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From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 9th, 1905:


Meeting Held Here Saturday to Consider Uniform Regulations. No Decision.
Another Meeting Called For Yesterday.

 A meeting of parishes from Lafayette to the Sabine river was held here Saturday to consider the question of agreement upon some uniform rules as to quarantine upon suggestion of Dr. Brumby of Houston.

 Those present were: Dr. A. J. Perkins, J. A. Bell, of Lake Charles; Dr. D. C. Iles, Vinton; Dr. H. A. Davidson, Welsh; Drs. C. E. Terry and E. A. Lee, Jennings. From Acadia; Dr. T. F. Jones, Mermentau; Drs. D. D. Mims, E. M. Ellis, J. H. Lewis, R. B. Raney, Crowley, Lafayette; Drs. Geo. Babcock, R. D. Voorhiesm F. R. Tolson, A. R. Trahan, L. A. Prejean and P. L. DeClouet, C. O. Mouton, and Dr. G. T. Tarleton district director.
 Dr. Tolson called the meeting to order and requested Dr. Perkins to preside. Dr. Raney was made secretary.

 The subject was discussed and a wide difference of opinion expressed. On motion of Dr.Tolson the following committee was appointed to draw up rules: Drs. Iles, Lee, Davidson, E. H. Jones, D. D. Mims, F. R. Tolson, L. A. Prejean, A. J. Perkins, T. T. Tarleton.

 The committee met after adjournment of meeting, but decided to call another conference to include New Iberia and St. Landry for Tuesday, July 8, and request Dr. Brumby of Houston and Dr. Tabor health officer of Texas to be present.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1905.


Meeting Held Here Saturday to Consider Uniform Quarantine Regulations. - No Decision. - Another Meeting Called For Yesterday.

 A meeting of the parishes from Lafayette to Sabine river was held here Saturday to consider the question of agreement upon some uniform rules as to quarantine upon suggestion of Dr. Brumby of Houston. Those present were: Calcasieu: Dr. A. J. Perkins, J. A. Bell, of Lake Charles; Dr. D. C. Isles, Vinton; Dr. H. A. Davidson, Welsh; Drs. C. E. Terry and E. A. Lee, Jennings. Acadia: Dr. T. F. Jones, Mermentau; Drs. D. D. Mims, E. M. Ellis, J. H. Lewis, R. B. Raney, Crowley, Lafayette; Drs. Geo. Babcock, R. D. Voorhies, F. R, Tolson, A. R. Trahan, L. A. Prejean and P. L. DeClouet, C. O. Mouton, and Dr. G. T. Tarleton district director.

 Dr. Tolson called the meeting to order and requested Dr. Perkins to preside. Dr. Raney was made secretary.

 The subject was discussed and a wide difference of opinion expressed. On motion of Dr. Tolson the following committee was appointed to draw up rules: Drs. Iles, Lee Davidson, E. H. Jones, D. D. Mims, F. R. Tolson, L. A. Prejean, A. J. Perkins, T. T. Tarleton.

 The committee met after adjournment of meeting, but decided to call another conference to call another conference to include New Iberia and St. Landry for Tuesday, July 8, and request Dr. Brumby of Houston and Dr. Tabor health officer of Texas to be present.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1905.


 Sanitary Treatment of the Sick Room.

 1. Place under mosquito bar and keep patient so protected from mosquitoes during the day and night for three full days, so as to prevent infection of mosquitoes.

 2. Screen opening of the room, doors, windows, transoms, etc.

 3. Fumigate room with sulphur to destroy possibly infected mosquitoesas early as possible after fourth day of fever.

 Sanitary Treatment of Neighborhoods to Prevent Spread of Fever from Cases Introduced.

 Destroy the only vehicles of infection - the stegomyia mosquitoes.

 Pour into each cistern a cupful of kerosene or insurance oil, and if the cistern be not screened repeat this every week. Pour oil from several points to spread it.

 Pour oil to cover surface of every collection of water not stocked with fish or removable by drainage.

 After this cutting off the source of supply, fumigate all rooms to kill adult mosquitoes.

 Sulphur burned in an iron pot is the surest way, and if used in proper quantity will not injure fabrics or colors. One pound to an average room is sufficient if room be closed, and one hour is long enough in ordinary cases. The fumes of sulphur will not remain long, and household ammonia sprinkled about the room will hasten their departure. Sulphur candles for fumigation are sold by druggists.

 The fumigation may be done in the morning, and the room will be free of odor by night, and it should be done preferably in dry weather. Do not neglect the down-stairs rooms in two-story houses.

 Other methods of fumigating may be adopted, such as burning of pyrethrum or insect powder, which is not unpleasant, or the volatizing of liquid chemical preparations, or the spraying of liquids prepared for the purpose, but sulpher is the most certain in results.

 Yellow fever is not a filth disease and ordinary sanitary cleanliness is not effective against it. The removal of filth is commendable at all times, but for the prevention of yellow fever is energy misdirected. The removal of mosquitoes for this purpose is energy scientifically applied.

 Treatment of the Patient.

 Medical treatment should whenever possible be directed by a physician, but when a physician is not immediately available the following points in treatment should be kept in mind.

 To relieve headache and fever, cold applications to the head may be employed.

 To promote action of skin cover with blanket and give hot footbath, with or without mustard. To encourage action of the kidneys give water to drink at frequent intervals and in small quantities. Use alkaline waters, vichy, seltzer water, etc. Give watermelon juice. To allay nausea give small pieces of ice to dissolve in mouth.

 Do not give solid food of any kind during several day and feed on milk, principally. The patient will not starve.

 Keep in bed and do not allow patient to sit up. The main part of the treatment of yellow fever is to avoid doing harm.

 Get a doctor as soon as possible and expect from him much advice and little medicine.
(Signed) QUITMAN KOHNKE, Health Officer.
Lafayette Gazette 8/9/1905. 


 At Conference As to Quarantine Regulations at Gordon Hotel Yesterday.

 Rules Adopted to Be Recommended to Boards of Health for Approval.

 Pursuant to call representatives from Calcasieu, Acadia, Vermilion, St. Landry and Lafayette, towns and parish boards of health met at the Gordon Hotel yesterday to agree upon uniform quarantine rules to be recommended to the various boards of health.

 The following certificate was adopted:

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 It was resolved as the sense of the meeting that passenger traffic be re-established with proper certificates as adopted between non-infected districts.

 Dr. Souchon's proclamation was read and section 2 adopted, that passengers from New Orleans after a detention of five days in a detention camp under the supervision and management of U. S. Marine Hospital Service and holding certificates signed by J. H. White, shall be admitted into all parishes and towns of Lafayette and holding certificates signed by Dr. J. H. White, shall be admitted into all parishes and towns of Louisiana. It was decided that freight be admitted which has been fumigated by the U. S. Marine Marine Service.

 Through passengers transferred from Harrahan to Avondale carrying certificates from the U. S. Marine Hospital Service to be accepted.

 It was decided that each parish along the Southern Pacific from Avondale to Echo and on branches, excepting infected, to appoint certain persons to issue certificates, their names to be furnished other parishes and be printed on certificates. Also responsible men as inspectors to be placed on trains from Avondale to Echo, from Lafayette to Alexandria, from New Iberia to Eunice, inspectors to have stamp and stamp all certificates.

 A rule was adopted that the baggage of all people holding 5-day detention certificate from U. S. H. S. be fumigated by the U. S. M. H. S.

 Boards of Health of each parish notify President of State Board of any suspicious  case at once and bulletins to be published daily in the New Orleans papers.

 Proceedings were ordered printed at once and copies furnished to the different parishes not infected along Southern Pacific.

 Presidents of the parish boards of health are to constitute a committee to carry out the various health boards. Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1905.

Received by the Mayor From Lafayette's Representative in New Orleans.

 States Cars Thoroughly Fumigate by U. S. Marine Service and No Need to Be Alarmed About Goods from City.

          NEW ORLEANS, July 31, 1905.
 To the President Board of Health and Mayor C. O. Mouton, of Lafayette, La.

 Arrived at New Orleans Saturday night. Sunday morning went over through the infected district. The patients are removed to a hospital on Dumaine street. Went to the Southern Pacific depot yesterday and saw how the cars were fumigated; to-day went earlier and saw how its done. They place from 5 to 7 pounds of sulphur in each car and the same is closed and not opened before ready to load freight. The fumigation is done by and under the superintendence of the U. S. Marine Hospital, through C. R. North, agent, and Dr. G. M. Carput, M. D.

 The city is in good sanitary condition and if you keep our little town in good sanitary condition, and fight the mosquito, everything will come out right. The people need not be alarmed about the goods from this place. No mosquito can live in any of the company's cars, after the fumigation I have seen. Now I will call your attention to your quarantine; be very strict with passengers - especially traveling clerks from New Orleans; also, see that conductors on trains don't let them off before reaching station, which I have found out is what they do.

 Have not had time to inquire and find out all I wish in regard to the number of cases; will send you this in next letter. I feel very well so far and hope you and all my friends in Lafayette are doing well; tell them not to be scared, it will all come out right in the end, but don't stop your fight against the mosquito. I have not as yet seen or heard a mosquito in the city, it's so well fumigated.

 My regards to you and all inquiring friends.
          JOS. A. CHARGOIS.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1905.

 Closing the Streets.

 I see by personal observation that our town council is doing a splendid good work in cleaning out the ditches and grading up our streets with the two new scrapers. I think that the Council made a very wise move in discarding the old spade and shovel system and purchasing two first class scrapers. They will be a great saving time and money, not only at the present time of cleaning up, but they will leave our streets in so much better shape for cleaning the next time they need cleaning.

 It is nearly always the case when a new system is adopted for cleaning up a city or town in a hurry that there will be some mistakes. I think here in Lafayette the Council has made a serious mistake in not paying more strict attention to levels when cleaning out the ditches with the scrapers. In many places they are scraped out from one to six inches and becomes stagnant, breeds mosquitoes and contagion until the sun dries it up. It is impossible to drain these low places without changing the whole system of drainage below them. Now the only remedy is to fill in the low places with fresh dirt so the stagnant water will run off. There is plenty of fresh dirt to be had for that purpose that was thrown up out of the main drain leading from the power house down through the town which drain would be much better by having it removed for the heavy weight of the dirt laying on the bank many times causes it to cave in and dam it up just at a time when it is most needed, when the banks are flooded; there are several other large drains that have dirt to spare on their banks for that purpose.

 The levels of these low places in ditches can be very easily found by driving short stakes down in the ditches to high water mark, every fifteen of twenty feet for a guide.
                     J. NICKERSON.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1905.

A Good Believer.

 The weather as a topic of conversation has for the present taken a back seat - yellow fever furnishes the theme. It is talked in the morning, afternoon and night, and the mosquito theory comes in for a large share of attention. A crowd on the street last week was discussing pro and con, some emphatically expressing their confidence in the mosquito theory. One of the gentlemen was saying nothing, is rather a quiet person anyway, when one of the speakers addressed him, "Do you believe in the mosquito theory?"  "Yes;" he replied, "I believe in the mosquito theory, the woolen goods theory, the dry goods theory and all the other theories, and don't want yellow fever a darn bit." The crowd broke up.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1905.

 City Council.

 A regular meeting of the Council was held Monday night with all members present except Girard, Coronna and Krauss.

 The collector submitted report showing collections from May 16 to July 31, $2,699.17.

 Mr. Wm. Campbell on part of the Auxiliary Committee requested that guards be placed at Coonville bridge on Breaux Bridge road and at Pin Hook, which would save necessity for several guards at town limits. Council appointed a committee to confer with parish and act.

 Finance committee was authorized to put in a new oil tank at the power plant.

 Mr. H. H. Hohorst applied for commission to make roll books for the town. Referred to finance committee.

 Supt. Breeding made report, stating that $25 to $50 of lights were being used in town and not paid for. Also that considerable saving had been made in fuel and otherwise at plant.

 A communication was read asking for electric wire down Buchanan street from Lacoste corner to Merchant's Grocer Co., offering to donate wire. Laid on table. The Council then adjourned. Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1905. 


Railroads Allowed to Change Crews at Avondale Instead of at Parish Line. Other Changes.

       Lafayette, La., Aug. 6, 1905.
  The Board of Health met this day, at 4 p. m. with all members present.

 On motion of Dr. R. D. Voorhies, duly seconded. It was resolved, That the Southern Pacific railroad be allowed to change crews at Avondale; that the crews from New Orleans and Algiers, and those from Lafayette, be camped at least half a mile apart, and that no mingling whatever be permitted between said crews. The trains leaving Avondale not to stop at any infected place. Resolved further, That the City Council will appoint a reliable and honorable man to see that this resolution is carried out to the letter; and that any resolution passed conflicting with this resolution is revoked.

 On motion of Dr. Geo C. Babcock, duly seconded, it was resolved, That telegraph and telephone line repairers be permitted to go beyond the lines of the parish in the discharge of their duties with proper authority, and to return, so long as there will not be any infected place within their territory. Resolved, further, That parties owning property on the line of the parish, part of which is in another parish, be permitted on application to the Board of Health to cross over the line to attend to such property, and return.

 On motion of Dr. L. O. Clark, duly seconded, it was resolved, That all train crews leaving said town he requested to give their word of honor to the President of the Board of Health that they will carry no one on their trains contrary to the rules and regulations of the Board of Health.

 On motion duly seconded, the Board adjourned, subject to call.
F. R. TOLSON, M. D. Secretary Board of Health.
    By P. L. DeClouet, Asst. Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1905.


Quarantine Regulations Adopted Shutting Out Strangers. Certificate or No Certificate.

 The Board of Health held a meeting Thursday afternoon and adopted the following resolutions.

 Resolutions 1st, That no strangers be allowed to enter the town limits with or without a certificates, and no persons of this parish of this parish or town be allowed to enter said town limits unless they known people of the parish or town and make proof by oath before entering that they have been outside of the parish limits within fifteen days. All inhabitants of the parish and town of Lafayette now absent will be received in the town on proper certificates until the last train on Saturday, the 6th inst., and after that time such persons will be detained ten days at detention camps.

 Resolved 2nd, That railroad passenger trains will be permitted to pass through the town, but no thereon will be allowed to get off. The United States mail only will be allowed to enter the town from these trains. The crews of passenger and freight trains once leaving the eastern limits of the parish will not be permitted to return to town. Station porters are not permitted to board the trains.

 Resolved 3rd, That no freight trains will be allowed to stop in town only long enough to get water and fuel and to leave the cars containing freight for the town of Lafayette, and all such cars must be thoroughly fumigated before the freight is taken therefrom.

 Resolved, 4th, That east and west bound crews will not be permitted to mingle at meeting points.

 Resolved, 5th, That Dr. L. O. Clark be appointed to supervise the establishment of the detention hospital and to enter into necessary contract to equip same.

 Resolved 6th, That these resolutions be adopted by the City Council of this town and made an ordinance of said town, and that the Mayor of this town issue his proclamation immediately upon the adoption of said ordinance, and that he calls on the citizens of said town to meet at the court house at the time to be fixed by himself, for volunteer quarantine service and for appointment and qualifications of such as may be appointed on the volunteer force, and to adopt such other measures as may be necessary to put said ordinance into effect.

 Resolved 7th, That copies of these resolutions be sent to the New Orleans and Times-Democrat and New Orleans Picayune for publication.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1905.

 Quarantine Conditions.

 It was believed at the beginning of yellow fever in New Orleans that owing to the knowledge that the disease was transmissible only by the mosquito, quarantine restrictions would not be of a nature to interrupt commerce, and that freight could go from all points, even infected ones without hindrance, and that passenger traffic would be continued under proper restrictions as to health certificates. At first it seemed as if such would be the case; but when the disease began to spread and to make its appearance outside of New Orleans, confidence in the mosquito theory weakened and with the continued spread until at present quarantine restrictions have reached a stage where travel is practically stopped and freight in some parts prohibited, resulting in great hardships. Conditions, however, show signs of improving, the strict quarantines being  more or less modified, and as the fever situation in New Orleans and elsewhere improves, demonstrating that the authorities have control, conditions will be still further bettered.

 At the request of Gov. Blanchard and the citizens of New Orleans, the Federal government has taken charge of the entire yellow fever situation and this fact has inspired considerable confidence, which, we believe, will lead to a rearrangement of quarantine regulations. The government is fully equipped to meet all conditions have the money, authority and experience, and it is reasonable to believe that what it has done in Cuba it can do more expeditiously and satisfactorily here. Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1905. 

To City Council to Modify Quarantine Regulations.

 A petition signed by about 150 people, requesting a modification of the quarantine regulations, was submitted to the joint session of the City Council and Board of Health Sunday. The rules were modified in some particulars as will be seen in proceedings published elsewhere, but the request as to admittance of persons was left over for consideration later pending the meeting of representatives of various parishes to meet here yesterday. Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1905.

 Volunteer Guards.

 Friday morning in response to a call made by the Mayor a meeting of citizens was held at the court house to organize a volunteer quarantine guard to guard the roads leading into town. A considerable number volunteered. District Attorney Campbell was chosen general supervisor, and A. J. LeBlanc, Jerome Mouton, Edwin Campbell and Louis Lacoste captains. The guards began duty Friday night. Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1905.


 The City Council has shown and is showing commendable energy in cleaning up the town, and screening cisterns, oiling stagnant water and draining the streets. Good sanitary conditions contribute to the health of the community and both fortify a man against the contraction of disease and make him more able to withstand it when contracted.

 The fight on the mosquito is, in view of the fact that he is responsible for the propagation of yellow fever - the germ in the air as it were - the principal thing. No mosquito, no yellow fever, and a thorough examination of the pernicious insect means immunity. There should be no let up on the mosquito fight. Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1905.


 Latest Report Received Here of Conditions in New Orleans.

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     Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1905.

 Archbishop Chapelle Stricken with Yellow Fever.

 Announcement was made Sunday that Archbishop Chapelle, who is New Orleans, was sticken with yellow fever. The news will be received here with much regret and the sincere hope for his speedy recovery. Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1905.


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 Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1905.

Train Service.

 Owing to quarantine the Southern Pacific has discontinued all passenger trains except No. 9 going west, due at 5:01 p. m. and No. 10 going east, due at 1:15 p. m. Both trains have been made locals and therefore will arrive later than the hours mentioned. The north bound branch train No. 127 will wait for No. 9. Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1905.


 Council has recalled Mr. Jos. A. Chargois, who was sent to New Orleans to specially investigate methods of freight fumigation. He report is published in another column. Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1905. 

Lawn Party.

 Miss Ines Biossat entertained a few girl friends Friday afternoon in honor of her cousin Miss Norma Bates' birthday.

 After playing numerous games on the lawn delicious refreshments were served. Those present were: Misses Alice Moss, Helen, Odide and Gertrude Mouton, Martha Pellerin and Hinda Schmulen, Stella Roy. Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1905.

Archbishop Chapelle Stricken with Yellow Fever. - Announcement was made Sunday that Archbishop Chapelle, who is in New Orleans, was stricken with yellow fever. The news will be received here with much regret and the sincere hope for his speedy recovery. Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1905.

Short Locals.
The street committee is having the ditch across Lincoln avenue at Garfield street boxed in and covered after deepening it. This is a much needed and necessary improvement.

Yesterday guards were placed at the Coonville Bridge road and at Pin Hook. 
Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1905.

DESTROY THE MOSQUITOES. - The City Council has shown and is showing commendable energy in cleaning up the town, and screening cisterns, oiling stagnant water and draining the streets. Good sanitary conditions contribute to the health of the community and both fortify a man against the contraction of disease and make him more able to withstand it when contracted.

 The fight on the mosquito is, in view of the fact that he is responsible for the prorogation of yellow fever - the germ in the air, as it were - the principal thing. No mosquito, no yellow fever, and a thorough extermination of the pernicious insect means immunity. There should be no let up on the mosquito fight. 
Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1905.

Train Service. - Owing to the quarantine the Southern Pacific has discontinued all passenger trains except No. 9 going west, due at 5:01 p. m. and No. 10 going east, due at 1:15 p. m. Both trains have been made locals and therefore will arrive later than the hours mentioned. The north bound branch train No. 127 will wait for No. 9. Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1905.

 He got in. - Lots of funny things happen out on the guard posts on the roads leading into town. A day or two ago an old negro presented himself for entrance to town, when the guard began cross questioning him. The question was put to him, "Do you live in Lafayette parish," "No, sah, Boss, I lives on Mr. Broussard's place." They let him in. Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1905.

St. Julien-Girouard.

 Mr. J. Gilbert St. Julien and Miss Idolie Girouard were united in marriage at the Sacred Heart Catholic church, Broussard, La., on Tuesday, Aug. 1. Miss Girouard is the charming daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Girouard of Broussard, and Mr. St. Julien is one of Lafayette's prominent young men and an assistant at the Clerk of Court's office. He also represents this parish in the State legislature. The Advertiser joins the many friends of the popular young couple in best wishes for their future happiness and prosperity. Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1905.  

Police Jury Proceedings.

              Lafayette, La., Aug. 3, 1905.
  The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following named members present: M. Billeaud, Jr., President; L. G. Breaux, C. Spell, J. Edmond Mouton, J. H. Connolly, J. H. Begnaud, P. R. Landry, Albert Theall and Valery Boudreaux.

 The minutes of the last regular meeting, meetings of the Jury as Board of Reviewers of July 7 and 12, and special meeting of the Jury July 26, were read and approved after making the following corrections in the minutes of the last regular meeting of July 6.

 Mr. Boudreaux stated, relative to a drain across the railroad track and the crossing at the Lafayette Refinery, that he had seen Mr. C. C. Mallard and not Superintendent Shackford as reported. That he reported against the cutting of Cunningham's levee, preferring and advising the opening of the ditch.

 Mr. Begnaud corrected the bill of Edgar Breaux to read "Special fund."

 Mr. Landry stated the name of Eloi Benoit instead of L. B. Benoit should show in the petition for the proposed new road near Onezine Langlinais'.

 Mr. Breaux moved that motion relative to the parish building bridges on the proposed new road from the Pest House to Johnston street be changed to read as follows: The parish to furnish the lumber and nails, donors to grade the road and build the bridges. Carried.

 Dr. L. A. Prejean, President Parish Board of Health, appeared before the Jury and asked that the following be adopted:  That the registered physicians of the parish be requested to report all suspicious cases of fever to the Health officers of the ward who in turn immediately reports Dr. Prejean. The same was unanimously adopted.

 Rousseau Mouton, a beneficiary cadet of the parish, to the Louisiana State University, asked the Jury to renew the appropriation of $250.00 in his favor. Moved and seconded that the parish make an appropriation of $250.00 in favor of Rousseau Mouton as beneficiary cadet to the Louisiana State University. Carried.

 Mr. Mouton reported the arrangement of the Parish School of Health with the town of Lafayette Board as regards the expenses of the quarantine, stating that the expenses of the detention camp would be borne, two thirds by the parish and one third by the town of Lafayette. Report accepted.

 Mr. Mouton asked permission to have a telephone put at at the detention camp near Bayou Carencro. Authorized.

 Mr. Connolly gave the name of Dr. Z. J. Francez as Health Officer of the 5th ward. Accepted.


 Mr. Begnaud reported communication from Mr. F. J. Bernard, Police Juror of Acadia Parish, relating to the boundary line road between Lafayette and Acadia Parish, relating to the boundary line road between Lafayette and Acadia, Mr. Bernard stating that they had deciding to wait until the suit affecting the said line, between Messrs. Mire and Bradford, now in the Supreme Court, was decided, before taking any action. Mr. Begnaud stated his verbal agreement with the Acadia official, was that he (Mr. Begnaud) was to put the canal near the boundary line in first class condition, and that Acadia parish would put the dividing line road in first class condition, after which each parish would keep up half the said road; that he had fulfilled his part of the verbal contract, but that the Acadia official had not carried out his part, for the reason advanced in Mr. Bernard's letter.

 The Secretary was instructed to write to the president of the Police Jury of Acadia parish, urging the immediate repairing of the boundary line road as per understanding between Messrs. Begnaud of Lafayette and Bernard of Acadia and to press the fact that Lafayette has been waiting on them for the last four or five Boards, that unless prompt attention be given to the matter, the Police Jury of this Parish, would proceed according to law to have the road in question opened and put in navigable condition.

 Messrs. Mouton and Boudreaux reported the acceptance of the bid of Mr. Barringer to furnish the paint, scrape, and paint the jail for $95.00. Report accepted.

 Messrs. Mouton and Boudreaux suggested several repairs to be made to the jail and advised making these repairs before going any further with the painting. The secretary was instructed to write to the Pauly Jail Company, as they had built the jail, asking that they send one of their men to look it over.

 Mr. Landry turned over a deed, properly executed, as per petition of July 12 for the land for the proposed road near the properties of Onezime Langlinais and others, part of which land was donated and the rest expropriated, the damages being paid by those interested in said road. A receipt from the Treasurer showing the amount of money necessary for expropriation to have been deposited to the parish's credit, was also turned over to the Jury, all of which was accepted and ordered placed on file.

 Messrs. Spell and Breaux reported having completed bridge on Coulee Ile des Cannes. Report was accepted and committee discharged.

 Mr. Boudreaux reported having seen Mr. Z. Doucet with reference to road purchased from him in 1882, but for which the parish had never obtained title, and stated that the strip in question now belongs to Mr. Comeaux, that there was no provision in the sale from Mr. Doucet showing the road having been purchased by the parish; that he felt sure Mr. Doucet would refund the parish the amount of $50.00 as paid at the (unreadable word) for (unreadable words), and that Mr. Comeaux was willing to accept this amount and give the parish title. Moved and seconded that Mr. Boudreaux be confirmed as a committee to interview Mr. Doucet relative to the refund of the $50.00.

 Mr. Conally reported having seen Mr. Shackford regarding the culverts at Carencro, that he obtained promise to have the matter attended to as soon as possible.

 Mr. Theall stated that he had obtained right of way for a road in the fourth ward along Coulees Darby and Desols except along the property of Dr. R. O. Young for a length of 5 or 6 arpents and asked that a committee of at least 6 freeholders be appointed to expropriate that part of the road.

 Mr. H. M. Durke here appeared and promised to grade the road in question free of charge, and to also obtain the necessary money for the cost of expropriation.

 Moved and seconded that a committee of freeholders consisting of Messrs. Overton Cade, Laodis Broussard, Theobold O. Broussard, Andre Hebert, Robert Hebert and Elias Theall be appointed to expropriate said road. Carried.

 Mr. Begnaud reported having contracted to tear down the old and build a new bridge on Coulee DuRodare at 30 cents per foot. Report accepted.

 Moved and seconded, that a committee of three be appointed to go over the report of the committee on the settlement with the sheriff, which report was made at the last regular meeting, the original committee suggesting a probable error in said report. Carried. Committee: L. G. Breaux, Albert Theall and F. V. Mouton.

 Mr. Elias Spell appeared before the Jury and stated that since the bridge on the coulee near his place needed repairing, and contending that the said bridge on the coulee near his place needed repairing, and contending that the said bridge was on his land, he would ask before making the necessary repairs that the parish have the road surveyed with a view of ascertaining the true line and placing the bridge at its proper place; that if it was found that the bridge in question was in its correct place, he would pay the expenses of the survey and give the dirt to fly the road in front of same, that otherwise the parish to pay expenses. No action taken.

 The resignation of road overseers Norbert Simon and Valantin Duhon, both of the second ward, were read and accepted. Ursin Hoffpauir and Leroy Porter were appointed to fill the vacancies.

 Communication from Mr. Aymar Comeaux protesting against the Jury accepting the proposed new road by the properties of Onezime Langlinais and others, was read. No action taken.

 An ordinance submitted by Attorney C. H. Mouton relative to the vehicle road tax was read in full as follows and unanimously adopted:

 AN ORDINANCE to levy a license tax for the year 1905, Anno Domini, and for each subsequent year, upon each vehicle and bicycle used for locomotion over the public roads of the parish of Lafayette, for the purpose of constructing, maintaining, and repairing the public roads and bridges.

 Section 1.  Be it enacted and ordained by the Police Jury of the parish of Lafayette, that a license tax to raise funds for the purpose of constructing, maintaining and repairing the public roads and bridges, be and is hereby imposed and levied for the year 1905 and for each subsequent year, upon each bicycle and vehicle owned by residents of the parish of Lafayette, including residents of incorporated towns in said parish, used for locomotion over the public roads of said parish, graded as follows, to-wit:

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 Section 2.  Be if further enacted and ordained that the license tax herein imposed and levied by the first section of this ordinance for the year 1905, Anno Domini, shall be due and collect-able by the sheriff tax-collector of the parish of Lafayette on the first day of September and for each subsequent year on the first day of the month of March.

 Section 3.  Be it further enacted and ordained that on or before the first day of March and on or before the first day of March for each subsequent year, every resident of the parish of Lafayette, including residents of incorporated towns of said parish, owner of any one of the vehicles, bicycles and automobiles upon the use of which for locomotion over the public roads this license tax is imposed and levied, is required to procure from the sheriff tax collector of said parish a metallic plate with the words "Road License Tax" with number, year engraved or stamped thereon, which said owner or owners shall tack or attach on the left hand side of such vehicle or bicycle so used, said metallic plate to stand as a receipt for the license tax of said year and no other.

 Section 4.  Be it further enacted and ordained that on the first day of March, and on the first day of March, and on the first day of March for each subsequent year all residents of the parish of Lafayette including those residing in incorporated towns, owner or owners of vehicles, bicycles or automobiles mentioned in section 1 of this ordinance, are required to comply with the provisions of this ordinance by procuring said metallic plate as herein directed.

 Section 5. It is further enacted and ordained, that the metallic plate mentioned in the preceding sections shall be delivered to the owner or owners of said vehicles, bicycles and automobiles, by the said tax-collector, free of cost, after payment of said license tax, said metallic plate to stand in lieu of a license as above imposed and levied.

 Section 6.  The secretary of the Police Jury shall procure the number of metallic plates necessary to carry out the execution of the provisions of this ordinance, and which he will hand over to the sheriff tax-collector and take his receipt for the same.

 Section 7.  Be it further enacted and ordained that after the first day of March of the year 1905 and after the first day of March of each subsequent year, no resident of the parish of Lafayette, or of any incorporated town therein, owner or possessor of any of the vehicles, bicycles, or automobiles, mentioned and enumerated and subjected to the license tax imposed and levied by the first section of this ordinance, shall use or allow to be used said vehicles, bicycles or automobiles for locomotion over the public roads of this parish without having previously complied with the provisions and the requirements of Section 3 of this ordinance.

 Section 8.  Be it further enacted and ordained that the sheriff tax-collector and his deputies are hereby authorized and ordered to seize any vehicle, bicycle or automobile belonging to a resident owner not having the metallic plate tacked or attached thereto as required by the provisions of this ordinance which said vehicle, bicycle or automobile may be found in use for locomotion over the public roads of the parish of Lafayette and thereupon said sheriff tax-collector shall immediately institute suit before competent court against the owner or owners of said seized vehicle, bicycle or automobile, for the recovery of the amount of license tax due and cost (including as cost five dollars, fee for said sheriff tax-collector): and after judgment said seized vehicle, bicycle or automobile shall be advertised as required by law and sold to the highest bidder for cash without appraisement; proceeds to be applied first to the payment of the tax due and cost.

 Section 9.  Be it further enacted and ordained, that it shall be the duty of the sheriff tax-collector to report at the regular session of the Police Jury in every month of each year, and give a list of the names of each person to whom he has issued a license as required by the provisions of this ordinance, with the number of the ward or road district of the residence of said person and amount paid for said license.

 Section 10.  Be it further enacted and ordained, that this ordinance shall take effect after thirty days' publication in the official journal of this parish.

 Section 11.  Be it further ordained that all parts of this ordinance passed by this body on the sixth day of February, nineteen hundred and two, levying a special license and per capita tax for the year nineteen hundred and two and for each subsequent year, inconsistent with the provisions of this present ordinance are hereby repealed, leaving in full operation all provisions concerning the per capita tax and the collection thereof.

 Emile Grand, Jr., having paid a tax of $2,75 twice asked that the amount of $2.75 be refunded him. So ordered upon presentation of the receipts.

 For the following reasons it was ordered that: Clasmar Broussard be refunded 75 cents account no buggy.

 Antoine Tamassee be refunded $1.00 per capita tax account over age.

 Ned Glover be refunded $1.00 per capita tax account over age.

 Ovignac Prejean be refunded $1.00, account underaged.

 Jos. White be refunded 25 cents accounts overaged, retaining 75 cents for buggy tax.

 Eraste Guidry be refunded $1.00 account no surrey.

 H. M. Durke be refunded on presentation of receipts, account double assessment.

 Numa Chiasson be refunded $1.00 account overaged.

 Althem Martin be refunded $1.00 account no wagon.

 Moved and seconded that the secretary notify the sheriff that the per capita tax is collectible from persons of 18 to 55 years of age. Carried.

 Mr. Connolly asked permission of the Jury to allow the turning over of the road tax money, paid by the town of Carencro, to themselves. Granted, provided the same was accepted by the town officials and that they agree to keep those roads in good condition.

 In view of the fact that a good many animals are dying throughout the parish, it was moved and seconded that the constable of each ward be instructed to call to the attention of the owners the ordinance of the Jury requiring there dead animals to be buried at a depth of not less than four feet. It being preferable to have them burned with petroleum oil. Carried.

 Report of treasurer accepted:

 To the President and Members of Police Jury, Parish of Lafayette, La.:

 Following is a statement of receipts and disbursements of the parish funds since my last report:

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 Respectfully submitted,
                 J. E. MARTIN,
                     Parish Treasurer.
Lafayette, La., Aug. 3, 1905.
To the President and Members of Police Jury, Parish of Lafayette, La.:
         Following is a statement of receipts and disbursements of the special road funds since my last report:

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  Respectfully submitted,
               J. E. MARTIN,
            Parish Treasurer.
  Lafayette, La., Aug. 3, 1905.
       The following bills were approved:

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 There being no further business a motion adjourn prevailed.
M. BILLEAUD, JR., President.
FELIX H. MOUTON, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1905.

 Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 8/9/1905.

 Council had recalled Mr. Jos. A. Chargois, who was sent to New Orleans to specifically investigate methods of freight fumigation. His report is published in another column.

 The street committee is having the ditch across Lincoln avenue at Garfield street boxed in and covered after deepening it. This is a much needed and necessary improvement.

 Yesterday guards were placed at the Coonville bridge; on the Breaux Bridge road and Breaux Bridge road and at Pin Hook bridge.

 D. P. Stubbs, division passenger at Lafayette, left Thursday to visit relatives in Chicago.

 Dr. H. P. Beeler left last week for a visit to his parents in Louisville, Ky.

 Geo. A. DeBlanc, who is in Mexico with his little daughter, Emily, kindly remembered us with a postal having a beautiful view of Popacateptl e Itztlazihuati volcano on the reverse side.

 Miss Lizzie Lunny, who was night operator for the Cumberland Telephone Company, has resigned her position and left yesterday afternoon in company with little Nora Cotter, who has been spending several months at the home of her her grandmother, Mrs. C. P. Alpha, for their homes in Franklin. Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1905.

From the Lafayette Gazette of August 9th, 1902:


And Maybe a Gusher - The Moresi Brothers are Rewarded After Fifteen Months of Hard Work. 

Oil In Large Quantities Found on the Pourcio Farm in the Anse Labutte Field.

 After many months of hard, persistent work the Moresi brothers have found oil in paying quantities on the Pourcio place, about four miles from the Town of Lafayette. Tuesday morning a telephone message was received in this town that the long sought fluid had been found in quantity sufficiently large to guarantee a good pumper and possibly a first-class gusher. A representative of this paper went immediately to the field and was able to personally verify the report. It did not take long to ascertain that the good news which had reached town by telephone was fell founded. Several barrels filled with pure oil furnished all the proof necessary to satisfy any one that the report had not been in the least exaggerated. The gutters, which had been used to carry the water away were filled with oil and nothing else was needed to show that the well had been induced to give up its precious wealth. The bailer was sent down several times, and it never failed to come up again filled with oil. And all this despite the fact that the well had not been completely bailed out.

 The experts who had come from Beaumont, Sour Lake and Jennings said that every indication pointed to a large supply of oil, and that nowhere else had such a large quantity of oil been found so near the surface. Judgement was also passed on the quality of the oil and that to was favorable to the Anse Labutte product.

 Cap Moresi, who has been directing the operations of the Moresi brothers, received numerous congratulations as soon as it was announced that oil had been found in large quantities. It is due principally to his untiring efforts that Anse Labutte is to-day proven territory.

 It is said that the Messrs. Moresi will lose no time in drilling other wells. They are expert drillers and thoroughly equipped for this kind of work.

 A short distance from the Moresi well the Heywoods are boring. The work there is being done under the supervision of Capt. Harper, one of the most successful drillers who have operated at Beaumont. Capt. Harper is a thoroughly skillful oilman and it is safe to say that if there is any oil there he will find it.

 Of course the discovery of oil at Anse Labutte has created quite a stir among oil people. Men interested in that business are arriving in Lafayette on every train. Several of the oil companies have sent representatives here and we may look for increased activity in the oil circles.

 J. C. Nickerson, the enterprising real estate agent, secured a barrel of oil from the Messrs. Moresi and distributed it in small bottles among the people of the town. Tuesday morning when Sheriff Broussard heard the good news he left at once for the field, carrying with him the "necessaries" to celebrate the event in fitting style. When the field was reached a basket of champagne was opened and the occasion was commenced in bumper of pure wine.

  There is a movement on foot among the stock-holders of the Lafayette Oil and Mineral Company to revive the interest in that organization. Leo Judice, the president, stated that steps would soon be taken to utilize the drilling apparatus which was bought by the company about a year ago, but which has never been used. The company has a good plant and only a comparatively small amount is needed to bore a well. All in all, the Lafayette-Anse Labutte field is a most promising one. The element of uncertainty exists no more and we may expect to see the field thoroughly developed.
Lafayette Gazette 8/9/1902.


 Thanks to the splendid work of the Messrs. Moresi the Anse la Butte territory is now a proven oil field. Before congratulating ourselves upon our good fortune, let us give to the Moresi brothers their full measure of praise. Fifteen months ago these energetic men began work of exploiting the Anse la Butte field. As was to be expected in an enterprise of this character adverse circumstances had to be met and overcome. It required both the expenditure of money and the exercise of skill and judgment, but the Messrs. Moresi were equal to the task and to them is due the great credit of proving to the most skeptical that there is oil in paying quantities at Anse la Butte. The work which has been so well done has been directed by Mr. Emile Moresi. To this gentleman the discovery of oil is nothing less than a personal triumph.

 To the town of Lafayette the discovery of oil at Anse la Butte is of vast importance. Nothing has happened in recent years so well calculated to develop this section of country. A pipe line from the field will convey oil to this town at very small cost.

This item alone, and it is by no means the only one to be considered, makes the discovery of oil at Anse la Butte an event of the greatest significance to this community.

 Lafayette can well afford to rejoice over the success of the Moresi brothers. To these enterprising men it owes a debt of gratitude. Lafayette Gazette 8/9/1902.

 Get a Sample of Oil.

 J. C. Nickerson, the real estate agent, has at his office a barrel of oil from Moresi well which he desires to give away in small quantities. Persons wishing samples of the oil should apply to Mr. Nickerson. You can keep the sample as a memento or you may send it to some friend. Lafayette Gazette 8/9/1902.

The Pioneer Oil Man.

 P. Ledanois, who was the first man to make an organized effort to develop the Anse la Butte oil field, came to Lafayette Thursday to meet a number of stock-holders of the Ledanois-Martin Company. Long ago, Mr. Ledanois predicted the discovery of oil at Anse la Butte. He is largely interested in the holdings of the Ledanois-Martin Company. Lafayette Gazette 8/9/1902.  

Leaving for New York.

 Col. Breaux intends to leave Sunday for New York with a view of making the necessary arrangements to bore for oil on his lands situated between this town and Anse la Butte. Splendid surface indications on Col. Breaux's property have attracted the attention of oil men who caused scientific investigations to be made and who have  
since expressed a desire to develop the field. It is for the purpose of meeting these men that Col. Breaux will visit New York. Lafayette Gazette 8/9/1902.


At Washington - Business Portion Goes Up in Smoke.

 Late Tuesday afternoon chief of the fire department, F. V. Mouton, received a message from the mayor of Washington stating that help was needed. The message asked for men and all the available hose.

 Mr. Mouton immediately summoned about a hundred men and procured all the hose that the two could spare to go to the relief of Washington. The local railroad authorities lost no time in getting a train ready and in a short time while the Lafayette firemen were on their way to Washington, which was reached in thirty-three minutes.
When the Lafayette contingent reached Washington the fire was pretty well under control but the boys were not too late to give some help.
Having no fire department the people of Washington were absolutely at the mercy of flames which lasted many hours.

 A special from Washington the the Times-Democrat gives the following account of the fire:
"The most disastrous and destructive fire that has been known in this section occurred here to-day. The entire business portion of the town was destroyed. The estimated loss is over $100,000, with an insurance of about $25,000. The fire originated in the stable of Abram Meyer. It soon communicated to the opera house, and then the adjoining buildings were ignited. The large building of A. Meyers was soon consumed. The two-story building of G. R. Baillio then fell a victim to the flames. The post office and the Jacob Plonsky residence, the drug store of Lynch Bros., the Washington State Bank building and the residence and store of Carl Wolff were all burned.

  "Washington is grateful for the valuable assistance rendered in this emergency by the firement of Lafayette and Opelousas, who came to her assistance. The town had no facilities for fighting fire." Lafayette Gazette 8/9/1902.

 No Cause For Alarm. - It has been stated that present conditions at the power-house would make it impossible to secure an adequate flow of water in the event of a fire. The Gazette is informed that such is not the case, as the standpipe is kept full and that the mains are being supplied directly from the well. Laf. Gazette 8/9/1902.


 Mr. George H. DeClouet and Miss Leila Cornay, two most estimable young persons, were united in marriage Tuesday evening at the Catholic church in this town, Rev. Father Bollard officiating. The church was filled with the friends and relatives of the groom and bride. The bride, who was most handsomely dressed, was given away, by her cousin, Dr. Roussel, of Patterson, and was attended by her sister, Miss Bessie Cornay, as bridesmaid, Mr. Charles Debaillon acted as groomsman.

 After the ceremony a few friends and members of the family repaired to the home of the bride's mother, Mrs. F. Cornay, where a reception was held.

 Mr. and Mrs. DeClouet left the same day for a bridal trip through Tennessee and Virginia. Mr. and Mrs. DeClouet were the recipient of a large number of beautiful presents.
Lafayette Gazette 8/9/1902.

To Pay Its Criminal Expenses and Support Its Schools.

 At its last meeting the City Council was asked the make an appropriation toward running the town schools during the coming session. After listening to a committee from the School Board, composed of Supt. Alleman, Dr. Moss and Mr. Spell, it was suggested that the Council appoint a committee to meet representatives from the Police Jury with a view of reaching an agreement by which the school revenues of the town will be kept separate from those of the parish. Acting upon this suggestion, which appealed at once to the judgment of the councilmen, the following gentlemen were appointed to confer with a delegation from the Police Jury: F. Demanade, Geo. A. DeBlanc and A. E. Mouton; Mayor Caffery was made chairman of the committee.

 At its meeting Thursday, the Police Jury being informed of the action of the City Council, appointed the following members to meet the municipal committee: President Billeaud, Frank Mouton, John Whittington and Saul Broussard.

 During the evening both the committees met and the town made substantially the following proposition to the parish:

   1. That the parish 3-mill tax will be refunded to the town.

   2. That the town will pay all its criminal expenses.

   3. That the town will bear the total cost of its schools.

 The statement has often been made that the parish supports the town schools. We are satisfied that this statement will not be borne out by the facts. But that need not be discussed. The thing to do is to reach an agreement upon an equitable basis which will forever silence the talk that the people of the town do not pay for the education of their children.

 We hope that these differences will be adjusted by the town and parish authorities, and that we shall hear no more of the charge that the taxpayers of the parish are made to pay for the education of the children of the town. Lafayette Gazette 8/9/1902.

 An Up-to-date Plant.

 The plant of the Lafayette Brick and Tile Company is nearly completed and will soon be ready to go to work. A gentleman of vast experience in the brick business stated that the plant of the Lafayette Company is strictly up-to-date and is one of the best in the State. The company has already several orders to fill and has every reason to expect a big business from the start. Lafayette Gazette 8/9/1902.

For More Homes - A Sign of Municipal Growth.

 The growth of Lafayette has been such in recent years that it has been found necessary to lay out several "additions" to accommodate the increase in the town's population. Recognizing the need of more room to build new homes, Mr. S. R. Parkerson has decided to lay out in town his twenty-five acre tract near the east end of Lincoln avenue. Mr. C. S. Babin, the well-known civil engineer, is now engaged in making the survey and laying out the lots, each of which is to measure 50 x 125 feet. The opening of this tract will enable residents of the town to acquire homes in a most desirable locality. Already several lots have been sold, and we may expect to see new dwellings go up in that part of town in the near future. Lafayette Gazette 8/9/1902.  

Regular Monthly Meeting Held Monday afternoon.

      Lafayette, La., Aug. 4, 1902. - A regular meeting of the City Council was held this day, Mayor C. D. Caffery presiding. Members present: G. A DeBlanc, H. Hohorst, J. O. Mouton, A. E. Mouton, F. Demanade. Absent:  F. E. Girard.

 Minutes of previous meetings approved as read.

 Dr. N. P. Moss, Supt. L. J. Alleman and Mr. Spell, committee from the School Board, asked for an appropriation for public schools.

 On motion of G. A. DeBlanc, seconded by A. E. Mouton, the following committee was appointed to confer with Police Jury and School Board relative to public school appropriation: G. A. DeBlanc, F. Demanade and A. E. Mouton.

 Mr. McIlhenny appeared before the Council and asked that a franchise be granted him for operating an electric street railway in the city limits. The Council took same under consideration until next Monday.

 Moved and seconded that petition of C. M. E. church in regard to light rates be referred to water and light committee for adjustment. Carried.

 The finance committee's report was accepted as follows:

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 The collector has collected and paid into the treasury in taxes, licenses, lights, water, material and miscellaneous: $2,582.75. His commission at three per cent is $77.48 for which amount the Council should issue warrant in payment to date.
                             GEO. A. DEBLANC,
                             A. E. MOUTON,
                             H. H. HOHORST,
                                     Finance committee.

 The following bills were approved:
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 There being no further business the Council adjourned.
C. D. CAFFERY, Mayor.
Lafayette Gazette 8/9/1902.

Regular Meeting - Granting of Oil Pipe Franchise and Other Business Attended To.

 The Police Jury met last Thursday, July 7, with all the members present.

 Mr. Blanchet reported completion of the cutoff road from Lafayette to Abbeville, east bank; same having been thoroughly graded and bridged under supervision of H. M. Durke. By motion the road was accepted and $20 ordered paid J. E. Kee, contractor.

 Mr. Whittington reported his inability to secure right of for the proposed new road from post-house to the Industrial School. Dr. J. F. Mouton had refused to sell or donate. The report was accepted and committee discharge.

 Messrs. Whittington and Mouton reported having found the public roads complained of in the first ward in fair condition, but recommended that they be graded properly. The roads in the ward compare favorably with those of any ward in the parish.

 Messrs. Chas. D. Caffery and George DeBlanc representing the City Council of Lafayette appeared and asked the appointment of a committee to confer with a like committee from the Council relative to the separation of town schools from those of the parish in the matter of appropriations. Later the two committees met in the city hall, Mayor Caffery presiding, and a proposition submitted by the town that the Police Jury give to the town schools the entire revenue derived from the three mill criminal tax levied on corporation property by the parish, the City Counsel assuming obligation of running the town schools and paying all criminal expenses, chargeable. The appropriations then made by the Jury would applied exclusively to the parish schools thus avoiding all friction which at times reached a very acute stage. Messrs. Billeaud, Mouton, Saul Broussard and Jno. Whittington represented the parish in the conference and will submit the proposition to the Jury at the next regular meeting.

 The sum of $75 was granted by request of Mr. Louis Whittington for repairing the Ridge school-house in the 2d ward, subject to the action of the School Board.

 Mr. Lacy presented a request for a road in the first ward to lead north from the proposed new Catholic church, but as the petition was not regular the matter was postponed.

 Lumber for bridge; was allowed Messrs. Whittington, Lacy, Mouton, Billeaud and Alex Broussard.

 Attorney Mouton reported that under Act 179 of 1898, the Jury had no right to interfere with the destruction of fish in the streams, but that this function resided in the State and its constituted authorities.

 The Jury called attention of the collector to delinquents of the special road and per capita tax and resolved that after August 20 this tax shall be collected with costs. Road overseers were instructed to issue proper notices to all delinquents.

 By motion of Mr. Buchanan, the Jury resolved unanimously to grant to A. Moresi & Sons a franchise to lay an oil pipe line from Anse la Butte to Lafayette so soon as authorized to do so under the recent legislation enactment. Sheriff Broussard represented Messrs. Moresi and it was agreed that the privilege should be granted for oil or gas or both.

 The secretary was authorized to fit up the Police Jury room with all needed conveniences.

 The treasurer's reports showed cash balance general fund: $30.05; special road fund $1,738.63.

 After approval of accounts the Jury adjourned. Lafayette Gazette 8/9/1902.

 Selected News Notes (Gazette) 8/9/1902.

 Mr. A. L. Dyer, who is a leading merchant at Youngsville, passed through Lafayette Wednesday on his way to New York where he goes for the purpose of buying a large and complete stock of goods for the fall and winter trade.

Miss Gussie Wolff and Mrs. M. Klaus, who were visiting relatives in Lafayette, left Tuesday night for their homes in Washington. Their return to Washington was hastened by the fire which totally destroyed Miss Wolff's home.

 The man Huck who was arrested on a train and jailed here on a charge of stealing a badge pin, valued at $5.00, was released under a $25 appearance bond. Huck left the same day for New Orleans where he has a wife and children.

 Judge Debaillon and Simeon Begnaud, left this week to spend some time at Sour Lake and High Island, Texas.

 J. E. Trahan and daughter, Miss Edith, returned home this week after spending quite a while in California.

 New Cotton. - Last Wednesday the Gerac Ginnery bought 500 pounds of new cotton raised by a negro, Peter Anderson, near Scott. The cotton sold for 10 cents per pound. Lafayette Gazette 8/9/1902.




 From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 9th, 1902:

In Large Quantities.

 Moresi's Well Flowing Satisfactorily.

 All Credit is Due The Moresis.

 Town of Lafayette Full of Strangers.


 Tuesday at 8 a. m., the glad news was phoned that oil was flowing from the Moresi's well at Anse la Butte and that prospects for a gusher were excellent. A representative of the Advertiser hurriedly drove to the new field and was richly rewarded for having made the trip. Oil was seen flowing in large quantities at every time the bailer was extracted the the quality of the fluid in odor and color differing materially from either the Beaumont or Jennings oil. From opinions extracted from many who profess to know, this oil will be of superior grade and will easily be converted into a lubricant of good quality. Too much praise cannot be given the pioneer discoverers of this oil, the Moresis. With a perseverance that would exhaust the good intentions of any man, the Moresis worked with the determination of Trojans and by superhuman efforts and patience finally succeeded in their aim with a reward that we hope will for ever make their name synonymous with prosperity and wealth in Southwest Louisiana. No one can estimate the good results this great discovery means for this parish. It will like magic stimulate business in every line and connected with the other industries if Lafayette make this city the most important one in Louisiana. Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1902.


 A disastrous fire swept the entire business portion of the town of Washington, La., on Tuesday. The losses will amount to over $100,000 with only about $18,000 insurance. A call for help was wired the Lafayette Fire Department and a special train with 200 men left for the stricken town. The Lafayette boys did their best to save what was left which was indeed very little. Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1902.

To the Good People of Lafayette.

 Your town has thus far escaped a disastrous fire conflagration, and this good luck of the past cannot guarantee you similar future conditions. New Iberia, Jeanerette, Opelousas, Abbeville, Jennings, Washington have all been reduced to ashes. Lafayette is still immune, but for what length of time? The warning is now to you! Let us figure on some insurance that will protect you in case fire should burn you out. Our rates are right and our companies the strongest in America. Come before it is too late.
               Yours for business,
                    J. R. DOMENGEAUX.
P. S. - On all our five policies we furnish insurance against lightning, free of cost. We write also Insurance in Life and Accident and also against wind storms. Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1902.

A Sinister Effect.
From the N. O. Picayune.

 The present session of the Legislature promises to have a sinister effect upon the Democratic party, not only in the city, but in the State. Now that the negroes are out of politics, if President Roosevelt should continue the policy he has commenced with, there will be grave danger of a serious Republican opposition and a state of things in Republican office-holding far different from anything that was ever before known before under a national Republican administration will be realized. Here at least will be some foundation for the respectable white Republican party that has been so much talked of, but never made possible because the old Radical gang always held possession of the Federal offices.

But with such different conditions there are going to be serious political changes. It is not to be forgotten that the parishes along the Illinois Central Railroad are rapidly filling up with good people from Northern States. In a greater degree is this the case with the southwestern part of this State, in the rice and oil territory. The pine forests are largely owned by people from the Northern States, and they are establishing active and important lumber centers of business and population. And as for this city, the recent heavy investments of Northern capital mean a corresponding increase of population by immigration from the North.

All this going to be felt in local and State politics. To how great an extent only the next general elections will reveal, but there are going to be changes, and the rise of a decent white Republican party will mean much for the Democratic party. It will mean a radical change in the sort of men who are sent to Baton Rouge to make laws for the State. It will mean that the days of jobbery in legislation are nearing their end, and that the city is going to be represented by its best men. Let those who now have an opportunity to run the State in privatests make the most of their time. There is going to be a change.

From the N. O. Picayune and in Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1902.

NOTICE TO VOTERS. - The office of the Registrar for and in the Parish of Lafayette for a supplementary Registration according to Act 113 of 1902 for the election to be held on Nov. 4th 1902, will be open on the following dates:
At Court House Monday, August 4th to Saturday August 9th.
At Mouton Switch Monday August 11th.
Guidry's Hall 1st ward, Tues. Aug. 12.
Mrs. Ford Hoffpauir, 2nd ward, Thursday Aug. 14th.
H. Theall's Store, 4th ward, Saturday, August 16.
Farmer's Alliance Hall, 5th ward, Monday August 18th.
A. C. Guilbeau's Hall, 6th ward, Wednesday Aug 20th.
H. Simoneaux, 6th ward, Thursday, Aug 21. Pilette School House, 7th ward, Friday Aug. 22nd.
J. Whittington's Store, 8th ward, Saturday Aug. 23,
And at Court House from August 25 to September 26th, 1902.
A. M. MARTIN, Registrar.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1902.

They who have signed the muster rolls of the militia company, will please attend the regular meeting of the company Wednesday, Aug. 18, at 8 p. m., at the truck house of Fire Company No. 1.
All the members are expected to be present. Business of importance to the organization will be transacted. They who have signed the roll but who desire to retire from the organization will please advise the First Sergeant. It is requested that all others be present without fail.
BY THE COMMITTEE.   Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1902.

 Mr. Geo. H. DeClouet, a popular young business man of this city was married Friday to the charming Miss Lelia Cornay. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Father Baulard. Mr. Chas. Debaillon acted as best man and Miss Zaza Cornay as bridesmaid. The Advertiser join the happy couples many friends in wishing them good luck and prosperity through life. Mr. and Mrs. DeClouet left on the early morning train for a bridal trip through the Tennessee Mountains.    Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1902.


Selected News Notes 8/9/1902.

 Mrs. S. Kahn and Mrs. Gus. Schmulen and Ike Bendel and others left for New York.

Miss Veazey, of the New Iberia telephone exchange, spent a few days in town.

Don't miss the races at the Surrey Park to-morrow Sunday Aug. 10.

Col. and Mrs. Gus. A. Breaux will soon leave for an extended trip through the north and east.

Mr. Ed. Lehman of Houston, is visiting his family.

Regular service at the Episcopal church to-morrow evening at half past five o'clock.

Miss Corrine Guidry of the Cumberland is visiting Breaux Bridge friends.

Quite a number of Lafayette young men attended the ball at Breaux Bridge on Monday night.

Mr. H. Ruger, for a number of years connected with the Biossat establishment, will open on the first of September a watchmaking and jewelry store in the Lacoste building, facing the Lafayette Drug Store.

The Moresi Brothers will build a pipe line from Anse La Butte to Lafayette and another line to the Bayou Teche at Breaux Bridge.

Mr. Ulysse Hymel of this parish died after a lingering illness of several weeks. Mr. Hymel was at one time city marshal of this city.

The Moresi Brothers have sent the Advertiser and our real estate agent Mr. J. C. Nickerson two barrels of oil for distribution. Any person wishing a sample of the product can have same by calling at this office. Experts have examined the oil and pronounce it the best on the market.

The first bale of cotton for Lafayette parish, this season, was brought by Gerac Bros. from Louis Anderson of Scott, The price paid was 10 cents a pound, besides a barrel of XXX flour.

Mr. M. M. Knapp of the Census Bureau of Washington, D. C. was in town Sunday and Monday.  Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1902.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 9th, 1890:

Brotherhood of Trainmen's Excursion.

The excursion given by the Brother of Railroad Trainmen, Morgan Lodge 317, of Lafayette, La., from Franklin to Opelousas, last Sunday, was a splendid success. When the train reached here the nine coaches were literally packed, and the number was augmented by more than a hundred from this place. When they reached Opelousas they were cordially received, and met with a warm address of welcome from Hon. J. N. Ogden, which was responded to eloquently by Hon. J. Massie Martin, as follows:

"The pleasant duty has been assigned to me by the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen of Lafayette to respond to the welcome and kindly greeting of the good people of Opelousas, a people renowned for their gracious hospitality, social virtues and full appreciation of what is due those who come as guests in their midst. My native town, Queen of the Prairies,' what a pleasing task it is to march through broad shady streets, greeted on all sides by smiling faces and generous hearts. What a pleasing task, I say, to come among you as the spokesman of a band of brothers, whose calling is one of such great interest and moment to all. Railroad Trainmen! Do you know my friends, what these words imply? Think for a moment. Not only the vast products of this lovely section are supervised, moved and forwarded to the thousands of depots of the world, awaiting their coming, but your lives, the lives of your friends, your neighbors - of those dear to you, are placed in the keeping of these true and useful men.

 Wherever the shrill whistle of the locomotive is heard these brave trainmen are on hand, ready to drop a sweet missive to this one from some dear one far, far away; or a package to that one; a barrel of flour to the expectant housekeeper; a tierce of meat to the hungry farmer; staple goods to the merchant; silks and ribbons to the shop keeper, refreshing drinks and sweets to the saloons; in fact, all the necessaries, luxuries and requirements of this never satisfied era. Blot them out, remove them suddenly from their posts - then you would fully realize the grand and useful destiny of this worthy Brotherhood.
To hold the positions of trust that have been accorded to these men, the virtues must be practiced, - patience, sobriety, courage, energy, intelligence, loyalty to their employers; in fact, you will find these words engraved on their banner - "Benevolence, Sobriety and Industry."

 It is but a few years ago that this beautiful country, Southwest Louisiana, was reached by stage or steamboat. What a change has since taken place. Green fields and happy homes have sprung up all over the vast plains West of us. Thousands of sturdy Westerners have sought our genial clime, and are aiding us in building up the waste place. Towns and villages have leaped into existence, as if by magic, in the once neglected "Au Large." The railroads have wrought this revolution. To them are we indebted for this wonderful metamorphosis. Who would have believed, fifteen years ago, that in 1890 Opelousas would be called upon to open her hospitable gates to so many hundreds of representatives of the rail? A wonderful age! Wonderful people!

 To your charge I now deliver these worthy men and their families. Deeply grateful for the honor conferred in calling upon to respond to your gracious welcome, I now confidently hand them over to you, knowing that in electing to come to your beautiful city they have chosen well.

 Then the large crowd dispersed to seek the enjoyments and amusements which have been promised, and which were faithfully carried out and heartily appreciated. We wish we could give some of the amusing occurrences, but we have hardly room. The first prize for the best lady dancer was won by Miss B. Fontenot, and the second by Miss A. Pellerin, of this Parish. The first prize for best gentleman dancer was won by Mr. Lengoe, of Jeanerette, and the second by Mr. D. J. Veazey, of our town. Ticket No. 57 won the silver tilting pitcher, and ticket No.142 won the crayon picture of Jefferson Davis. Will Grazer, the "tall pine sapling of Lafayette," caught the greased pig. He is a sort of a tar-heel from North Carolina, and stuck there. The game of ball between the Crescents and Camelias was interesting, but the Crescents were laboring under the loss of a couple of good men, and got beat; score - Camelias 89, Crescents 16. The Crescents are now the champions, and hold the gold ball. The Brotherhood is to be congratulated upon the success of its excursion, which is pronounced in every respect the most successful of the season. Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1890.


 CARENCRO, LA., July 31, 1890.

 Mr. Editor: As I have visited several soap factories lately, the idea has struck me that it would not be out of place to write out the manner in which soap was made in the country 35 years ago.

 In the summer, when the crops were laid by,  a few acres of ash or hackberry trees were deadened to the heart in December. The trees were then cut into logs about fifteen feet long, pile up and fire the great heap of logs. Of course, we had to set up to pile logs on the fire, and put the chunks together, all day and all night. It was about the work of a week to get two barrels of ashes, which were then stowed away in a good place.

 During the hog killing time, in January and February, the fat of the entrails was used in making the soap. The most important article of all was the lye barrel, which was set up carefully in the most conspicuous part of the yard. Water being poured on the ashes every morning, the lye would drip in the old skillet. When there was a pint or a quart it was emptied into the soap pot, which was put in the house chimney, nine feet wide, made of mud. The old French pot, of 40 gallon capacity, fixed at one end of the chimney, was kept boiling slowly day and night for three weeks. The evaporation was replaced by adding lye to keep it as the same mark and consistency.

 Of course the children could not warm much during the three weeks the soap was boiling. Oh! but what a glorious day it was for us children when Aunt Pelagie came around a day or two previous to the right quarter of the moon, and announced that the moon would be good in a day or two to cut the soap.

 When the day came several neighbor ladies were invited, and with great skill old Aunt Pelagie would use the deer-horn butcher knife, cutting it in difference shaped pieces. It was spread on a board up in the storeroom to harden; by that means it would be hard enough to use in three months. Generally the soap was from one and half to two inches thick; the balance being black as tar was fit for nothing except to try to kill Coco grass, which of course did not prove effective.

 Just think of the difference in our modern time, when soap is made by blocks of one thousand pounds, cut by machinery, boxed and sold for two and half cents per pound.

 There is nothing like improvement; and in this business I find such a vast difference, I thought I would mention it.     (Signed)  A SUBSCRIBER.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1890.


Wm. Deering & Co. of Chicago, Ill., manufacturers of Rice Binding machinery, Mowers, Reapers and Binding Twine, will send out from Chicago one solid special train of Rice Binders for Southwest Louisiana, on or about August 6th, 1890. It will be decorated with flags, streamers, bunting, posters, etc., and will puff and blow up Southwest Louisiana immensely, and be the greatest advertisement that this country ever before received at the hands of the firm. Wm. Deering & Co. deserve great credit for their enterprise, and for their machines, which take the day wherever found. They are preferred to all others wherever farmers have seen them working. Witness the above quantity sold (about 400 Rice Binders this year), and this is only the second year in Louisiana. The public and rice growers especially, are invited to meet the this train and the representatives or Wm. Deering & Co., who will reach Lafayette about Aug. the 9th or 10th, and see this immense display. E. H. Vordenbaumen represents Wm. Deering & Co. at Lafayette, La. Mr. E. S. Center, General agent, will be found with E. H. V. during the rice harvest, talk about Louisiana being behind the times! This should not be thrown at Southwest Louisiana any longer. Any portion of country consisting of the four parishes of Calcasieu, Acadia, St. Landry and Lafayette that can buy and will receive our solid train of 22 to 28 cars of nothing but Rice Binders, is surely making immense headway, considering that rice has only been started on a firm footing in the portion of Louisiana since the last two or three years. Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1890.

 Bored New Well.

 Mr. John Vigneaux has just bored a new well in front of his livery stable near the depot, and struck a magnificent vein of water which gushed up so strong that Phil. Crouchet, who does not like water, hired a negro to sit down on the curbing until he could go to the doctor. Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1890.

Police Jury Proceedings.

              Lafayette, La., Aug. 4, 1890.
  The Police Jury met this day in regular session with all the members present: C. P. Alpha, J. G. St. Julien, C. C. Brown, Ford Huffpauir, R. C. Landry, O. Theriot and A. A. Delhomme.

 The minutes of the meeting were read and amended on page 73 so that the names of all voting for the adoption of the ordinance creating the 8th shall appear the record.

 On motion of Mr. Alpha, the following resolutions were adopted:

 Be it Resolved, That the Third Ward of this parish be and is hereby subdivided into seven road districts with overseers as hereinafter provided, to-wit: The first district shall comprise all that territory east and north of the north branch of Coulee Mines, and south of the Morgan railroad and E. Maqueze is hereby appointed overseer thereof.

 The second district shall comprise all that territory to the east of the western branch of Mines Coulee and south of the land of A. Greig, Mrs. E. Landry and Leon Billaud, and J. Bte. Perez is hereby appointed overseer thereof.

 The third district shall comprise all that territory south of the La. Western Railroad up to the northern limit of the second district herein created and Ludovic Billaud is hereby appointed overseer thereof.

 The fourth district shall comprise all that territory between the La. Western Railroad and the Morgan Railroad to the northern limits of the ward, and Albert Couret is hereby appointed overseer thereof.

 The fifth district shall comprise all that territory extending to the northern limit of the ward north of the Morgan Railroad and west of Bayous Vermilion and St. Claire, including the lands of E. Constantin, A. A. Mouton, McFadden, Torrence, Gueble, estate of Onezine Mouton, A. Dugas, E. Mouton, P. Andrus, L. Dugas, J. Vallier, J. C. Buchanan and Aurelien Dugas is hereby overseer thereof.

 The sixth district shall comprise all that territory east of the lands of those included in the 5th district herein created and north of the Morgan Railroad to the limit of the ward, and Arthur Dugas is hereby appointed overseer thereof.

 The seventh district shall comprise all that territory north and east of Bayous Vermilion and St. Claire, occupying the northern extremity of the ward, and Firmin Guidry is hereby appointed overseer.

 By motion of Mr. St. Julien the respective members of the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th wards.

 The following overseers were then appointed for the current year:

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 On motion of Mr. Brown, the sum of $25.00 each was appropriated for the relief of Mrs. Terrance Gilbert and an aged and indigent negro woman Madeline.

 The Jury of freeholders appointed to trace a public road from Scott Station to the northern limit of the 1st ward, made the following report:

 We, the undersigned jury of freeholders appointed and sworn to trace and lay off a public road leading from the northern limit of the 1st ward to Scott have traced and laid off said road as more fully described by the accompanying plan. The following parties donate the road along their respective lines:  Alan Bourgeous, Cleophas Chiasson, Clerfait Sonnier, J. J. Dubernard, F. W. Hart, Gerac Bros. & Girard, Livodais Guillotte, Adam Chiasson, Homere Chiasson, Francois Chiasson, Arranthe Carmouche, J. D. Broussard and Alcide Mouton.

 The following parties refuse to donate and we have expropriated as follows:  S. P. Alford, $75; J. P. C. Domingue, $5; Placide Prejean, $12; Antoine Hernandez, $2.50; P. O. Richard, $5; Suc. John Caruthers $5.

 Having done the foregoing we hereby submit the same to the Hon. President and Police Jury.

 [Signed] Adam Chiasson, J. J. Dubernard, Antoine Pellissier, Homere Chiasson, Livodais Guillotte, Adam Bourgeios.

 On motion, the report was accepted the road declared a public highway and the president authorized to accept titles of all lands expropriated and have the same recorded with accompanying documents.

 On motion, of Mr. Brown, the following was adopted. Resolved, that the 5th ward road overseer A. Monte be and is hereby instructed to notify the landowners along the old Broussardville and Royville public road, to have the same so as to have the proper width, 40 feet, and he is further instructed to have the same repaired immediately.

 On motion of Mr. St. Julien, the following jury of freeholders was appointed to trace the farmers' roads for the 5th ward, the former jury having been discharged:  A. A. Labbe, Adolphe Girouard, Lucas Bernard, Demas Landry and Paul Breaux.

 A proposition from Mr. D. Arceneaux to remove all timber from the Lafayette and Breaux Bridge bridge public road was laid over.

 On motion of Mr. Huffpauir, the following jury of freeholders was appointed to trace a public road from Lewis Whittington's land to Eloi Duhon's land; Jno. Nugent, Burton Smith, Gerard Foreman, E. C. Deniston, Alcibiade Foreman and Charles Burke.

 Mr. Huffpauir submitted the following: Resolved, That the LAFAYETTE ADVERTISER be and is hereby chosen the official organ of this parish at a salary of $95.00 per annum. The resolution was adopted by the following vote:  Aye - Huffpauir, Theriot, Landry and Delhomme.  Nay: None.

 On motion of Mr. St. Julien, the President was authorized to appoint a budget committee to make estimate for parochial expenses of the current year. The president appointed on said committee Messrs. J. G. St. Julien, C. C. Brown and R. C. Landry.

 The Treasurer submitted his monthly reports as follows:

 To the President and members of the Police Jury, Parish of Lafayette.
     Gentlemen, - The following is a statement of the receipts and disbursements of the Parish funds since last report:

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 Respectfully submitted,
      WM. CLEGG, Parish Treasurer.
     Lafayette, La., Aug. 4, 1890.
     The following accounts were approved:

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 The Police Jury then adjourned to meet August 25th, to receive the report of the budget committee.
C. P. ALPHA, President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1890.

[From the Advertiser's Carencro Correspondent.]

 Capt. R. W. Elliot left us on Augut 1st to attend the State Convention of the Farmers' Alliance he having been elected as one of the delegates at the last meeting of the Parish Union. Mr. Elliot is an able and conscientious gentlemen, and we feel assured that his every effort will be in the interest of the order he represents.

 Master George Melchoir has returned home from New Orleans, where he was attending St. Isadore College. He gained several special mentions, and brings back with him a beautiful gold medal, as a prize won for proficiency in music.

 The excursion given the order of Railroad Trainmen was a success in every sense of the word, and a great number from Carencro availed themselves of that opportunity for enjoyment.

 Messrs. Crouchet & Vatter are making rapid progress in their bakery building, and will soon be ready for business.

 "Pauvre Maurice" tells us that he had a grand time in Opelousas, last Sunday.

 Mr. P. D. Roussell and wife took a trip to Franklin last Saturday.

 There have been several rumors lately of the appearance of cotton worms in remote parts of the Carencro section. If true, this is to be greatly regretted, as the crops are at present in better condition than they have been for twenty years, and the prospects are that the yield will be seventy-five to a hundred per cent greater than last season. The merits of the fly-lamps should be investigated by our planters; and there is no doubt that with a fair trial, it would meet with their approval. These lamps are used with the greatest success and satisfaction, throughout Texas and the other cotton States. They prevent cotton worms, and what is more, with constant use, the chances are, would naturally destroy the cotton moth entirely, and in a few years that pest would become extinct.

 The Farmers' Alliance had a largely attended meeting last Saturday. Eighteen applicants were initiated. Carencro Union boasts of the largest membership in the Parish.

 We had the pleasure of greeting Mr. John Lebesque, of Moutons, a few days ago. Our door opens on the inside. Call again bro. LeBesque.

 There has been considerable improvement made in several of our streets lately. Let the good work go on. We would call the attention of the Street Commissioner to the bridge at the corner of Dr. Courtney's property. It is in dangerous condition and should be repaired.

 Our town boys did good work at the last "Road Call."

 We had the pleasure last Saturday of meeting our former townsman Mr. Dom Cayret, Jr. He was in his usual good humor, and tells us that the crop prospects in his vicinity are most flattering.

 Miss Deutel, a new-comer, is on a protracted visit to the family of Mr. Jules Deutel. Our congratulation.
 (Signed) C. A. RENCRO.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1890.

[From the Advertiser's Ridge Correspondent.]

    August 4th, 1890.
  Mr. Editor: Dear Sir - There seems to be a great flusteration of the human mind to-day on account of Governor Nicholls' appointees, from road overseers to Supreme Judges. And why is it the case? Because of  his selected choice they are so much divided in opinion? Are not all of them his Democrats? They call themselves by his name, and why not practice the same? Can they be a pig and a puppy at the same time? No; but a whitewashed Democrat can act like a nigger Republican.

 Again, Mr. Editor, how strange is it that so many of our white men stick to the nigger in election times, and as soon as they are over they turn their backs upon the other side.

 Why not a nigger, and be done with it? I have noticed one thing in politics, and that is that whiskey and money takes the day. How is the poor man, when he gets full of old yellow corn water and staggers up to the box and stuffs in a folded ticket which some man has slipped into his hands unknown to him? Why is it such a man is allowed to case a vote? Because we are living in a free country. Well, if this is the free country keep your whiskey and money to yourself, and me and that other nigger will vote together; and he nor you will hurt my feelings; and you will save your money, and you won't have to make it out of us by charging big sums for little work.

 Again, Mr. Editor, our police jurors and road overseers don't come up to duty; and how can we make them do it, when the whole thing is rotten together? They are ruled by one or two headstrong fellows; and if my man wanted to do anything for us, how could he do it? So when you are in office with these big fat fellows you must do what they say, and help them mash a soft thing; or if you don't they will mash by themselves, and you won't get any of the juice of it. So you can hold your mouth under the press this time and catch all you can, for this will be the last time they can squeeze it on.

 Again; I can't take it back, for it is a truth. He made him pay five dollars for unhooking the wire from the gate post; and the property does not belong to him at all, it is Mr. Huffpauir's property. My authority is good, and I say he can't deny it that I was not right in saying that he passed through the gate, but I can say that I said he had. I did so much good for Mr. Joseph, perhaps he and I are better friends since he caught me with that old horse of his, and gave me so much to find out that he knew. I was an assisting, good little fellow; pay when I owed it to any man for his honesty and integrity to me as a horse trader.
    Yours hoping,  HUMP BACK.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1890.          

Selected News Notes 8/9/1890.

 Mr. Samuel Bendel was here during this week visiting relatives and friends.

 Mr. J. J. Davidson, our very urbane Railroad Agent left last Thursday for an outing of three weeks. We wish him an enjoyable time.

 The Farmer’s Alliance of this parish will give a grand basket pic-nic on the 16th of August, on S. J. Montgomery’s land on Bayou Vermilion.

 Engine No. 1, for the F. & A. R. R., arrived 

 The first bale of new cotton passed through here Thursday night from Beggs’ station, St. Landry parish. It was raised by Mr. Beggs of that place.

 Services of the late Rev. Father Jacquet was held in New Iberia on Tuesday August 5th, and there were twenty-seven priests present to assist at the ceremony. Rev. E. Forge and assistant Rev. Healy, of this place, were present.

 The following Reverend gentlemen were visitors to our town this week as the guests of Rev. E. Forge: Very Rev. Delacroix, of Baton Rouge; Rev. Gutton, of False River; Rev. M. Laval, of Houma, and Rev. Blanks, of Jefferson College, St. James parish.

 Mr. J. W. Clifford is building a fine residence on the lots East of the canning factory. It will be quite an addition and attraction to our town.

 Mr. J. J. Davidson, our R. R. agent at this point, who is absent on recreation, will return in about three weeks. Mr. W. B. Carriere, relief agent for the Morgan Division, will have charge of the agency department here during his absence. Mr. Delhomme, the assistant agent, in the meantime will furnish the weather reports.

 The Farmers' Alliance of this parish will give a grand basket pic-nic on the 16th of August, on S. J. Montgomery's land on Vermilion Bayou.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1890.

From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 9th, 1879:

Railroad Gossip.

 Col. Adams, president of the Louisiana Western Railroad, was in our town last Saturday. He was here in the interest of his road, and, it was rumored on the streets, for the purpose of locating the depot at this place. We could not learn whether or not an agreement was arrived at.

 We learn that there was a strike among the workmen on the railroad at Lake Charles a few days ago, but owing to the “shot gun quarantine” at that place, in the interest of Galveston, we are unable to give any of the particulars.

 Mr. J. G. Parkerson, who is connected with the La. Western road, left here Wednesday morning for the vicinity of Lake Charles, but we sincerely think that he will venture within range of the “quarantine sharp-shooters”, as he would make an excellent target to practice upon at long range.

 Capt. Bradshaw’s convict force are at work on the road near Pouppeville, twenty miles west of this place, and the other convict force that have been at work between Lake Charles and the Mermentau river, have reached that stream and are now at work throwing up the embankment of the road on the west side.

 Owing to the want of ties and iron the Morgan’s La. and Texas Railroad have not yet completed their road to New Iberia. It is hinted that there is great mis-management connected with this - that somebody is making more money out of it than they should.

 Col. P. Thompson, one of the engineers of the road, was here last Tuesday and made some measurements at the crossing on the Bayou Vermilion, for the purpose connected with the building of the bridge.

 If the quarantine regulations should become strict and continue for any length of time the building of these two railroads will be retarded greatly.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1879.

Our Bad Roads. - There is one thing for which this parish is peculiar - and that is for bad roads, when with a small outlay we could have the best roads of any parish in the State. Every one who rides over the road from Pin Hook to town is aware of the deplorable condition of that road. Near Mr. Monnier's place there is an ugly mud hole, also one at the corner near the grave yard. Neither would require a great amount of labor to be put in order. Where are the road overseers? Are there any for this ward. 
Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1879.

For Clerk of Court.

 ANDRE M. MARTIN, the present incumbent of the office of Clerk of the District Court, announced himself to the voters of the Parish of Lafayette as a candidate for that office, at the election to be held on the 2nd of December next.
We are authorized to announce WILLIAM BRANDT, the present incumbent of the Recorder's office, as a candidate for the office of Clerk of the District Court for the Parish of Lafayette, at the election in December next. Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1879.

A Proclamation.

 The Mayor issued his proclamation ordering an election on the 18th instant, for one member of the Town Council to decide the tie vote between Messrs. R. L. McBride and M. P. Young. Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1879.

93 Colored Students.

 The colored school in this town has ninety-three pupils in attendance and only one teachers. Can not the School Board get some assistance from the Peabody fund to employ additional teachers ? Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1879.

 No Fever in N. O.

 The latest advices from New Orleans are to the effect that no more yellow fever exists there. Every suspicious case has been examined by the Board of Health and other physicians, and the conclusion reached that the city is entirely free of the fever. We trust that such is really the case. Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1879.


   MR. EDITOR : - For some issues in Gilmore's Pictorial, the Cotton-Boll, dated at Vermilionville and published at New Iberia, there have been misstatements of facts concerning our village. There are two items in the issue of July 24th about dead dogs and a disturbance of the peace that are wholly untrue. Mr. Gilmore, for prudence's sake, ought to purchase his gossip in the open market or offer a better price so that he might get a good article.

 The old Grecian declined to have intercourse with an ambassador with dyed hair, saying the latter bore falsehood on his forehead. And for a similar reason any statement coming from the Cotton-Boll should be "taken with a grain of salt."
        CHARLES R. CHARGOIS, Constable,
   Vermilionville, August 6, 1879.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1879.

Proceedings of the Parish School Board.

       VERMILIONVILLE, July 21st, 1879.
 Pursuant to adjournment the Board met this day. Present: Dr. T. B. Hopkins, president; H. M. Bailey, secretary pro tem; Dr. M. L. Lyons, Dr. F. S. Mudd, Sidney Greig, Ones. Broussard, J. O. Broussard and R. F, Grier.  Absent:  Alex Delhomme.

 The Board being called to order, the minutes of the last meeting were read and adopted as recorded.

 The Board proceeded after due consideration, to make the following assignment of teachers to-wit:

 F. W. Liggins, teacher of colored school Vermilionville; Miss Lida Spooner, white school, Royville; R. C. Grieg, white school, St. Pierre, Carencro; M. T. Martin, white male school, Vermilionville; Marcel Melanco, white school, Broussardville; Hugh Wagner, white school, Shiloh Chapel; Mrs. H. A. Kennedy, white female school, Vermilionville; E. C. Denniston, colored school in 2nd ward; Miss Mattie S. Rand, white school at Ed. I. Broussard's; Alex. Meaux, white school, in upper end of 5th ward; Moses B. Williams, colored school near Royville.

 It was moved and seconded, that the resolution passed at the last session of this Board, prohibiting the opening of any schools without the approval of this Board, be and is reconsidered.

 It was further moved and seconded that said resolution be and is hereby stricken from the records.

 It was further moved and seconded, that all certificates issued to teachers, by former examining committees of this Board, be and are hereby extended for one year longer from this date.

 It was moved and seconded, that the contract with W. B. Bailey, for publishing proceedings of the Board, be and is hereby renewed for twelve months longer.

 It was moved and seconded, that the action of the Secretary in issuing warrants for school house rent in the first ward, be and is hereby approved by this Board.

 On motion, the Board adjourned to Saturday the 4th day of October, 1879.
T. B. HOPKINS, President.
H. M. BAILEY, Secretary pro tem.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1879.





 From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 9th, 1873:


 Sanitary Hints.

 Because we happen to enjoy a remarkably healthy locality, it is no reason that we should neglect all sanitary precautions. We would therefore urge upon the citizens of our town, the importance and necessity of draining and keeping dry their lots and yards and allowing nothing to remain on the premises, in a statement of decomposition or which might be in any manner offensive or infectious. We could call particular attention to the privies, many of which are in a shamefully filthy condition. Their contents should not accumulate, and the application of a little lime or carbolic acid would disinfect them and purify and sweeten the atmosphere. If our citizens neglect or refuse to do this, we call upon the town authorities, at once to adopt and enforce the necessary sanitation measures to protect and insure the public health.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/9/1873.





The Rest Cure.

What makes people tired is not overwork but over-concentration, over-niceness in clinging to one settled rule till the nerves rebel.

 What is most needed for recreation is relaxation. In carrying burdens, either mental or physical, there is nothing like "changing hands" often.

 Recreation need not always consist of social diversity - of going to the theatre or the show. One must vary his routine, if nothing more than to change his position while at work.
Routine kills more Americans than anything else. It brings about depression, despondency, and nervous breakdowns.

These general principles and their application constitute what the doctors call "the rest cure." There's nothing like keeping out of the ruts.

 From the Boston Globe and in the Lafayette Gazette 8/9/1902.

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