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From the Lafayette Gazette of September 1st, 1894:



Cow Thief vs. Officer.







 Last Tuesday a strange negro arrived in Broussard with a cow and calf which he tried very hard to sell.


 The people of the town suspected that there was something "rotten in Denmark" and sent a courier to inform Constable Malagarie of the suspicious actions of the negro. The officer was found on his way to Broussard, but before that place was reached he met the negro coming along the road driving the cow and calf. Upon inquiry the officer told was informed that the cattle were for sale. The officer told the negro that he would buy them if (the negro) would return to Broussard to get the money. To this the negro readily consented, but after a few steps were made in the direction of the town the negro suddenly stopped and told Officer Malagarie that he would go no further and demanded his money then and there. The officer, who was going to town on private business, was unarmed, and did not know what was the best thing to do, but he realized that something had to be done and caught the bridle of the horse and placed the negro under arrest. The latter pulled out a large knife and made a pass at the officer, who being unarmed, had but one thing to do and that was to let go the cattle thief, who left his booty behind and started at full speed. The plucky officer was not discouraged; he armed himself with a gun and in company with two deputies went in pursuit of the fugitive whose escape was made easy by the night which had set in and the thick cane fields of that section. His horse was found in the road.

 Officer Malagarie has not yet located the negro's home nor the owner of the cow and calf. Lafayette Gazette 9/1/1894.



Cut the Grass! - If the Town Council cannot afford to have the grass cut in all the streets of the town let it make a desperate effort to raise money to cut the high weeds that adorn the gutters along Lincoln Avenue. A stranger facetiously remarked the other day that it looked as if the town allowed the grass to grow so luxuriant on the streets to advertiser the salubrity of our soil as an inducement to prospective settlers.
Lafayette Gazette 8/1/1894.


 An Enterprising Citizen. - A gentleman who has a strong dislike for anything that bears the slightest resemblance to Work and who is pronounced enemy to anything that may claim a remote kinship to Labor, entered a leading store on Lincoln avenue last Tuesday and asked the clerk for a pair of shoes on trial. The clerk wrapped up the shoes and made a neat bundle which he handed over the gentleman. To the clerk's surprise the shoes were returned to him with instructions to take one out, the gentleman saying that it was  unnecessary to carry both shoes; if they were suitable, he added, he would send his boy to get the other one.
Lafayette Gazette 9/1/1884.


Negro's Sudden Death. -  Dick Bartlett, a negro, died suddenly during the night of Saturday and Sunday in a cabin in the lumber yard of Moss & Mouton. Sunday morning Mr. Mouton, the junior member of the firm, went to Bartlett's room to see what was the matter with him as he had failed to show up for breakfast. Mr. Mouton called at the door, but no answer came from Barlett. He then suspected that Bartlett had left, but imagine his surprise when the opening of the door disclosed the dead body of the negro lying on a bed. The man had been dead several hours as the body was rigid. The cause of his death is purely problematical as the night before Bartlett had eaten a hearty supper and showed not the least indication of sickness. Near his bed was a bottle of patent medicine, which it is said contains violent poison. Some entertain the belief that an overdose of this medicine was the cause of his sudden death.

 After the customary inquest by the coroner the body was given to the town authorities for burial.

 Mr. Mouton says that Bartlett had been in his employ since a month and was a good workman. He hailed from Grand Coteau where he claimed to have worked three years at the convent of the Sacred Heart. Lafayette Gazette 9/1/1894.






New Water Tank.

 A. J. Ross and his corps of men are erecting a trestle forty feet high near the round-house. A water tank with a capacity of 60,000 gallons will be placed on the trestle in order to get a strong pressure. Lafayette Gazette 9/1/1894.

 Lafayette Ginnery.

 The Lafayette Ginnery, under the management of the Gerac Brothers, will begin operation some time next week. This is one of the largest and most complete mills in the State and this year promises to be one of its most successful seasons. Lafayette Gazette 9/1/1894.



 Conductor Sampson Transferred to Houston.

 Conductor Sidney Balane is nos running the gravel train, Conductor Sampson having been transferred to a thorough freight run between Houston and this place. Mr. Sampson and his family will soon move to their former home in Houston. Lafayette Gazette 9/1/1894.



 Swept from Train.

 Joe Brooks, brakeman on the Southern Pacific, was knocked down from the top of freight train last Wednesday near Raceland by the branch of a tree which had been felled near the track. Fortunately Brooks escaped without receiving any serious injury. Lafayette Gazette 9/1/1894.

 Proposed Rail Branch.

 It is to be regretted that every person on whose land the proposed railroad switch or branch would be built did not see his or her way clear to signing the paper giving the right of way. It requires very little thinking to see the great benefit to be derived from the proposed branch to every land owner along the route. Without such a branch cane producers in that section are compelled to haul their cane in carts, which well-nigh impossible in rainy weather.

 We understand that Col. Breaux has a large cane crop on his plantation which would be the terminus of the branch. The construction of this road would greatly facilitate the shipment of the Colonel's crop as well as that of the other planters on whose land the track would pass. Lafayette Gazette 9/1/1894.

 First Trial.

 The new cotton gin recently erected at Broussard by a company composed of Messrs. St. Julien Olivier, Girouard and Reaux was given a trial last Saturday, when four bales of cotton were ginned. Everything in the mill is of the latest improved kind, guaranteeing first-class and prompt service to cotton planters. Broussard can now boast of two large cotton gins which can not fail to increase the town's trade. Lafayette Gazette 9/1/1894.


 At Alexandria.

 A number of people from this town took advantage of the low excursion rates last Sunday and visited the city of Alexandria. The excursion was given by the excursion club of Franklin and everything connected with the train showed fine management on the part of the members of the club. The excursionists spent most of the afternoon at the Alexandria base ball park where a game was played by the club of that place and one from Franklin, resulting in a score of 16 to w in favor of the former. Another attraction was the leap of an Italian from a steamboat chimney 40 feet high into the red river. This daring jumper is on his way to New York where he will make arrangements to jump from the Brooklyn bridge. He says he will soon rival the famous Steve Brody. Lafayette Gazette 9/1/1894.

 Alcohol Flowed at "Queen City."

 The Sunday law in the "Central Queen" is an unknown quantity as far as the saloons are concerned. It had been said by some that was only in Southwest Louisiana that the people were wicked enough to break the Sabbath and violate the Sunday law, but those who visited Alexandria last Sunday were convinced of the utter falsity of this statement. At any rate all unprejudiced people will readily admit that a glass of cool beer was a vast improvement on the circus lemonade sold at the park. Lafayette Gazette 9/1/1894.

 New Orleans Brewing Association.

 Mr. J. Rene Bonnet, the genial and popular representative of the New Orleans Brewing Association, was in town last week. Mr. Bonnet has charge of the distributing depot at Lafayette, and seems to be getting control of the Carencro trade. Lafayette Gazette 9/1/1894.

  


Police Jury Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., August 27, 1894.

 The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: C. C. Brown, Alfred Hebert, H. M. Durke, R. C. Landry, A. D. Landry and A. A. Delhomme.  Absent: J. G. St. Julien, and Ford Hoffpauir.

 The president being absent the clerk called the meeting to order and by motion duly made, Mr. C. C. Brown was elected president pro tem.

 The Jury of freeholders appointed to trace a public road from Lessin Dugas' place to the town of Carencro made the following report which was accepted.

     State of Louisiana, Parish of Lafayette.
  We, Louis G. Stelly, Alcee Broussard, Clemile Cormier, Victor Couvillon, Ursin Babineaux and V. E. Dupuis, do solemnly swear that I will lay out the road now directed to be laid out by the Police Jury of the parish of Lafayette, to the greatest care and advantage of the inhabitants and with as little prejudice to enclosures as may be without favor or affection, malice or hatred and to the best of my skills and abilities. So help me God. And furthermore that I will truly assess all damages to proprietors caused by said road to the best of my judgement and ability. (Signed):  Louis G. Stelly, Alcee Broussard, Clemile Cormier, Victor Couvillon, Ursin Babineaux, V. E. Dupuis. Subscribed and sworn to me this 19th day of May 1894.

 OCTAVE P. GUILBEAU, Notary Public.

 REPORT.
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 We, the undersigned Jury of freeholders of the parish of Lafayette, duly appointed by the Police Jury of the said parish, to trace and lay out a public road from Lessin Dugas' on Bayou Vermilion through the lands of the following proprietors to-wit: Ermogene Savoie and Filosie Richard, Eugene L. Crobb, Alphonse Sinegal, Sosthene Prejean, Caliste Comeaux, Telismare Comeaux-(minor,) Joseph Melancon, Adelina Prejean, Ophelia Broussard, Ernest Broussard, Louis G. Stelly, Arcade Cormier (minor,) Ervillien Cormier, Aristide Cormier, Onezine Cormier, Clemile Cormier, Mme. Telismare Comeaux, V. E. Dupuis, Ita Estilette, wife;  Tributary road, through lands of Ursin Babineaux, O. P. Breaux and A. Sinegal and others, through the land of A. Sinegal to public road leading to the town of Carencro, having been notified of our appointment by the person first named in said order of appointment, and having severally taken and subscribed the foregoing oath and having given notice to each and every one of the aforesaid proprietors in writing at least three days previous of the time and place of meeting, and of the intended laying out of said road through the lands of said proprietors which notices were duly served on said proprietors, did meet on the 19th day of May, 1894, at Lessin Dugas, in the parish of Lafayette, the place designated in said notices, and did then and there in the presence of the following named proprietors, to-with:  Alphonse Senegal, Adelina Prejean, Joseph Melancon, Caliste Comeaux, Clemile Cormier, L. G. Stelly, Ursin Babineaux, Filosie Richard, proceed to trace and lay out said public road as follows: Beginning at Bayou Vermilion and running through the lands of Ermogene Savoie and Filosie Richard the latter 30 feet wide through the entire length of his land end E. Savoie 10 feet for a distance of about 28 arpents taking a strip ten feet wide off of the land of each one along their common boundary line which boundary was mutually agreed upon and shown us by said proprietors and by them designated to us, by setting stakes and plowing furrows so as to be easily visible and recognizable and thence through the lands of A. Sinegal reservation on land of Eugene L. Crobb, Sosthene Prejean, Alphonse Sinegal, Caliste Comeaux, Telismare Comeau (minor), Sosthene Prejean, Joseph Melancon, Adelina Prejean, Ophelia Broussard, Ernest Broussard, L. G. Stelly, Ophelia Broussard, Arcade Cormier, Ervillien Cormier, Clemile Cormier, Onezine Cormier, Mrs. T. Comeaux, V. E. Dupius, and its Estilette wife. Tributary roads:  A. P. Breaux, Alphonse Sinegal and Ursin Babineaux, and the other through the land of A. Sinegal, the termination of said road which is forty feet wide throughout its entire length and so traced and staked out as to be plainly visible throughout its entire course; and we have cause to be made a plat of said road, showing the location and cause of said road and the location of the lands of the different proprietors, through which said runs and the distance and quantity of land expropriated from each owner for said road which plat is annexed to this our report of said road for reference and we further report that we as a jury of freeholders did on our oaths aforesaid assess the following damages to proprietors in compensation for their land so taken and expropriated for said road as follows to-wit:  To Sosthene Prejean, valued at $5 per arpent and to the other proprietors no damages were assessed as in our opinion the benefit of said road, full compensates the value of the land taken.

 Done at the Parish of Lafayette, this 19th day of May, 1894. Louis G. Stelly, Alcee Broussard, Clemile Cormier, Victor Couvillon, Ursin Babineaux, V. E. Dupuis.

ENDORSEMENT OF CONSENT.

 I, one of the proprietors named in the written report do hereby consent to the location and direction of the road as described in the written report and accompanying plat, and hereby agree to accept the amount of damages allowed me by said Jury of freeholders as by the written report set forth in full compensation of all damages by me sustained buy reason of the expropriation of my land for the use of said road. Signed and dated, this day of ______189_. Caliste Comeaux, tutor of T. Comeaux, Ermogene Savoie, Alphonse Sinegal, Adelma Prejean, Ermillien Cormier, Louis G. Stelly, Aristide Cormier, Clemile Cormier, Ursin Babineaux, Ophelia Broussard, Elzina Comeaux, Ernest Broussard, O. P. Guildbeau, S. Dugas.

 By motion the above mentioned road was declared a public highway the road overseer ordered to open and work the same. The sum of $5 was appropriated and set aside for expropriation of land therein made.

 The report of the Jury of Freeholders appointed the trace a road from Duson to Thos. W. Floyd's place was laid over.

 The drainage committee of the 5th district asking for instruction relative the refusal to the refusal of Nelson Bernard to allow the digging of a certain drain across his property; it was resolved that said drainage committee be instructed to call upon Nelson Bernard in a body and make formal demands upon him in the premises and in case of his final refusal to notify him, the said Nelson Bernard, that the Police Jury will hold him to accountability for all damages actual and exemplary.

 Assessor N. Reaux submitted the following statement:

 To the President and Members of the Police Jury of Lafayette Parish.

    This is to certify that the valuation are for the parish of Lafayette ... $1,655,790
    The Corporation ... $434,466
                       Total ... $2,090,255
    
       Aug 27, 1894.       N. Reaux
                  Assessor Lafayette Parish.
  On motion the rate of Parish taxation for the year 1894 was fixed at ten mills on the dollar in accordance with the items of the Budget and the above amount as a basis as follows:

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 The contract for painting Pin Hook bridge was awarded to Sigismund Bernard for $74 upon condition that two coats of paint be applied in accordance with the terms of his proposition.

 Bids for the construction of a new bridge over Vermilion river at Creighton's place were received as follows:

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 After examination of the various plans and specifications submitted with the above bids, and considering the 
superiority and general advantages of Mr. Fred Mouton's proposition the Jury, by motion duly made, awarded the contract to him at $687.13 providing however that the flooring for said bridge shall be 2 1/2 inches thick instead of 2 inches as per plan. Messrs. R. C. Landry and H. M. Durke were appointed a committee to supervise the construction of said bridge and accept same when completed, according to plan and specifications submitted.

 Agreeable to a petition from citizens of the 4th ward it was resolved that Hilaire Broussard, Theo O. Broussard, Sr., Adrien Theall, Joseph Mire, Auguste Verrot, A. D. Verrot, be and are hereby appointed a jury of freeholders to trace and lay out a public road forty feet wide according to law from Edmond Trahan's place to Olidon Broussard's:

  Provided that no expense incur the parish in the expropriation of lands, etc.

 The sum of $100 was allowed Mr. R. C. Landry for account of drainage fund for 7th ward and $48 to Alfred Hebert for 3rd ward fund.

 The treasurer submitted his monthly report as follows:

 To the President and Members of the Police Jury, Gentlemen:

 The following is a statement of receipts and disbursements of parish funds since last report:

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   Respectfully submitted, WM. CLEGG,
Lafayette, Aug 27, 1894. Parish Treasurer.
     The following account was laid over:

 A. Gladu, coroner's fees ... $37.00.

 The following accounts were approved:

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 There being no further business the Police Jury adjourned.
C. C. BROWN, President pro tem.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 9/1/1894.




 Selected News Notes (Gazette) 9/1/1894.

 Mrs. H. M. Bailey will reopen her school on Monday, September 3.

 Pierre and Felix Gerac, went to New Orleans Tuesday.

 C. F. Triay left this week for his home in Washington. He was the guest of his son, F. C. Triay.

 Emery Tolson, of Berwick, spent Sunday with the family of his brother, Dr. F. R. Tolson.

 After a week's illness, Miss Unice Pefferkorn has recovered and is enjoying her former good health.

 If you wish to subscribe for any newspaper or magazine in the United States see Joe Mouton at the post office.

 Mr. Leon Plonsky request us to say to his many customers that his stock this fall will surpass anything ever seen in Lafayette. He will leave to-morrow for New Orleans where he will spend several days buying goods for his stock.

 Miss Laura Plonsky, daughter of Mr. Leon Plonsky, will leave to-morrow with her father for New Orleans where she will enter the Pickett Institute. Miss Laura has a host of young friends in Lafayette who wish her much success at school.

 Mrs. Emile Pefferkorn, and daughter, Miss Ida, boarded the excursion train and joined Mr. Pefferkorn at Alexandria, where a pleasant time was spent with friends. Mr. Pefferkorn had just returned from a fishing party on the river a few miles from Alexandria.

 Miss Marie Mouton returned home a few days ago from a visit to relatives in St. Martinville.

 The machinery for the Carencro Sugar Company plant is being placed in position. Mr. Jacob Smith, the veteran machinist of New Iberia, is superintending the work. Lafayette Gazette 9/1/1894.










 From the Lafayette Advertiser of September 1st, 1894:

 
Heavy Rains.


 The Jefferson Street continuation of Lincoln avenue, should receive early attention from the street committee, as continuous rain has favored softening of the earth in a number of places and these spots are visibly growing worse under the great amount of travel over this route each day. 'One stitch in time, saves nine', remember. Lafayette Advertiser 9/1/1894.



New Railroad Crossing.  - We employ the above caption to direct the attention of our readers to the question that will come up for disposition at the meeting of the town council, Monday, relative to the opening, for travel, of the street bounding the west side of Mr. E. H. Vordenbaumen's residence. This street is crossed by the main track and two side tracks of the railroad company, at present. Several weeks ago a petition of citizens was presented to the town council praying that the railroad company be required to establish a regular crossing for this street to facilitate intercourse between the two portions of the town divided by the railroad tracks. The petition was referred to a committee whose report will be acted on at the coming meeting of the council.

 On general principles we advocate all measures that may secure free and unobstructed communication between different sections of the town, provided always that the end justifies the means. In the present case, as we understand it, only an inconsiderable number of residents would be accommodated and the benefits to the general public that would result from the opening of the street in question, would hardly be appreciable. This being true we contend it would be unfair and unreasonable to subject the railroad company to the expense of establishing and maintaining the crossing asked for by the petitioners, as long as the demand for such a convenience is no more urgent that at present. We believe that all persons who take an impartial view of the matter will agree with us. It would give us pleasure to see those of our citizens who are directly interested in this issue, get every right and accommodation to which they are entitled, but we fail to discover the reasonableness of the present demand, under existing conditions. Lafayette Advertiser 9/1/1894.


 Forced Entry.-  Friday night of last week two young negroes employed on his plantation forced and entrance into the residence of Mr. Thos. Mouton of our parish, but the noise they made awakened the inmates of the house and this caused the would-be-thieves to beat a hasty retreat before accomplishing their design. The culprits were located the following, and admitted their guilt, assigning as a reason for the deed that they desired to get possession of a stick of cosmetic they knew to be in the house, whereon a stick was given to them not of the kind they longed for, though, for the stick administered was akin to hickory, and no doubt exerted a most salutary effect in this instance.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/1/1894.



More Telephone Service for 1894. - Lafayette has telephone communication with the following points. Rose Hill, Erath, Erath, St. Martinville, Breaux Bridge, Arnaudville, New Iberia, Abbeville, Loreauville, St. John's Plantation, Huron Plantation, Carencro, Rayne, Crowley, Jeanerette, Mathilda, Oxnard & Sprague, Camperdown, Centerville, Patterson, Baldwin, Charenton, Katie Plantation, Franklin, Bartels, Berwick and Morgan City.  Lafayette Advertiser 9/1/1894.


Found Dead. - A negro man named Dick Bartlett, employed at the Moss and Mouton lumber yard, was found dead last Sunday morning by Mr. A. E. Mouton. Coroner A. Gladu viewed the body and attributed death to congestion of the brain. The man, besides having suffered with the fever for several days, was bitten by a spider a few days preceding his death, from the effects of which one of his knee joints was very much swollen.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/1/1894.


Escaped From Deputy Sheriff. - A negro passed through here last Monday evening riding a small Creole horse, driving a black cow with a white face; also a red calf. He went to Broussardville and offered to sell the cow and calf to deputy Sheriff George Malagarie for $7. Suspicioning that the negro had stolen them, Deputy Malagarie attempted to arrest him, but the negro drew his knife, cut at Malagarie and got away. Mr. Alexandre Billaud went to Mr. Malagarie's assistance and pursued the negro, but he dismounted from his steed, took to the field, leaving horse and cow behind. The negro was last seen at Scott, Monday about 1 o'clock.  Lafayette Advertiser 9/1/1894.


New Tannery. - The New Tannery to be erected and operated by Messrs. LeDanois and Degrez will be located on a lot purchased from Dr. Mudd, situated about two arpents from the Lafayette Rice Mill owned by the same persons. As Messrs. LeDanois and Degrez' purpose paying the highest market price for hides, at all times, it will be more advantageous to our people to sell to the local tannery than ship to New Orleans. This enterprise will also be the means of providing to home users a leather of desirable grade of that commodity at most favorable figures, yellow at 20 cents a pound and black leather at 25 cents, being the prices announced at this time. This it will be seen a double advantage will accrue to this locality by giving preference to the home enterprise in the matter of both selling to, and buying from, the local tannery. Lafayette Advertiser 9/1/1894.     



New at the Round-House. The Southern Pacific is having erected near its round house at this place an elevated water tank measuring 16x24 feet. The bottom of the tank will be 42 feet from the ground, ensuring a great amount of pressure for forcing water to all points needed. Lafayette Advertiser 9/1/1894.







[Communicated.]

ENTERPRISE DID IT.

 Enterprise is the watchword of progress, and progress means to advance, to move forward and onward, ever. It is moving out of the old ruts into new channels and swifter streams; it a laying aside of the old and putting on the new; it is doing something for one's self, one neighbor and one's country.

  The soil of Lafayette parish is fertile; the town of Lafayette has splendid natural advantages. A river runs by us to the Gulf; the undulating character of the land insure excellent drainage. Then we are on a railroad, the grand Southern Pacific, which extends from New Orleans to San Francisco, and another road to the northern part of the State. Yet, Lafayette still continues its long Rip Van Winkle sleep. Nearly every thing that man needs grows in this country; and it is the home of sugar cane, yet we buy sugar and some syrup from elsewhere just as we do most all the things we consume.

 Home of the old moss covered buildings need tearing down, and new ones erected in their stead. The crooked streets need straightening, the narrow ones should be widened. We need water-works and electric lights, steeet cars and fine school building. Many places with fewer natural advantages have outstripped us in the march of progress. They enjoy the convenience of modern appliances - and why? Because men did not keep their money in pocket books made of hog skin, and grunt every time a cent was taken out. Because men put their shoulders to the wheel and worked vigilantly, actively and harmoniously together for whatever they undertook - because they were enterprising.

 Now, I don't expect to see a city "loom up" here in a few weeks or months. But my suggestion is that our people should work harmoniously, together, willingly and gladly; we should "get fitten to be fitten", for the day is coming, coming, yes coming when these ancient buildings will be replaced by new ones, when waterworks, electric lights, fine churches, schools will be in, yes, in Lafayette.

 Our people should unite and use their best endeavors in inviting men of means to come here and establish new industries, if our people won't do it. This will cause new life to permeate every avenue of trade; a new stimulus will be given our present enterprises and industries. Do you want to be one of the number to help revive the great work before us?

 People of Lafayette, what will bring about these industries? Echo answeres Enterprise!  Enterprise!!  Enterprise!!!
Lafayette Advertiser 9/1/1894.



Selected News Notes (Advertiser)  9/1/1894.

 The annual inspection by the officials of the Southern Pacific Railway on the 7th of September.
 

 Mr. Tom Hopkins has secured a position under Mr. J. J. Davidson the able agent at the Southern Pacific Railroad of this place.

 The Times-Democrat, N. O. Picayune and Houston Post are on sale every day at Moss Bros. & Co.

Dr. G. A. Martin is having an addition made to his dwelling on Lincoln avenue. 


After a weeks illness, Miss Eunice Pefferkorn is in perfect health again and her friends are happy to see her out.

The effect of the visit of the Pay Car on the 12th. inst. has been visibly felt in our midst. 
What a pity it does not visit us oftener. 

Work on the public school annex is being rapidly advanced, under the supervision of contractor Fred Mouton.
 

 The arrival a cute little girl baby at the home of Mr. J. Alfred Mouton, last Tuesday, shed much joy in the household.

 There will be a grand barbecue and plenty of amusements on the day of the sale at Eunice, Sept. 12th.
 


 Brakeman Joseph Brooks was swept off the top of a freight train Wednesday night at Raceland Station by the limbs of a tree which a negro cut down.

 Capt. A. J. Ross with his corps of men, are erecting a trestle about forty feet high near the Round House for a water tank with 60,000 gals. capacity.

 Engineer J. Jos. Hannen of the Salt Mine Branch, visited relatives in town, Sunday. Engineer Alb. T. Cayard was sent from this place to relieve him. 


 Our popular Conductor, Emile Pefferkorn, after a few days leave of absence on a fishing trip to Clear Creek, near Alexandria, returned home on the Excursion, Sunday night.

 Eunice is the terminus of the Midland branch Railroad and will be for years to come. It is the natural center and distributing point of 2000 square miles of the fine farming lands in the State. 
Lafayette Advertiser 9/1/1894.



ENTERPRISE DID IT.

 Enterprise is the watchword of progress, and progress means to advance, to move forward and onward, ever. It is moving out of the old ruts into new channels and swifter streams; it is a laying aside of the old and putting on the new; it is doing something for one's self, one's neighbor and one's country.

The soil of Lafayette is fertile; the town of Lafayette has splendid natural advantages. A river runs by us to the Gulf; the undulating character of the land insures excellent drainage. Then we are on a railroad, the grand Southern Pacific, which extends from New Orleans to San Francisco and another road to the northern part of the State. Yet, Lafayette still continues its long Rip Van Winkle sleep. Nearly everything that man needs grows in this country; and it is the home of the country; and
we buy sugar and some syrup from elsewhere just as we do most of the other things we consume. (several unreadable sentences seem to be be talking about needed infrastructure improvements)

The crooked streets need straightening, the narrow ones should be widened. We need water-works and electric lights, street cars and fine school buildings. Many places with fewer natural advantages have outstripped us in the march of progress. They enjoy the conveniences of modern appliances--and why? Because men did not keep their money in pocket books made of hog skin, and grunt everytime a cent was taken out. Because men put their shoulders to the wheel and worked vigilantly, actively and harmoniously together for whatever they undertook--because they were enterprising.

Now, I don't expect to see a city "loom up" here in a few weeks or months. But my suggestion is that our people should work harmoniously together, willing and gladly; we should "get fitten to be fitten", for the day is coming, coming, yes coming when these ancient buildings will be replaced by new ones, when waterworks, electric lights, fine churches, schools will be in, yes, in Lafayette.

Our people should unite and use their best endeavors in inviting men of means to come here and establish new industries, if our people won't do it. This will cause new life to permeate every avenue of trade; a new stimulus will be given our present enterprises and industries. Do you want to be one of the number to help revive the great work before us?

People of Lafayette, what will bring about these industries? Echo answers, Enterprise! Enterprise!! Enterprise!!!

Lafayette Advertiser September 1st, 1894.











 From the Lafayette Advertiser of September 1st, 1909:


 MEETING DISCUSSES PERMANENT ROADS

 Representative of Standard Oil Company Explains Use of Asphalt Oil in Roadmaking.


INITIAL COST OF ASPHALTED ROADWAY $300 A MILE.

Committee to Observe Oil Road at New Iberia and Find Cost of Permanent Roads.


Tuesday morning at (unreadable) o'clock a number of citizens of Lafayette and Broussard met at the court house for the purpose of discussing the question of considering means for beginning permanent road construction in this parish. Mr. A. M. Martin called the meeting to order and requested Judge O. C. Mouton preside.

Numerous words in the next paragraph are unreadable but from what I can make out is that Judge Mouton establishes that the object of the committee is to examine the feasibility of funding permanent roadways in the parish, and that if it could be done, and would be of great benefit to the community at large.

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 He asked for expressions from those present and Dr. G. R. DeLaureal said that he felt the money which is now spent could be used for building permanent roads. He had been informed by the president of the police jury that about $14,000 was annually spent on the roads. By adding $3000 or $4000 more goodroads could be built over the entire parish. We are told that we have good roads, but when time for moving the crops begins the roads are bad. He spoke also of the proposed school tax and added that a court house tax might be considered, as a court house would have to be built, and this could be taken up now in connection with a movement for permanent roads. He stated that a good roads man was present and asked for a statement from him.

Mr. T. P. Wilson, the gentleman referred to by Dr. DeLaureal is a representative of the Standard Oil Company and was present by request. Mr. Wilson stated that the Standard Oil Company were makers of good roads oil, containing asphalt, and told of their experience and success in road building by the use of this asphalt oil. He said that the method used was to treat the dirt or shell road with the oil, averaging one-quarter of a gallon per square yard to dirt and one-third gallon to shell roads. The oil formed a union with the dirt or shells, making a coating about two inches thick. Where the road was properly built and crowned, giving a firm base of dirt or shells with necessary slant from the middle to the edges, the road was solid, no dust, and remained in good condition for twelve months, after which it was necessary to treat the road again with the asphalt oil, one-third the first amount being used for the second coating. He gave description of the success attained in New Orleans in the use of the asphalt oil for road purposes and stated that the roads treated with the oil had proven solid, dustless and equal to the traffic passing over them. To the question as to whether his company would be willing to build an object-lesson road at Lafayette, he replied that they would sell 1,000 gallons f. o. b. New Orleans, 6 1/2 cents a gallon, and furnish a man to superintend the building of the model road. They were going to shortly build such a road at New Iberia and if desired would come here afterwards. Being asked the cost per mile of treating roads with asphalt oil, he said that a 16 foot road cost about $300 a mile the first year, and $160 a mile the second treatment.

Judge Mouton here stated that by request he had looked up the law as to funds available for roads and found that the police jury had a right to set aside one mill of the general tax for the purpose, levy a charge of 25 cents to $1.00 on vehicles, and that the people could vote a 5-mill tax for five years, but this could not be voted for more than five years, nor could bonds be issued against such a tax. Governor Sanders had struck a popular chord in his good roads agitation, for good roads were the real interest of the people. The best tax is for public roads; the people get indirect benefit from the other taxes, but from a road tax get direct benefit. Lafayette Advertiser 9/1/1909.


 




 From the Lafayette Advertiser of September 1st, 1959:

 SLI Opens 1959 Football Work, Hoggat: 'Things Much Better'


 The SLI Bulldogs opened pre-season football practice today with 65 candidates on hand. Coach Jim Hoggat, with a letterman available at each position except guard, and a solid corps of junior college graduates and freshmen on hand, was optimistic as drills get underway.

 "We're in much better shape than we were last season," Hoggat said.

The squad is the largest to report for football during the past several years.

Among the returning lettermen are halfback Ralph Davis, quarterback Joe Calloway, and fullback Lynn Menendez. All three are returning after a year layoff.

Hoggat looks for more backfield strength from Johnny Arms, honorable mention for quarterback on last year's Little All American team, and Steve Gomez, a Gulf States Conference halfback.

Prospects on the line are brightened by Richard Coffey and Gerald Kapp, both junior letterman who will compete against newcomers and transfers from starting berths.

Considerable line strength is expected from 275 pound Royce Whittington, a tackle transfer from Louisiana State, and junior college transfer guards J. C. Allen and Morris Elder.

At center, Hoggat has letterman Richard Machen and Robert Guinn, the latter a junior college transfer.

Further help is expected from Dan Mastrean, a junior college All American who has been moved from his center post to fullback. Hoggat said the move is an experiment but he's hopeful it will pay off.

Two - day - sessions are scheduled through September 7.

The Bulldogs open their season against Southeastern Louisiana College in Hammond on September 18th.
 Lafayette Sunday Advertiser - Sept. 1, 1959.




lagniappe:
New Orleans vs. New York.

 The newspapers of New Orleans are having lots of fun with the newspapers of New York. It will be observed that, although the cases were alike to a "t," the New Orleans nigger distanced the New York list of his killed and wounded. In the South, when a nigger goes a niggering, he generally does the thing first at hand, in an original, niggerly way, whilst the Northern nigger tries to emulate the Northern tough and is merely an imitator. Yet we are told it was a rare sight to see the Astorbilts and the Van Waldorfs and others of the old aristocracy of New York chasing the bad niggers of the Tenderloin down Fifth avenue and driving them into the dark waters of the bay, to the ringing of the fire bells and the booming of cannon from Governor's Island. The tall towers of the World and Tribune must have shaken their sides with glee as the surging, shrieking mass of blacks, pursued by the shooting Four Hundred in dress suits, swept through Printing House Square. Mr. Bartholdi's Statue of Liberty looking on the while with grim surprise! What a pity that Mr. Hearst was in Chicago! Happily, however, the Sun was there to shine and the Times to shed its and moonbeams upon the scene. The Herald, however, had much the best of it. Being situated uptown in the heart of the Beau Quartier, it was able to get snap shots at the leaders of Eastern morality and fashions as they dashed out of the adjacent clubs and hotels, each holding a gun in one hand and a nigger in the other, and before the bloom and beauty had quite worn off the tableux vivants by the long, hot chase down Broadway to the City Hall. One of the most fashionable of New York's clergymen writes us that it was so light he could read his Greek Testament by the flashes of the pistol shots and an author from Harlem says confidentially that his only regret is that William Asdorf Walderbilt was out of town. Indeed, it is a general regret that so many of the Four Hundred were absent from the city at Coney Island and Asbury Park and other exclusive resorts. It is too bad, indeed, because those who to whom the world looks for examples of piousness and manners, whose lives are at best but a melancholy round of plenty and ennui, should have been on the ground to help run down the fleeing blacks, in their automobiles and otherwise to add to the elevation and their gaiety of an affair that, perchance, may not happen again in a twelvemonth!

 From the Courier-Journal and in the Lafayette Gazette 9/1/1900.

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