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From the Lafayette Advertiser of October 1st, 1898:

The People Want "Light."

 When some of us discarded our fore-fathers' luminary to introduce in our homes and places of business the "electric lights" we felt confident that that we had done forever with filling up lamps, cleaning chimneys etc., but after a trial of several months, we acknowledge that we are not yet masters of the situation.

What's the use of having electric lights when most in need of them, they are nowhere to be lighted.

We are entering, now, in the season when darkness prevails soon in the evening, and this is the time for early "electricity."

Why in towns East and West of us, even in midday when the skies are darkened, the current is turned in and business need not stop, but here in Lafayette, a certain office, a few days ago, had to keep many candles burning, so as not to interrupt business.

Give us light, light, early light.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/1/1898.

The Weather. - Again, we have been flooded by twenty-four hours incessant rain. In view of the cotton being picked this is truly regrettable without counting the loss resulting on the cotton in the fields. Our advice to the farmers is to make hay while the sun shines, in other words, it is to pick the cotton during fair weather and not to be discouraged by the unheard of low price of the staple. It is a great deal better to gather the cotton to have it rotted on the stalk. And while the price is low, still, it will pay to gather it.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/1/1898.

A Building and Loan Association.                                                             

The movement to organize a local building and loan association in Lafayette is meeting with gratifying encouragement, and it is safe to conclude that the movement will be entirely successful. 

 Local building and loan associations are managed by home people with an eye single to the interests of the shareholders and, in regard, are in striking contrast with the Inter-State pr Inter-National associations that are conducted on flagrantly inequitable plans and solely for the benefit of the officers.

 A good local association is capable of contributing materially to the advancement of a town. In its operations it accomplishes a two-fold object of great tangible value, viz: (1) provides homes to a worthy class of citizens, on easy monthly payments, (2) whilst affording a safe and remunerative means of investment to capital. In this way the association encourages habits of saving and thrift among the people, and by enabling persons of limited means to own homes of their own causes them to become better citizens. Also, the impetus given to the building of homes by an active building and loan association results in the general enhancement of property in a town.

 We hope to see the local association start in with a large membership, for the larger the number of shares in force, the greater will be the capacity of the association for doing good. The shares of the association are of the value of $100, payable in monthly installments of 50 cents. Messrs. E. G. Voorhies and R. C. Greig and Dr. N. P. Moss  compose the committee on stock subscription, and the members of the committee will take pleasure in giving any further information desired by persons interested in the subject.
 Lafayette Advertiser 10/1/1898

District Court.

Judge C. Debaillon has imposed the following sentences:

 Paul Arceneaux. assault and battery; Adam Francois, concealed weapon; J. Floirmoir, concealed weapon; Fernet Kelly, concealed weapon; Isaac Porter, concealed weapon; Adriea Dugas, assault and battery; each $20 fine, inclusive of costs or 90 days jail.

 Leo Delhomme, concealed weapon; O. P. Guilbeau, assault and battery; each $5 and costs.

 Howard Foote et als, Disturbing a peaceable assembly $1 fine and costs, Daniel McCoy, tresspass $15 fine, inclusive of costs or 30 days in jail.

 Alfred Rigues, larceny, parish jail 4 months; W. Hebert, larceny, hard labor 6 months; Osa Blanchard, larceny, 30 days jail; Frank Gumbo, wandering, 12 months hard labor.

 Clairville Francois, Berthmance Valentin, larceny, each 6 months hard labor.

 Will Tom, larceny, 1 year hard labor.

 J. Hamilton, stealing a ride, $20 fine inclusive costs or 60 days.

 Gaston Blot, Maurice Francez, A. C. Flory, P. B. Landry, H. Crouchet, M. Francez, Clet Leblanc, J. O. Broussard, I. Hulin, P. A. Delhomme, Alphonse Peck, C. A. Miller, Gus. Landry, E. Bodenheimer, P. Crouchet, H. D. Delahoussaye, Jos. Hayes, Zenon Arceneaux, violating the Sunday law, each $25 fine and costs. G. Blot, C. A. Miller, selling intoxicating liquors to minors, each $25 fine and costs.  Lafayette Advertiser 10/1/1898.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 10/1/1898.

 The Cotton Compress is in full blast. The management invites all farmers to visit their plant.

 The People's Oil Mill under the management of the "hustler" T. M. Biossat, resumed operations last Monday morning. We predict for the mill a prosperous season and a large dividend for the stockholders.

 Mr. Wm. Pellerin brought to our office a sample of African bean. They grown on a vine which has for blossoms, magnificent flowers. The beans are good to eat.

 Mr. Leonce Gladu has accepted a position with Mr. Bienvenu, at Lutcher, La., leaves today.

 Do not forget that Mrs. Le Danois buys Wool, Hides and Bones and gives the highest market prices.

 Lumbera and other materials for the construction of the Catholic Church are on the ground at Scott.  Lafayette Advertiser 10/1/1898.

From the Lafayette Gazette of October 1st, 1898:

 Parish and Municipal Boards of Health.

 The "parish" and the "municipal" Boards of Health created by the new law, act 192 of the General Assembly, occupy an important place with reference to local sanitary matters.

 Section 7 of the act provides: That said parish and municipal Boards of Health shall have power and authority to pass health and sanitary ordinances for defining and abating nuisances dangerous to the public health; to regulate drainage and ventilation with reference to human habitation and places of business and public resorts; to regulate the carrying on of trade and business injurious to public health; for the disposition of fecal matter and garbage; to regulate the erection of buildings with due regard to the filling of lots and the grading thereof, and the arrangement of said buildings; for the vacation of, demolishing of buildings for the protection of public health; for the registration of births, deaths and marriages, and the keeping of vital statistics to be registered and reported to the State Board of Health under its instructions and regulations, and generally all health and sanitary ordinances necessary and incident to the proper local sanitation of the parish, city or town in which they exercise their powers.

 Thus it is made plain that parish and municipal Boards of Health are empowered to pass ordinances and otherwise act as an independent body with relation to the duties imposed by law on the said Boards, and are not dependent on other local authorities to give force and effect to health measures they may adopt in the interest of the public.

 It is evident, also, that municipal Boards, especially, that mean to seriously apply themselves to the work they are called on to carry out, will be entitled to the unstinted thanks of their fellow citizens and should receive their most earnest support. Lafayette Gazette 10/1/1898.


Clean Up. - There seems to be a disposition to not comply with the notice issued by the health inspector, by authority of the Board of Health, to the property-holders of the town to put their premises in a sanitary condition. This should not be. Every citizen of the town ought to comply with this requirement of the Board without being compelled to do so. Let the Board instruct the inspector to rigidly enforce this regulation. The inspector may be assisted by the police in this work. Let every property-holder be made to understand that the Board means business and that no exception will be made in the enforcement of this very necessary ordinance. Make everybody clean up, and lose no time about it. The Board should have its regulations respected. There is a way to do it and it should be done.
Lafayette Gazette 10/1/1898.

Open the Hydrants. - Those in charge of the waterworks should occasionally open the hydrants and let the water out. The Gazette is informed that this part of the work has not received proper attention and the water remains stagnant, endangering the health of those who drink it. A small quantity is used by the subscribers, but not enough to keep the water in potable condition. The street hydrants should be opened and all the water allowed to run out and the mains filled with a fresh supply. This, it is clear, should not be neglected as it is of the utmost importance that the waterworks subscribers are furnished with water in a perfectly healthful state. Let the proper authorities attend to this at once.
Lafayette Gazette 10/1/1898.

Died on the Train. - Mr. C. L. Silvers died on the eastbound train yesterday evening immediately after its arrival at this place. Mr. Silvers was accompanied by his wife and was from Los Angeles, Cal., where he had gone in search of relief from pulmonary troubles. Sheriff Broussard tendered the hospitality of his home to Mrs. Silvers who will remain here until to-day when she will leave with the body for her home in Richmond, Va.

 Mr. Silvers was in the last stages of consumption, his emaciated form showing that he had been suffering from that terrible disease. Mrs. Silvers stated that her husband appeared to be feeling better on the trip, and she did not believe that he would have died before reaching home. When the train reached Lafayette the conductor informed Sheriff Broussard of the man's condition. The sheriff summoned Dr. Girard who, after visiting the sick man, pronounced his case hopeless and expressed the opinion that he could live only a few minutes. Before the time for the departure of the train had arrived the unfortunate man was dead. Lafayette Gazette 10/1/1898.

City Council Proceedings.

Lafayette, La., Sept. 5, 1898.

 The Council met this day with the following members present: Mayor Caffery, Messrs. A. E. Mouton, J. A. Landry, Dr. Martin and Dr. Hopkins. Absent: A. J. Bru, J. J. Davidson and John Hahn.

 Minutes of Aug. 1, were read and approved.


 To the Hon. Mayor and Members of the City Council, Lafayette, La. - Following are receipts and disbursements since last report:

  Aug. 2, Cash on hand as per report this day ... $95.94
  Received from Sid McFaddin ... $60.00
  Received from Mayor Caffery ... $101.00
     Total ... $101.00.

  By cash Chas. D. Caffery ... $75.00
  By cash Louis Chopin ... $1.50
  By cash Louis Chopin ... $3.oo
  By cash Wm. Clegg ... $7.25
  By cash L. M. Creighton ... $14.00
  By cash on hand ... $150.00
    Total ... $256.94.

 On hand as per report this day $150.19.
                   Respectfully submitted,
                          BAXTER CLEGG, Treasurer.
Lafayette, La., Sept. 5, 1898.

 W. W. & E. L. FUND.

 To the Hon. Mayor and Members of the City Council of Lafayette, La., - Following are receipts  and disbursements since last report:

  Aug. Cash on hand as per report $1,387.00
  Cash from C. F.  Melchert ... $132.30
  Cash from C. F.  Melchert ... $91.50
  Cash from C. F. Melchert ... $62.50
  Cash from C. F. Melchert ... $9.10
 Cash from Don L. Caffery ... $38.69
     Total $1,731.09.


  Aug. Cash Telephone Co. ... $2.25
  Cash W. P. Oil Co. ... $32.66
  Cash Don L. Caffery ... $60.00
  Cash C. F. Melchert ... $75.00
  Cash Lundy Huff ... $50.00
  Cash Henry Williams ... $7.00
  Cash Aymar Guidry ... $35.00
  Cash People's Cotton Oil Co. ... $226.30
  Cash Louis Chopin ... $22.15
  Cash Don L. Caffery ... $5.75
  C. A. Gaines ... $25.00
  Cash Leopold Lacoste ... $20.75
  Cash C. F. Melchert ... $75.00
  Cash L. Huff ... $35.00
  Cash on hand ... $1,009.23

 Cash on hand as per report this day $1009.23
              Respectfully submitted,
                     BAXTER CLEGG, Treasurer.
     Lafayette, La., Sept. 5., 1898.

Lafayette, La., Sept. 5., 1898. To the Hon. Mayor and Members of the Council.

 Gentlemen: I have collected since last report following amounts, to-wit:
  Licenses ... $60.00
            Respectfully submitted,
                  S. W. MCFADDIN, Collector.
   The following general fund accounts were approved:

 Louis Chopin, hauling cinders ... $1.00
 A. M. Martin, taking assessments, etc. ... $90.o0
  Lafayette Advertiser, quarter ending Aug. 13, 1898 ... $25.00
  E. G. Voorhies, recording bond American Surety Co. ... $1.00
  Wm. Lewis, burying man found dead ... $5.00
  Dr. Trahan, viewing body found dead ... $5.00
  L. F. Salles, coroner certificate ... $2.00
  L. M. Creighton, work on plank walk in Aug. ... $14.00
  Chas. D. Caffery, expenses for W. W. suit ... $24.25
  D. J. Veazey, salary $50, cleaning jail $5, hauling dogs $4.50, 1 spade and fee Dr. Martin ... $60.85
  Ulysse Himel, salary Aug. ... $40.00
  Henry Hebert, salary Aug. ... $30.00

 The following waterworks and electric light funds accounts were approved:

  Moss & Co. ... $1.05
  L. Lacoste ... $23.70
  C. Robt. Churchill ... $4.98
  Louis Chopin, hauling coal, etc. ... $5.25
  N. O. Electric Co. ... $34.67
  Peoples Cotton Oil Co. ... $166.90
  Fairbanks & Co. ... $11.70

 Following are approximate expenses of running waterworks and electric light plant:


  Chief engineer ... $75.00
  Assistant engineer ... $50.00
  Firemen ... $35.00
  Oil, waste, carbons and packing ... $11.00
  Coal, 65 tons @ $3.65
  Hauling coal ... $9.00
       Total expenses ... $417.00
       Revenues from water and light ... $233.50
       Total ... $183.70
               Respectfully submitted,
                       CHAS. F. MELCHERT.

 A petition signed by some 50 names protesting the opening of street by Deffez's house connecting Lincoln Avenue and Julia Street, was read and referred to street committee.

 There being no further business the Council adjourned.
                     CHAS. D. CAFFERY, Mayor.
     BAXTER CLEGG, Secretary.
 Lafayette Gazette 10/1/1898.

Selected News Notes (Gazette) 10/1/1898.

 Mr. Joseph P. Colomb, of Grand Coteau, and Miss Anita Lacoste, of this town, will be married at the Catholic church in Lafayette at 5:30 p. m., on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

 The Gazette is authorized to announce that there will be a regular meeting of the School Board on Thursday, Oct. 6.

 Arrivals at the Rigues House: C. A. Levie, Frank D. Ogden, C. Mieau, T. Theriot, C. S. Magner, L. H. Hautot, New Orleans; Mr. Savoie, St. Martinville; D. Avery, Jr., Island; F. D. Kent, Thibodeaux.

NOTICE. - Notice is hereby given that the stock law will be enforced from and after the 5th of October. D. J. VEAZEY, Marshal.

 Wanted. - A partner with $5,000, to increase a business in general merchandise store. Apply to Amb. Mouton, Real Estate and General Agency, Lafayette, La.
Lafayette Gazette 10/1/1898.


 Special Meeting, Sept. 24th, 1870.

 A special meeting of the Police Jury was called for this day according to law.

 Members present: J. J. Caffery, President, and Messrs. O. Broussard, Caruthers, M. G. Broussard, Landry, Hebert and LeBlanc.

 The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.

 The following resolutions were adopted:

 Resolved, That the resolution adopted at the last meeting prohibiting the giving of balls. &c., in the Court House, be and is hereby amended and modified to read as follows :  That the President of the Police Jury and the Keeper of the Court House may allow Balls, Concerts, Shows, &c., to be given in the Court House, upon the payment of fifteen dollars to the keeper for the use of the Parish and to be paid into the Treasury, and upon requiring every thing to be cleaned and replaced at proper order.

 Resolved, That a warrant be drawn in favor of A. Nevue for fifty dollars, for the relief of Louis Dovier.

 The following accounts were approved and warrants for the same ordered to be drawn on the Treasurer:

 J. A. Chargois, $25; Alex. Meaux, Jr, (unreadable sum), E. L. Hebert, $35.50; Wm. Brandt, $27.42; Valsin Benoit, $13.50; J. J. Caffery, $11.80; W. I. Watkins, $38.50; Allen Charles and Garland Peck, $15; Clemille Cormier, $5; Joseph Ledoux, $7.

 On motion, the Police Jury adjourned.
J. J. CAFFERY, President.
A. J. MOSS, Clerk.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/1898.

City Council of Vermilionville.

 Present :  W. O. Smith, Mayor ;  Members :  R. L. McBride, A. Monnier, J. H. Wise, Wm. Brandt and B. A. Salles. Absent :  Messrs. Landry and Gagneaux.

 The minutes of the preceding were read and approved.

 By order of the Mayor, a special session of the City Council was held on Monday the 29th day of August 1870.

 Present :  W. O. Smith, Mayor ;  Members :  Messrs. H. Landry, J. H. Wise, R. L. McBride, Wm. Brandt, B. A. Salles, R. Gagneaux and A. Monnier.

 The Mayor called the meeting to order.
 WHEREAS the Mayor having been informed that the Yellow Fever has made its appearance in the Town of Washington, Parish of St. Landry, La.

 Therefore be it resolved, That the resolution relating to infectious or epidemic diseases, adopted October 12rh, 1864, and re-enacted August 7th, 1867, be and is hereby declared to be in full force, and the Constable is hereby ordered immediately to proceed to the execution of said resolution.

 Be it further resolved, That all persons residing within the limits of the Corporation of Vermilionville,  be and are hereby ordered to see that their yards are cleared of all trash, and that lime is thrown in their privies at once, and those neglecting to comply with said resolution, shall be fined in the sum of Two ($2.50) dollars and Fifty cents.
W. O. SMITH, Secretary.
H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/1/1870.


City Council of Vermilionville.

 Regular Session of Sept. 5th 1870.

 Present :  W. O. Smith, Mayor; Members J. H. Wise, Wm. Brandt and B. A. Salles. Absent: Messrs. Landry and Gagneaux.

 The minutes of the preceding were read and approved.

 On motion, it was resolved, that a petition signed by the Mayor and members of the City Council be addressed to the Police Jury of the Parish, requesting the honorable body to repeal the following resolution, passed Sept. 5, 1870.

 Resolved, that thirty days after the passage of this resolution, all hogs running at large within the limits of the Corporation of Vermilionville, will be taken up by the Constable, and after notice to the owner, if he be known and pay a fine of 1 dollar per head said owner will be allowed to take his property, otherwise, they will  be sold to highest bidder, by said officer.

 Resolved, that all laws contrary to the above be and they are hereby repealed.

 Resolved, that a note be drawn against the Corporation, for the sum of $214.00 payable to bearer, and due on the 22nd of January 1871, with eight per cent interest from maturity, said note to made in favor of bearer for money borrowed for use of said Corporation.

 The following accounts were approved: Campbell & Doucet $3.50, C. T. Patin $60.00.

 On motion the Council adjourned.
W. O. SMITH, Mayor.
H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/1/1870.


 Muscular force is admired among the ruder sort of people in all countries. The first ladies of Rome clapped their jeweled hands when some gladiator hacked and thrust with peculiar energy, reddening the sand of the amphitheater with the blood of the brave antagonist. The population of whole cities witness with enthusiasm the spectacle of a human bull bait. From pit to dome whole theaters become wild with delight over the bloodless combats of the stage. It is the same animal instinct of fear which makes the timid respect and obey the bold and the strong, that makes the sparrow hide from the hawk, or the gazelle to fly from the lion. The desire to excel in exhibitions of bodily prowess is kin to that emulation and love of glory which possess the conquering warrior's whole mind. The hero if a score of great battles is only a refinement upon the burly champion of the village green.

Original source unknown. In the Lafayette Advertiser 10/1/1870.

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