The Suit of the Consolidated Engineering Company vs. the Town of Lafayette.
Last Thursday morning Judge Debaillon called up for trial the suit of the Consolidated Engineering Company vs. the City Council of Lafayette. The plaintiffs were represented by Judge Jno. Clegg of New Orleans and Col. G. A. Breaux of the local bar, and the interests of the town were looked over by Messrs. C. D. Caffery, Orther C. Mouton, Wm. Campbell and Crow Girard.
After the usual preliminary skirmishes the work of taking testimony was begun. The ground is being fought inch by inch and from appearances we judge that the trial will last several days. This suit was instituted by the Consolidated Engineering Company to enforce the payment of a thousand dollars due for the construction of the waterworks and electric light plant. The town sued in reconvention for damages and to compel the company to remedy the defects which are alleged to exist in the plant. The famous or infamous Zell boilers are alleged to be deficient in economy, safety and capacity and in a worthless condition. Charges of a more serious character are made as the town makes the allegation in its answer that there was some dishonest transaction between the company and the town's consulting engineer, who, by the way, was conspicuously absent from the court-room during the trial Thursday.
The town will undertake to show that the boilers are not as stipulated in the contract and we understand that much evidence will be adduced to prove this fact.
The result of the trial is awaited with much interest by the people of the town.
Layette Gazette 9/10/1898.
The Yellow Fever.
The report that there were cases of yellow fever in New Orleans was unfounded. After investigation experts declared that there was no yellow fever in the city. Some places are still maintaining a senseless quarantine, not only against New Orleans, but against the earth.
The fever at Franklin continues to spread, but so far it has been kept within the limits of the town. The people of this State have not yet betrayed any symptoms of the scare which prevailed last year and even should the fever spread to other towns it is not believed that the quarantine methods of last year will be resorted to again. Lafayette Gazette 9/10/1898.
A Wagon Market.
The question of making Lafayette a wagon market for cotton is being agitated by many of our business men. The other day a gentleman largely identified with the business of this town, gave expression to the following views which struck us as being particularly forcible. He said:
"Every citizen of Lafayette, regardless of what his business or profession may be, is directly interested in assisting to build up this town as a wagon cotton market.
"Almost without a solitary exception, in every town along the line of the Southern Pacific Railroad between New Iberia and Alexandria, farmers haul and sell their cotton directly to buyers.
"There can be no argument that our merchants will sell no wagons, no drugs, no groceries, no dry goods, no anything, to the farmer who finds his market at Scott, Broussardville, Breaux Bridge, Carencro, or any other town than Lafayette, and it is a duty which every citizen of Lafayette owes to himself to strive to put this town on the same footing as, for instance, Opelousas, which handles from 15,000 to 17,000 bales of wagon cotton annually. Although as much cotton is raised within 2o miles of us as within the same area of Opelousas, yet Lafayette has never had a bale of cotton sold on her streets, up to this season, simply because we were not awake to our opportunities.
"Competition makes trade and as soon as it is known that Lafayette is a wagon cotton market buyers will compete so keenly for the staple that prices obtained will attract farmers here for miles around."
Lafayette Gazette 9/10/1898.
For Better Roads.
Those who have driven over the road to Scott know what can be done with a small sum of money judiciously expended. This road, which is not yet completed, furnishes ample evidence that a few men, properly encouraged, can accomplish very much in the way of improving the public thoroughfares.
Mr. Alcide Judice, the well-known Scott merchant, inaugurated a movement some time ago which has resulted in giving to the public a road between this place and Scott that is far superior to any of the other principal highways of the parish. Though not quite completed, this road is such a vast improvement on the old one that a person is loathe to believe that such excellent work could have been done in so short a time and at so small a cost.
The work was done by Ludovic Billeaud and Adelma Martin, aided by Joseph Billeaud, who contracted with Mr. Alcide Judice, to whom much credit is due for this splendid road. Mr. Judice subscribed liberally and with the assistance of gentlemen of this town raised $200 which was the amount expended. Mr. Coronna gave $50 for the compress and the Lafayette Refinery subscribed a like sum. Through the efforts of Mr. T. M. Biossat the sum of $50 was raised among the people of this town and an appropriation of $50 was made by the Police Jury.
Now that we have a good road to Scott our people should continue to agitate this question until the roads to Carencro, Broussard, Royville and Breaux Bridge are put in first-class condition. We understand that steps have already been taken to raise the money necessary to repair the Royville road. An effort will be made to put this road in good condition before bad weather sets in. Experience has taught the people of this parish that the present system is a failure and if the roads are to be worked it must be by private subscriptions and through the organized efforts of those interested. Certain provisions have been made in the new constitution to levy a road tax, but it will be some time before this law will give us better roads. It will not do to wait. Lafayette can not afford to be inactive when so much is at stake, and the farmers are equally interested in having better roads. The work so happily inaugurated should be contained with unabated energy. Lafayette Gazette 9/10/1898.
Do Your Duty Gentlemen. - Last Monday was the regular meeting day of the City Council, but before a quorum could be gotten together it was so late in the day that very little business could be transacted. The meeting continued until Wednesday, but on that day it was impossible to get a quorum, and no meeting was held. It strikes us that those members of the Council who can not, or do not want, to attend to their duties should resign. When they accepted the office, which they now hold, they assumed certain obligations which they have taken an oath to fill to the best of their ability. If their personal affairs are such that they can not give any of their time to the public business they should resign and let those who are willing to serve be appointed. The affairs of the town need the attention of a wide-awake and business-like Council. Without this we are bound to retrograde.Do your duty gentlemen, or quit. Lafayette Gazette 9/10/1898.
Streets To Be Worked. Mayor Caffery has informed us that arrangements have been made to work the streets. No doubt the people will be pleased to learn that the present deplorable condition of the town is only temporary. The Gazette has always felt confident that the town administration would do its best to have the streets worked before the winter season and that the mud holes and tall weeds would be attended to in due time. Before any work is done on the streets the Council should see that the stock law is rigidly enforced. As we said before the stock on our streets are a public nuisance. They not only commit all sorts of depredations on private property but they ruin the streets and side-walks. Let the Council start the good work by instructing the police to enforce the stock ordinance. Lafayette Gazette 9/10/1898.
On a Furlough. - Alley Sprole, Lewis McBride, Willie Elmer, Paul Castel, Joseph Budloh, Henry Judice, Olivier Dugas, Jno. Dugas, Jno. Greig, R. B. Martin, Frank McBride, Ozemee LeBlanc, Tom Behan, Felix Villere, who left here on June 30, to enlist as soldiers with the Canoneers at Donaldsonville returned home having been granted a thirty-day furlough. Eddie Matthews stopped at Morgan City and Jerome Mouton at St. Martinville, to spend some time with relatives. C. S. Morris and J. H. Reedus, who left here with the Lafayette boys, remained at the Jackson barracks to do guard duty. R. E. Cunningham. Jim Bailey and Beauregard Besse and Ben Harold passed through on the way to their homes in Rayne.
It is believed that the boys will be finally mustered out at the end of their furlough. Their battery is on the list of those designated by the department to be discharged.
Public Schools Opened.
The public schools opened last Monday with a good attendance, there being 150 pupils enrolled, which number will more than probably be soon increased to 200 and over. An excellent corps of teachers are in charge and Lafayette can justly feel that her schools are in no wise inferior to others in the State. Lafayette Gazette 9/10/1898.
A Building and Loan Association.
The Gazette is pleased to publish the following call. A local home building and loan association is calculated to do much good and we hope that this move will meet with the success it deserves.
All interested in the organization of a Home Building and Loan Association are requested to meet at the court-house, Thursday evening, Sept. 15, at 8 o'clock p. m. R. C. Greig, Ed G. Voorhies, C. O. Mouton, C. D. Caffery, Crow Girard, J. J. Davidson, Wm. Clegg, S. R. Parkerson, F. V. Mouton, Homer Mouton, N. P. Moss, A. Bonnet, P. W. Barnes, F. K. Hopkins, O. C. Mouton. Lafayette Gazette 9/10/1898.
Hon. G. A. Breaux Nominated.
Morgan City, La., Sept. 6. - The Republican congressional committee of the Third district convened here at 1 o'clock to-day with a full representation, and a majority of the delegates being white people. Chairman J. L. Jones called the meeting to order, and after an eloquent address a committee on credentials was appointed and a recess taken until 5 o'clock. It was fully 8 o'clock, however, when the delegates got together again. Mr. Charles Fontelieu, of Iberia, was elected chairman, and J. B. Lowry, of Iberville, secretary. Hon. Gus. A. Breaux, of Lafayette, was placed in nomination for congress by J. L. Jones, and seconded by Hon. C. B. Darrall. He was nominated by acclamation., Mr. Charles Fontelieu was elected chairman of the district committee, and J. B. Lowery secretary. The convention finished its business and adjourned at 10:30 o'clock. Lafayette Gazette 9/10/1898.
Threatened Electrician Melchert. - An Irish tramp who had imbibed too freely of Lafayette whiskey threatened to assault Electrician Melchert with the use of a broomstick at the power-house last Wednesday night. Constable Himel appeared in the nick of time and conducted the irate son of the Emerald Isle to the calaboose. Lafayette Gazette 9/10/1898.
School Board Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., Sept. 5, 1898. - A special meeting of the School Board was held to-day. The following members were present: Dr. Thomas B. Hopkins, president. Members: Alex Delhomme, William Bailey, Baxter Clegg, H. M. Durke, A. Olivier, V. E. Dupuis, J. O. Broussard. Absent: Jno. Whittington.
The secretary being absent, Homer Mouton was elected secretary pro tem.
The reading of the minutes of the last meeting were dispensed with.
Upon motion of Mr. Broussard, seconded by Mr. Durke, the schools in the parish, excepting the summer schools, were ordered to be opened immediately.
Mr. Bailey stated that the Police Jury had appropriated enough money to build on and defrayed the expenses of building.
Mr. Bailey was authorized to open this school after ascertaining if the donation had been regularly made and recorded.
At the recommendation of Mr. Bailey, Miss Kate Hunter was elected teacher of this school.
Miss Aimee Hampton was appointed to fill the temporary vacancy in the Lafayette negro school caused by the illness of Mrs. P. L. Breaux.
Mr. Durke was authorized to appoint a teacher at the Royville school, subject to the action of the appointing committee.
Mr. Durke recommended that the following appointments be made for the fourth ward:
Blanchet school, Miss Heloise Olivier; Sellers school, Felix Crepin; Theall school, H. C. Wallis.
The foregoing appointments were made.
The matter of the proposed removal of the Blanchet school to Clement Romero's was taken up. The superintendent and Mr. Durke were directed to look into this matter and report to the Board at its next regular meeting.
A letter from Prof. Baillo was read, stating that on account of impaired health he is unable to accept the principal-ship of the Broussard school.
Miss Clye Mudd was elected teacher of the Stelly school in the sixth ward.
The Board adjourned to meet on the 1st Thursday of October.
THOS. B. HOPKINS, President.
HOMER MOUTON, Sec, pro tem.
Lafayette Gazette 9/10/1898.
Police Jury Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., Sept. 1, 1898. - The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: R. C. Landry, C. C. Brown, Ben Avant, Alonzo Lacy, Jno. Whittington, Jr., Jno. E. Primeaux and M. Billaud, Jr. Absent: Alfred Hebert.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.
Attorney Campbell asked, in behalf of Pacal Mouleson and others, that the resolution ordering all dams on Bayou Queue Tortue to be removed, be held in abeyance until next regular meeting so as to give all persons interested an opportunity to represent the actual state of affairs involved. Granted.
The fixing of the salaries of justices and constables was again postponed.
Messrs. F. V. and W. S. Hull appeared before the Jury and explained the position held by the Pauly Jail Company relative to the operation of the evaporated vault in the parish jail. The Jury visited the jail and the condition there demonstrated being satisfactory it was resolved that the amount due the Pauly Company be paid, the Jury reserving all rights secured under the guarantee clause of the contract.
Mr. Ambroise Mouton here appeared and explained the benefits to be derived from judicious advertisements of the material resources and manufacturing interests of the parish and asked for an appropriation to assist the enterprise. By motion the sum of $25 was appropriated for said purpose.
The sum og $20 was appropriated to repair the Burton Smith public school house in the 2d ward.
A petition asking for the repair of a public road in the 4th ward was read and the matter postponed until further investigation.
The sum of $200 was appropriated to build a bridge across Bayou Vermilion at Prairie Basse agreeable to petition.
The committee appointed to draft an ordinance levying a special license tax for public roads reported the following which was adopted:
Lafayette, La., Sept. 1, 1898. - To the Honorable President and Members Police Jury, Lafayette, Parish:
We, the undersigned, appointed as a committee to fix licenses on vehicles owned in this parish for the year 1898, beg to report that following figures are the result of our deliberations:
Livery and other vehicles traveling in the parish to be charged as above.
We recommend that in addition to the above, that a special per capita tax of $1 be levied upon each male citizen between the ages of 18 and 55 years, the same to be used as a road fund as per provisions of the new constitution.
C. C. BROWN, BEN AVANT, Committee.
The sum of $4.30 was appropriated to pay the passage of Jim Johnson, indigent to the charity hospital.
Mr. Billaud was authorized to confer with Supt. Owens as to the railroad crossing at Broussard and arrange the best terms possible in final settlement of the matter.
J. E. MARTIN, Treasurer.
Lafayette, La., Sept. 1, 1898.
The following account were laid over:
There being no further business the Jury adjourned.
R. C. LANDRY, President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 9/10/1898.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 9/10/1898.
The old building at the corner opposite the court-house is being demolished to make way for Mr. Begnaud's two-story structure.
Wanted. - A partner with $5,000, to increase a business in general merchandising store. Apply to Amb. Mouton, Real Estate and General Agency, Lafayette, La.
Five cents was paid for cotton at Gerac's gin last Saturday.
The Gazette is informed that Col. Breaux has declined the Republican nomination for congress. The colonel is evidently not willing to lead a forlorn hope.
The second session of The Home Institute will open Monday, September 5, 1898. Thorough instruction and conscientious supervision given all children entrusted to the care of the institute. R. C. Greig, Principal.
Prof. R. C. Greig opened his school last Monday with a large attendance. The other private schools in town, we understand, began the session, with bright prospects.
Dr. N. P. Moss, T. M. Biossat and B. N. Coronna will visit Royville with a view of enlisting the support of the people of that town in the effort which is being made to repair the road to that point.
Albert Durand and Eddie Knight of St. Martinville were in Lafayette Thursday. They were the guests of Alley Sprole.
Judge Jno. Clegg is in Lafayette attending to business before the district court.
Last year our people were not a little bit scared of yellow fever. This year it's the quarantine of which they are afraid.
Mrs. T. M. Biossat and children left last Wednesday to spend some time with relatives in Alexandria. Lafayette Gazette 9/10/1898.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of September 10th, 1898:
A Cold Wave.
After days of heat, it is with comfortableness that a refreshing day is enjoyed. Such one we had last Thursday, when the thermometer went down and a cool breezing day was the beneficial result.
With such days now and then, the extreme heat would be more bearable.
Hog-Owners: Take Notice. - Complaints are made daily about hogs being kept in the Corporation limits. It is a fact that just now, when we are trying to boom Lafayette, and in expectation of strangers visiting our town it would be a little bit of policy to look into this matter. One of our neighbors, told us that the stench emanating from such a nuisance located on the principal thoroughfare of our town, was enough to permeate the most robust constitutions and inoculate diseases. We think the proper authorities ought to take this matter on hand and not stop until the nuisance is eradicated from our town. Lafayette Advertiser 9/10/1898.
The Schools. - The High School opened last Monday with Prof. Lerosen, as Principal, and 66 pupils were enrolled. The Public School T. R. Simmons, Principal, opened the same day with 72 scholars. With such teachers as Prof. Lerosen and T. R. Simmons, Lafayette may well consider itself in the educational ranks.
The Home Institute R. C. Greig, Principal, resumed its session last Monday with 50 pupils. Prof. Greig is too well known to need any eulogy on our part.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/10/1898.
A New Millinery Store. On the 19th of this month, Misses Lorena Marsh and Mimie Cayret will open a Millinery and Dress Making establishment opposite Mrs. John O. Mouton. The ladies may well patronize these young ladies, as they are well up in their profession besides their patrons will have the advantage of getting goods and fashion imported from Paris and New York. Lafayette Advertiser 9/10/1898.
Remember The Date. - Home Fire Co. will give a grand concert for its benefit on October 20th, 1898. Everybody can rest assured that the concert will be one of the hits of the season, besides, all entertainments given under the management of Home Fire Co., have always attracted large audiences, and we bespeak for this occasion the largest one ever yet assembled in Lafayette. Lafayette Advertiser 9/10/1898.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 9/10/1898.
The water works case came up before Court last Thursday, but was not concluded.
Mr. Ambroise Mouton went to Carencro last Thursday.
Mrs. A. Levy, of Lake Charles, is visiting Mrs. Schmulen.
Mr. T. P. Simmons has been selected as principal of the public school.
Mr. Leonce Gladu spent two days this week with friends in Youngsville.
Mrs. T. M. Biossat and her children, left last Wednesday for Alexandria, La.
Miss Lea Gladu is spending a few days in Youngsville, visiting Dr. Scranton family.
Mrs. F. Abbadie, of Carencro, is on a visit to her sister Mrs. Wm. Guchereau of this place.
Messrs. B. Falk, D. V. Gardebled and S. Kahn returned last Saturday morning from Northern markets. Lafayette Advertiser 9/10/1898.
From the Lafayette Advertiser 9/10/1870:
Democratic Convention of the Parish of Lafayette.
Pursuant to a call of the Democratic Executive Committee of the Parish of Lafayette. The Democrats of the several precincts of this Parish, met in Convention at the Court house in the town of Vermilionville, on Saturday, September 3rd at 12 o'clock, M. for the purpose of selecting Delegates to the State Convention to be held in New Orleans on the (2nd) second Monday proximo; when on motion of John Caruthers Esq.
Mr. Alexander Latiolais was unanimously chosen as president and John Bernard as Secretary of the Convention.
On motion, Messrs John R. Creighton, M. E. Girard, O. Broussard, Hazard Eastin and Theodule Hebert, jr., were unanimously elected delegates to the above said State Convention.
On motion of Eraste Mouton, Esq., it was Resolved, That the said Delegates be required to furnish their votes by procuration ; in case they cannot attend said Democratic State Convention.
On motion of Onesiphore Broussard, Esq. it was, Resolved that Mr. F. Daigle be the choice as candidate for State Senator, for the District, comprising the Parishes of Lafayette, St. Landry and Calcasieu.
Resolved that the proceedings of this meeting be printed as soon as practicable in the Opelousas Courier and the Lafayette Advertiser.
On motion of M. E. Girard, Esq., the Convention adjourned.
JNO. BERNARD, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/10/1870.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 9/10/1870.
At the request of citizens of the Parishes of Calcasieu, Lafayette and St. Landry, I have consented to become a candidate for the State Senate. Wm. Offutt.
At the request of many friends I have consented to become a candidate for the State Senate, for the Senatorial District comprising the parishes of St. Landry, Lafayette and Calcasieu. Francois Daigle.
We are authorized to announce A. J. Moss, present incumbent, as a candidate for Parish Judge. Election in November.
Editor to Advertiser. - Be pleased to announce that I am a candidate for the office of Parish Judge of this Parish, the election to take place in November. And in announcing myself respectfully solicit the suffrages of my fellow citizens. - William C. Crow.
We are authorized to announce Mr. D. A. Cochrane, as a candidate for State Representative. Election in November next.
Mr. Editor. - Please announce me Mr. J. N. Judice, as an independent Democratic Candidate for the Legislature, at the next election. Many Friends.
Mr. Editor - Please announce me as a candidate for the Legislature, for the Parish of Lafayette, subject to the decision of a Democratic convention. Very Respectfully, Jean Bernard.
We are authorized to announce Gerard Landry, present incumbent, as a candidate for Sheriff, at the election in November.
We are authorized to announce Mr. Alexander Meaux, as a Democratic candidate for the office of Sheriff of the Parish of Lafayette. Election in November next. Lafayette Advertiser 9/10/1870.
Regular Meeting. September 5th, 1870.
The Police Jury met in regular session this day. Members present: J. J. Caffery, President; and Messrs. O. Broussard, Caruthers and M. G. Broussard. Absent: Messrs. Landry, Hebert and LeBlanc.
The minutes of the last meeting were read approved.
The committee to who, was refereed the Treasurer's Annual Statement, reported that after examination, it was found correct, which report was received and adopted.
The following resolutions were unanimously adopted:
Resolved, that F. Martin, is authorized to have the jail fence repaired, and also to have a suitable table made for the Jury Room.
Resolved, that warrants are hereby ordered to be drawn on the Treasurer to complete the payment of the Court House, in favor of the estate of B. P. Paxton for $1,754.65 with five per cent interest from Nov. 5, 1868 on $1,500; and in favor of the estate of B. F. Templeton, for $1,500 with 5 per cent interest from August 15th, 1862.
Resolved, that a warrant be drawn in favor or R. Dugat for six dollars ($6), the same have been allowed Oct. 22d, 1866.
Resolved, that one hundred dollars is hereby appropriated to each of the Cadets to the Louisiana State University from this parish, to defray expenses for uniforms, &c., and that warrants issue for the same on the Treasurer.
Resolved, that hereafter, the Parish Treasurer shall pay no claim against the parish, except upon the ordinary parish warrant, signed by the President of the Police Jury and countersigned by the Clerk ; provided, the President and Clerk are hereby authorized to sign and issue parish warrants on the presentation of claims duly certified and allowed by some court or officer lawfully authorized to make such allowance.
Resolved, that the use of the Court House for giving balls, concert, shows, &c., is hereby prohibited.
Resolved, that it shall be the duty of the keeper of the Court House, to keep it closed during wet weather and of nights, to keep the Court Room, Hall and Porch clean and on order, to collect together and make a list of the chairs, benches, and other property belonging to the Court House, and file the same with the Clerk; and for each neglect or infraction of his duties, the keeper shall forfeit ten dollars, to be deducted from his salary and shall be subject to dismissal from office.
Resolved, that H. M. Bailey is hereby appointed keeper of the Court House, at a salary of one hundred dollars per annum.
The following accounts were approved and warrants authorized to be drawn for the same : Alfred Mitchel, $7.60; L. Hirsch, $5.00; D. Doucet, $2.50; T. Bernard, $14.40, $15; Augustin, $5; L. Lacoste, $2.50, E. Constantin, $5; A. J. Moss, $16.
The Police Jury adjourned.
J. J. CAFFERY, President.
A. J. MOSS, Clerk.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/10/1870.
City Council of Vermilionville.
Regular Session of Sept. 5th, 1870.
Present: W. O. Smith Mayor. Members: R. L. McBride, A. Monnier, J. H. Wise, Wm. Brandt and B. A. Salles. Absent: Messrs. Landry and Gagneux.
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, requesting that honorable body to repeal the following resolution, passed Sept. 5, 1870:
Resolved, that the use of the Court House for giving balls, concerts, shows, &c., is hereby prohibited.
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 one dollar per head said owner will be allowed to take back 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 $216.65 payable to bearer, and due on the 22d, day of January 1871, with eight per cent 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 9/10/1870.
City Council of Vermilionville.
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 Town of Washington, Parish of St. Landry, La.
Therefore be it resolved, That the resolution relating to infectious or epidemic diseases, adopted October 12th, 1854, 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 cleaned of all trash, and that lime is thrown in their privies at once, and comply with said resolution, shall be fined in the sum of Two ($2.50) dollars and Fifty cents.
On motion the Council adjourned.
W. O. SMITH, Mayor.
H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/10/1870.
Unsatisfactory Negro Labor.
From the New Orleans States.
The Indianapolis News sees that sees that political and economic conditions in several Southern States are likely to change if the present tendency in the field of labor should become general. Noting the growth of the demand for white labor in the cane and cotton fields of the South the News says:
"For instance, in Louisiana certain planters are using large numbers of Italian laborers, many of them recent importations. These laborers, the employers are saying, according to an article in Public Opinion, are giving satisfaction and are superceding negro labor. The imported European labor is more industrious and thrifty than the negro labor. The Italians, accustomed to economy, thrive on the money that the negroes would waste. Many of them buy land and eventually become landed citizens. If this tendency should continue it may become the most serious influence in the South adverse to the negro. If the negro can not compete in common labor what is to become of him? Economic conditions of the States may be improved by the importation or they may not. This will depend largely on the stability, industry and honesty of the foreigners who settle in the Southland. In many Northern communities where Poles, Hungarians and Italians have been employed in large numbers they have been found so clannish and persistent in perpetuating foreign ways that they have not been regarded as altogether useful additions to our population. Once assimilated results may be different. At any rate if the South is to have imported labor it seems that a serious question is raised which deeply concerns the negro."
It is quite true, as our Indianapolis contemporary says that the importation of labor by the South from Europe will raise a serious question, and one that will deeply concern the negro. The negro, will have no one to blame except himself if he finds that his labor is supplanted by that of the Italian or some other industrious immigrant. For years negro labor in the South has been growing more worthless and unreliable. With plenty of work to do at good wages the negroes will not employment, but on the contrary the tendency among them is to leave the country and seek the cities where they eke out a miserable existence. In the meantime the South realizes that the demand for cotton must be supplied and if the negroes will not raise and pick the crop other labor must be secured to do it. This is the condition that confronts the planters and farmers of the South and which has resulted in great encouragement being given the movement to secure labor from Europe. Lafayette Advertiser 9/28/1904.