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 From the Lafayette Advertiser of September 11th, 1908:


"Under Southern Skies" is elaborately and artistically staged this season. The stage settings are fresh, realistic and well executed, the costumes are accurate and without a suggestion of the tawdry, and the properties are in keeping. In main part the cast is composed of young people, full of life and spirit and ambition to please, especially in the roles which are most in the limelight. While different in general personal appearance from any others who have appeared here in the role, George Manning's work in the role of Major Crofton, father of the heroine, leaves little to be desired. Miss Marion Drexel, in the role of the heroine, Stella Crofton, deserves much credit for her artistic work. She is a pretty, graceful young woman of sweet voice and attractive stage presence, though at times her annunciation is faulty, due in all probability to a cold. The role of the hero, Burleigh Mayor, is creditably handled by John Flavian Ryan, a young actor full of fire and plainly a painstaking actor. At times he is slightly inclined to lend a bit too much energy to his lines, but on the whole earned frequent applause. Harry Linsen's Paul Daubeny is thoroughly good in main part, and the same is to be said of Frank E. Mortimer's portrayal of Col. Mayor. E. L. Delancy, as Steve Daubeny, the villain, is rather too vehement at times in his line reading but succeeded in earning his laurel by incurring the evident dislike of the audience. The comedy work done by Lilly Sinclair, as Anner Lizer, the picaninny; by Stella Congdon, as Aunt Doshey, created much merriment. The rest of the members of the cast filled in in satisfactory manner, all working earnestly and each contributing his and her portion to the success of the production.

 "Under Southern Skies" is on for the week and as it is one of the most popular plays that has been staged at the Crescent during recent years, a good business at that house is assured. - N. O. States.

 At the Jefferson Theater Monday, Sept. 14.

"Under the Greenwood Tree."

 Miss Florence Davis, well remembered in Charleston, having come here annually for some seasons past, has never appeared in a role more congenial that that of Mary Hamilton, in "Under the Greenwood Tree," in which she made her bow last night. Petite, vivacious and pretty, she steps into the life of an impulsive girl, whose patience is being worn out by suitors, who are mainly looking over her head at the fine house in Park Lane and the stocks and bonds in the strong boxes, accumulated by her father - now deceased. And so she decides to take a holiday in the woods. Her private secretary, a young woman with a will of her own, is taken along, and they plan to have a quiet time. But Cupid, as busy in the woodlands as ever in the town, brings the owner of the forest along, ready to oust the pretending gypsies - Mary having chosen to play the role of free-rovers. The Hon. My Hylton falls head over heels in love with the pretty gypsy and loses not time in pressing his suit. Before he has time to win and carry away the disguised heiress some genuine forest dwellers happen around and proceed to rob the camp and treat Miss Mary rather roughly. Hylton, of course, turns up in time to make a strong stand, but is wounded and has to be nursed back to life - and everything comes out all right in the morning. The secretary is happily mated to a very persistent young Englishman, who has followed the campers out for a visit.

 "Under the Greenwood Tree" was written by Harry V. Esmond and presented last season, with Maxeme Elliot in the leading role. London and New York only had the pleasure of witnessing the performance and then Miss Elliot went to something else. The party of Mary seemed especially well suited to Miss Davis and who saw her last night were charmed. It is a thoroughly sweet, pretty and graceful character and without the least affectation the author's ideal was fulfilled. Miss Davis won a half dozen curtain calls and seemed as the audience - for she had not before appeared in the role, it was most gratifying to find that the very first performance was so satisfactory. Mr. Elliot Davis, the hero of the story does not come on until the second act is nearly over, but he is very much in evidence from that time, and he measured up splendidly to the requirements of the part. Full six feet in height, handsome, graceful and with a rich speaking voice, he was a favorite at once. Miss Theodore Dudley (her real name is Kuker and she belongs to Florence) made a great success of the part of Peggy, the secretary. This is one of the most important roles and it was perfectly sustained. Mr. Van Sloan, as Sir Kenneth, is simply fine, and was responsible for a great per cent of the fun in the four acts. His dry humor, perfectly interpreting the lines given him, was delicious.

 The play is in four acts and two scenes are set, the study at Mary's city home and the caravan in the New Forest. Both are elaborate and beautiful sets, made in London and complete to the minutest detail. The forest scene is probably one of the handsomest ever set up on a Charleston stage.

 The company goes to Savannah on a special train this morning and will give two performances there to-day. At the Jefferson Theater Sept. 21.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/11/1908.

From the Lafayette Gazette of September 11th, 1897:


 The schools of this town and parish, private and public, opened their doors Monday morning to our boys and girls. It is not an uncommon thing to see a bevy of young misses making their way to the different schools of the town. Sometimes it is a crowd of boisterous boys directing their footsteps to the school-room. There is certainly no excuse why every child of educable age in this town should not be attending school. The public school is under the direction of an efficient principal, assisted by a corps of competent teachers, while the private schools of the town are thorough and efficient and worthy of the support of an intelligent public.

 The Lafayette High School and the Primary school opened Monday with Prof. C. F. Trudeau as principal, and Prof. R. E. Cunningham, Mrs. L. M. Delaney, and Misses Lizzie Mudd and M. Bagnal as assistants. The enrollment in this school is one hundred and fifty, with prospects of a large increase.

 The Lafayette Home Institute opened with a large attendance, over sixty pupils having enrolled at this school, which promises to become a factor in the educational advancement of this section. Prof. R. C. Greig and his assistant, Miss F. S. Greig, are both favorably known in this parish as teachers of experience and eminent fitness, The Gazette bespeaks for them a successful term.

 The Mount Carmel school for boys and girls has begun the session under most auspicious circumstances. It receives its support not only from this parish, but the people of the State have learned to appreciate its worth, and they are sending their children to be educated.
Reports from the country schools are most encouraging.
Lafayette Gazette 9/11/1897.


Council Appoints a Board of Health to Protect the Town.

 The latest official reports from New Orleans are to the effect that the health authorities have announced the existence of twelve suspicious cases of yellow fever in that city. However every precaution is being taken and it is believed that it will be possible to prevent the dread disease from becoming epidemic.

 At any rate The Gazette believes there is yet no cause for alarm. We are of the opinion that the New Orleans Board of Health can be depended upon to tell the truth about the condition of affairs in that city, and will keep the people of the whole country correctly informed. Let's not give credence to ridiculous rumors, but wait for official reports before getting unnecessarily scared.

 The city council of Lafayette held a meeting to consider the advisability of taking precautionary measures.

 It was decided by the council that the time had not yet arrived for a quarantine, but the mayor was authorized to appoint a temporary Board of Health, whose duty it will be to correspond with the State Board and to take other precautionary steps as it may think proper. The mayor appointed the following physicians: Drs. J. D. Trahan, P. M. Girard. F. R. Tolson and F. S. Mudd. It was agreed that Drs. T. B. Hopkins and G. A. Martin and J. J. Davidson, members of the town's sanitary committee, would be ex-officio members of the Board of Health.

 The police officers were instructed to insist upon a rigid enforcement of the sanitary ordinances of the town. Lafayette Gazette 9/11/1897.

Report of the Grand Jury.

 To the Hon. C. Debaillon, judge of the Seventeenth Judicial District, Lafayette Parish, La.:

 We, the grand jurors, regularly impaneled, desire to make our final report to your honor.

 We have examined all the cases brought before us through the justice courts, the district attorney and citizens, and after making a thorough i investigation, we have made due report of our finding. We have examined into 35 charges, finding 18 true bills and 17 "no true bills."

 We have visited the sheriff's office where we found everything in proper condition. We have examined the "jail book" and have found that the number of prisoners recorded there correspond with the number of prisoners incorporated.

 We have visited the parish jail. We found that institution in good condition, cleanly and properly kept, and the prisoners well fed and humanely treated. We would suggest to the police jury the advisability of building a fence around the jail.

 We have found the books and other documents in the clerk's office in very good condition.

 The books of the parish treasurer were examined. We found them in splendid condition, the public finances being all satisfactorily accounted for.

 From all accounts the public schools of the parish continue to show marked advancement. All the schools, with the exception of what are known as the "summer schools," are opened, are well attended, and give every evidence of a successful term.

 The condition of the public roads has been improved, but we would like to impress upon road overseers the importance of good roads throughout the parish, as there is yet room for improvement.

 Before concluding, we desire to thank the judge, the district attorney, the sheriff and other court officials for valuable assistance. To the district attorney our thanks are especially due.

 Having performed our duties to the best of our ability, we respectfully ask to be discharged.
   Foreman of the Grand Jury.
Lafayette Gazette 9/11/1897.

A Drawing Party.

 Mrs. N. P. Moss entertained at a drawing party Thursday evening. A guessing contest took place, resulting in the prizes awarded to Mrs. Baxter Clegg and to Mr. Felix Mouton. The booby prize was won by Mr. Crow Girard. Among those present were: Mmes. Crow Girard, S. R. Parkerson, W. J. Mouton, T. M. Biossat, L. J. Serrett, Baxter Clegg, Mouton, Mills and F. Cornay; Misses Bessie and Leila Cornay, Clye and Lizzie Mudd, Susie and Eliza Hopkins, Florence Chase, Adele Young, Heloise Olivier, Marye Littell, Lizzie Parkerson; Messrs. C. Girard, S. R. Parkerson, Walter Mouton, T. M. Biossat, L. J. Serrett, Baxter Clegg, C. M. Parkerson, Orin Hopkins, Archie Morgan, John Givens, P. B. Torian, Sterling Mudd, Felix Mouton, Drs. F. E. Girard and A. R. Trahan. Lafayette Gazette 9/11/1897.

 A Burglar.

 A burglar entered E. Bodenheimer's premises last Saturday and came within an inch of going away with some lead from the latter's revolver. Mr. Bodenheimer says he believes he lodged a bullet under the burglar's cuticle, although there were no marks of blood to be found anywhere. Lafayette Gazette 9/11/1897.


Lake Charles and Lafayette have gathered up an aggregation of hobo base ball players and are "raising sand" about their ability to capture the championship. Washington and Opelousas clubs almost precipitated a riot the other day at a base ball game. When it comes to a bonafide home team Jennings and Abbeville can fairly and squarely outplay any of them. That's no joke !

 The foregoing item appeared in the Abbeville Meridional and was reproduced by a few papers whose editors were evidently short of copy. We will state for the benefit of the Meridional man that this town has never been reduced to the painful necessity of securing the services of hoboes to play base ball. The players who came from Algiers and Lake Charles to help us wipe the earth with the Washington nine were gentlemen who can stand the test of even the discriminating genius who writes the base ball news for the Meridional. We can very well appreciate the fact that our friend does not know a genuine hobo when he meets one. Abbeville being an out-of-the-way place the real hobo does not "throw is feet out" in that direction, and consequently the sporting editor of the Meridional is not in a position to write intelligently on this subject. Lafayette Gazette 9/11/1897.

The Gazette on Foster.

 The Gazette wishes to inform its esteemed contemporary, the St. Martinville Messenger, that it will continue to make it a pleasant duty to defend a Democratic administration against the vicious attacks of a malevolent gang of political freebooters headed by a notorious scoundrel and a slanderous newspaper. The Gazette does not worship Murphy J. Foster or any other man, but it believes it to be its solemn duty as a public journal to expose the hypocrisy of a set of men who are prating of virtue and honesty when it is a well-known fact that they have grown grey in the service of the devil.

 The Messenger and its friends delight in abusing Gov. Foster and every other Democratic leader in Louisiana for alleged offenses, but when a Republican president sees fit to appoint a corrupt and lousy nigger to the highest Federal office in the State, the silence of the Messenger and its friends is superbly eloquent. But they can tell us they are actuated by a sense of patriotism which they feign to have monopolized. They tell us they are for an honest ballot and good government; for clean officials and incorruptible men; for white-supremacy and against dickers.

 But they have not a word to say condemning the appointment of an infamous negro politician by a Republican president. They shut their eyes to the outrage committed on the white people of Louisiana by President McKinley. They are too busy writing editorials eulogizing Dominik O'Malley and dealing invectives against the chief executive of this State. Lafayette Gazette 9/11/1897.  







Hold an Important Meeting and Transact Much Business.

 Lafayette, La., Sept. 6, 1897. - The city council met this evening in regular session, with the following members present: Mayor Caffery, Councilmen Bru, Hopkins, Martin, Mouton and Hahn. Absent: Landry and Davidson.

 The minutes were read and adopted as read.

 Mr. Ferguson then addressed the council on the placing of wires and water pipes into private and business houses. Mr. Ferguson then laid before the council the probable cost of same, based on statistics from other cities which have plants in operation.

 At the conclusion of Mr. Ferguson's talk, Mr Zell, the city engineer, appeared and expressed his views on the communication of the Consolidated Engineering Co., in regard to the foundation of the stand pipe, and forcibly defended his original plans. He also gave the council information as to the progress of the work of placing the main pipes.

 At the conclusion of Mr. Zell's talk, it being such a late hour, it was moved and seconded that the council adjourn till Tuesday morning. Carried.

 Pursuant to the adjournment, the council met Tuesday morning, and there being no quorum, adjourned until evening.

 The council met Tuesday evening with the following members present: Mayor Caffery, Councilmen Bru, Hahn, Martin and Mouton. Absent: Davidson, Hopkins and Landry.

 Reports of officers was called.
 Collector McFaddin reported as follows:

 Regular taxes ... $26.87 1/2
 Special taxes .. $26.87 1/2
 Notices ... $13.20
 Licenses $50.00.

 Total amount collected ... $105.95.

 Report of Baxter Clegg, Treasurer:

 To the Honorable Mayor and Council of the Town of Lafayette:

 Aug. 2. - To cash on hand as per report ... $65.59 1/2


 The following accounts were rejected:

 Dr. A. R. Trahan, inquest on body of Albert Bellony, $10; Andre J. Martin, Erwin Mouton, Arthur Martin and Preston Benton, as coroner's jurors at the inquest of Albert Bellony, $2 each.

 The account of A. Ammuny was laid over.

 The applications of Ambroise Mouton, for solicitor of water works, and C. Lusted, Sr., for chief engineer of the water works and electric light plants, and of Phil Hoeled, as superintendent of water works and electric light plants were ordered filed for reference.

 The petition of H. J. Church and J. T. Allingham of the Lafayette Hook and Ladder Co., was referred to the street committee.

 The communication from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, relative to some waifs in Lafayette, was laid over.

 Dr. Martin made the following resolution:

 Resolved, That the thirty dollars that was to have been paid to a third deputy marshal be divided equally among the marshal and other deputies.

 The vote being a tie, the mayor voted no, and the resolution was lost.

 It was moved by Mr. Mouton and seconded by Mr. Bru that the mayor appoint a committee of two, one to visit Alexandria and the other to visit Thibodaux, to ascertain the cost of tapping the pipes, and the amount charged for furnishing water and lights for private dwellings and business houses. Adopted.

 The bids for repairing and building plank walks and bridges were presented to the council. There were two bids, L. M. Creighton and Emile Barras. Mr. Creighton being the lowest bidder, fourteen dollars a month, was awarded the contract.

 There being no further business, the council adjourned.

 STERLING MUDD, Secretary.
 Lafayette Gazette 9/11/1897.

Police Jury Proceedings.

Lafayette, La., Sept. 2, 1897. - The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present:

 R. C. Landry, C. C. Brown, Ben Avant, M. Billeaud, Jr., John Whittington, Jr., John Primeaux, Alonzo Lacey and Alfred Hebert.

 The minutes of the previous meeting read and approved.

 The committee appointed to report on the acceptance of the Darmas Broussard bridge submitted the following report, which was adopted:

 LAFAYETTE, LA., Sept. 2, 1897. - To the Hon. Police Jury: We, the undersigned, appointed to report on the acceptance of the Darmas Broussard, bridge would respectfully recommend that said bridge be accepted together with the right of way on each side of Bayou Vermilion.

 Mr. Lacey reported the acceptance of a sale of land for public road from Alex Boudreaux at a cost of $5.45 approved.

 The claim of A. Baldwin & Co., for outfit furnished Inspector of Weights Estilette was laid on the table.

 By motion the sum of $200 was appropriated to each of the respective wards for a drainage fund.

 The sum of $15 was allowed Dr. F. E. Girard, for an ox, killed while in the service of the parish.

 The sum of $12.50 granted unto Lucien Judice, indigent.

 Assesor A. M. Martin submitted a list of license tax payers for the parish.

 The assessor also tendered the tax rolls for the year 1897 and the same appearing satisfactory, was accepted by the jury.

 Valuation of parish property ... $1,825,272.
 Corporation of Lafayette ... $523.455.

 Total taxable property ... $2,348.827.

 By motion the rate of taxation was fixed at 10 mills on the dollar,  distributed according to the estimates of the budget for 1897 as follows: Officers' funds, one mill; criminal fund, three and one-half mills; road funds, two and one-fourth mills; school funds, two and one-forth mills; contingent fund, one mill.

 The salary of Justice A. D. Verrot was fixed at $40 per annum.

 Sheriff Broussard was allowed $4.30 for fare paid to transport sick man to hospital.

 The following accounts were approved:
 There being no further business the Police Jury adjourned.
R. C. LANDRY, President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 9/11/1897.

Report of the Grand Jury.

 To the Hon. C. Debaillon, Justice of the Seventeenth Judicial District, Lafayette, parish, La.;

 We the grand jurors, regularly impaneled, desire to make our final report to your honor.

 We have examined all the cases brought before us through the justice of the courts, the district attorney and citizens, and after making a thorough investigation, we have made due report of our findings. We have examined into 35 charges, finding 18 true bills and 17 "no true bills."

 We have visited the sheriff's office where we found everything in proper condition. We have examined the "jail book" and have found that the number of prisoners recorded there correspond with the number of prisoners incarcerated.

 We have visited the parish jail. We found that institution in good condition, cleanly and properly kept, and the prisoners well fed and humanely treated. We would suggest to the police jury the advisability of building a fence around the jail.

 We have found the books and other documents in the clerk's office in very good condition.

 The books of the parish treasurer were examined. We found them in splendid condition, the public finances being all satisfactorily accounted for.

 From all accounts the public schools of the parish continue to show marked advancement. All the schools, with the exception of what are knows as the "summer schools," are opened, are well attended, and give every evidence of a successful term.

 The condition of the public roads has been improved, but we would like to impress upon road overseers the importance of good roads throughout the parish, as there is yet room for improvement.

 Before concluding, we desire to thank the judge, the district attorney, the sheriff and other court officials for valuable assistance. To the district attorney our thanks are especially due.

 Having performed our duties to the best of our ability, we respectfully ask to be discharged.
          HENRY FOURNET, Foreman of the Grand Jury.
Lafayette Gazette 9/11/1897.

 Selected News Notes (Gazette) 9/11/1897.

 Simeon Begnaud left Monday for a vacation on the Gulf.

 The managers of the Scott fair have secured one of the finest steam flying horses in the country for Oct. 9 and 10.

 Bicycle riders from Lafayette are invited to the Scott Fair Oct 9 and 10, since the overland roads are in good condition. Klondike avenue has been graded and put in fine condition for the races.

 Dudley Mudd leaves next week for the Southern Military Institute at Clinton, La. 

 Miss Florence Chase, of Clinton, La., is the guest of the Misses Mudd.

 Misses Marie Mouton, Cecilia Guidry and Philomene Mouton left this week to enter the Sacred Heart Convent at Grand Coteau.

 Dr. L. P. Caillouet, of Lafourche parish, arrived in Lafayette yesterday afternoon. Dr. Caillouet will open a dental office here.

 Andrew McBride, Kossuth and Luke Olivier, Ovey Herpin and Frank Broussard will leave Monday to enter the State University at Baton Rouge.

 Prof. A. Foster, the celebrated Bohemian glass blower of Chicago World's Fair fame, will be at the Great Scott Fair and World's Exposition, Scott, La., Oct. 9 and 10.

 Ed Voorhies and other gentlemen request The Gazette to state that a meeting will be held at Falk's, Sunday, at 2:30 o'clock, for the purpose of organizing a string band.

 Baptiste Domingue, the young negro who is charged with the killing of another negro at Beaumont, has been bailed in the sum of $500. Domingue is now at his father's home, near this town. 

 Galbert Comeau has purchased the saloon of Simeon Begnaud at Scott. We understand that Mr. Begnaud will temporarily retire from business.

 The People's Cotton Oil Mill is in operation since Wednesday. From all indications this mill will have a very busy season.

 Labor on the water works plant is being pushed forward. Mr. Zell, the town's engineer, was here looking at the work. Mr. Zell is represented here by Mr. Armstrong. Lafayette Gazette 9/11/1897.



 From the Lafayette Advertiser of September 11th, 1869:

Radical Rule in St. Mary.

The Judge of our District Court, the district attorney, parish judge, sheriff, and members of the Legislature of St. Mary, are all radicals, and never have we seen criminal law so utterly disregarded in the parish as at the time we write. There is one young negro running at large who killed an old negro at M(unreadable)s. Potter's by beating his brains out with a hoe with the slightest imaginable provocation. The same negro lately stabbed a hand that was chopping wood above this place. The wound is thought to be dangerous.

Another negro is running at large who stabbed his mother in law to the heart on the Palo Alto plantation.

Another is at large who killed a negro in the lower part of the parish.

Another who killed Jim Williams at McGarret's plantation, last Thursday morning, shooting him dead as he was standing working at his vice in the blacksmith shop.

There are other negro murderers at large and the Radical officers pay no attention to them. Mentz, we believe, never attempts to arrest and body, black or white.

One year of Radical rule in St. Mary has produced more lawlessness among the black population than ever existed among them before. They shoot and kill each other for the most trifling insults and provocations. And when one negro kills another, not only do the civil authorities pay little or no attention to it, but the Radical editors shut their eyes to the fact and help smother it up. Radicalism in St. Mary is crime, outrage and lawlessness. It studies to produce crime for political purposes, and when the object is attained the Radical officers take no pains to the bring the criminals to justice. They do not even attempt to punish the crimes of "the rebels," as they love to call the white people, being satisfied with the fruits of these crimes, and also satisfied that they are generally the fruits of a Radical conspiracy.

Do the better portion of the black people like this kind of rule? Do they think their lives under such rulers are safe? When they protect murderers and encourage crime, do they favor any bit but the worst of the black people? They protect the bad, and add to the insecurity of the good among the colored population, If this lawlessness is not checked up by a better administration of justice, murders among negroes will soon be of weekly and almost daily occurrence. - Planters' Banner.

Heavy Rain.
The heavy rains of last week have been followed by cold north winds, not beneficial perhaps to the health of the country, but certainly to the cotton crops. The caterpillars mentioned in our last number have disappeared and the only element to contend with now is the weather, good or bad, that is the question.

Quiet Time?

 Some pretend that the town enjoyed the most unusual peace and quiet this week. The Parish Judge and all the attorneys, had gone to Opelousas to attend the Supreme Court ;  but it seems that times were a little rough there. Lafayette Advertiser 9/11/1869.


 PRAIRIE DELK, Sept. 3, 1869.

 Mr. Editor. It must be a matter of surprise to every thinking man, to see how little public spirit, is manifested by the people of the Attakapas country.

 It has been truly said that no people ever stand still, they either go backward or forward. How is it with the people of this (unreadable word) of out State ?  Let the people of each parish answer for themselves, and say what advances have been made within the last ten years to justify the belief that we are progressing in all that male a people great and powerful?

 It is not t be denied that the war has had its effect ;  but how long shall we let this lethargy continue ?  When shall we awake from our Rip Van Winkle sleep, and set about the duties which we owe to ourselves and our posterity ?

 By what means shall we suggest theses duties to our countrymen ?  Shall we have a public meeting and let our leading citizens lay before them the necessity of immediate action ?  Our people have long since become tired of such meeting no matter what their object may be and we believe nothing short of a grand display of fire works or the inflation of a balloon, to  be given gratis, would secure a respectable hearing.

 Shall it be through the press ?  Do they support the parish paper ?  Be it said to the credit of Northern people, that they subscribe to and support the country paper before any other. Is this the case with us, or does it not more frequently happen that our parish papers are left, almost entirely neglected ?

 Newspapers are said to be the pioneers of civilization, and we believe it to be a religious duty of every family to subscribe to the parish or some State newspaper ;  those who neglect to do this, neglect to educate their children - the first duty of the parent to the offspring.

 The first question we would ask our countrymen, could our voice be heard would be, are they willing to subscribe to and maintain Southern Manufactories, and, if so, to what extent?  We feel confident that we can raise the means to start a manufactory or almost any reasonable magnitude, provided the shares were put low enough, so that any poor man by selling a few cattle (if he have not the cotton,) sheep or calves, could purchase a share.

 By subscribing one tenth of the money which we receive for the articles that we export, we could secure enough to start a cotton factory on a large scale. But if we fail in securing enough to start a cotton manufactory, there are others, which, although they may appear insignificant are fully as remunerative and is is as worthy of our support as those of the first magnitude.

 If we fail to raise the amount in this parish, let us appeal to our sister parishes, and if they will not assist us, let us assist them. Providence helps those who help themselves.
              (Signed) G. O. A. HEAD.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/11/1869..

 Police Jury Proceedings.

 Regular Meeting, Sept. 6th, 1869.

 Members present :  Messrs. Cormier, Arceneaux, Caffery, Broussard and LeBlanc.  Absent :  Messrs. Landry and Hebert.

 The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.

 The report of the committee to whom was referred the Treasurer's Annual Report, was read and adopted.

 The report of the committee appointed to receive the Treasurer's bond, was received and adopted.

 A communication from Col. D. Dennett was read and action upon the same deferred, and the Clerk instructed to reply to Col. Dennett and assign the reason of the Jury therefore.

 The following resolutions were adopted: Resolved, That Ernest Constantin, Parish Collector for the years 1863, '66 and '67 is hereby allowed thirty days from this day, to complete the collection of said taxes and to make a final settlement with Messrs. J. J. Caffery, M. G. Broussard and R. C. Landry, committee hereby appointed for that purpose.

 On motion, a certified copy of the above resolution is ordered to be served on the Collector, by the Constable.

 Resolved, That one hundred dollars be appropriated, payable to M. F. Girard, Esq., to assist in purchasing an Iron Safe for the use of the Parish.

 Resolved, That any person hauling and depositing a dead animal, or causing the same be done, on a Public Road, shall be fined twenty-five dollars, recoverable before any Court of competent jurisdiction.

 The following accounts were approved and warrants ordered to be drawn for the same on the Treasurer ;  Edouard Comeau, $4.20; R. L. McBride, $42; Ford Hoffpauir, $2.75; Peter Stutes, $4; Juste Bertinot, $13.80; P. E. Broussard, $137.50; A. Monnier, $11.75; R. LeBlanc, $14; P. S. Arceneux, $81.60; Pierre Cormier, $21; D. A. Cochrane, $79.40; L. E. Salles, $116; Gilbert Elmer $(unreadable).

 On motion, the Police Jury adjourned.
P. S. ARCENEAUX, President.
A. J. MOSS, Clerk.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/11/1869.     

Back in the old days, besides advertisements, notices, and news items, our local paper featured numerous short stories, jokes, anecdotes and even poetry. As evidenced in this prose about the end of summer. From the Lafayette Advertiser, September 11, 1869.


From the hazy skies of the Northland,
Proud, breezy September has stepped,
And up through the meadow and vineland,
And over the meadow and pineland,
The Goddess already has crept.

You trace wherever you wander,
In valley, or dingle or wood.
The oak, her red colors are flying,
While Summer's gay banner is lying'
Where the queenly newcomers stood.

Where she stood as she deftly painted,
The wild grape a purplish blue ;
And limned the reflection of blushes,
In the streamlet that dashes and rushes,
Where once meek eyed violets grew.

Where the wheat fields rolled their round
Of softest and tenderest green,
She shook the bright gold off her tresses,
And touched by her gentle caresses,
They put on a lovelier sheen.

The sunset is softer and brighter
Than when the hot summer was here;
The winds tell a prettier story ;
And I think there's an odd, but new glory,
By the roadside meadow and mere.
B. T. C.

 From the Morning of September 11th, 2001:

Stocks Hold Steady in Uneventful Session.

From the Associated Press.

 NEW YORK - Wall Street found some stability Monday, leaving stocks barely changed in an uninspired session following last week's big sell off that sent the major indexes to some of their lowest levels of the year.

Analysts cautioned against reading too much into the session, however, noting that the market's troubles aren't over. They said investors were merely biding their time until they get more news about where business - or the economy - is headed. 9/11/2001.

Israel Ready for High-Level Talks with Palestinians.
From the Associated Press.

JERUSALEM - Israel and the Palestinians said they were willing to hold high-level talks today, despite a series of deadly weekend attacks by Arab militants, but remained at odds over where the meetings should take place.

In renewed violence Tuesday, two Israeli's were killed in a Palestinian shooting attack near the West Bank town of Tulkarem, army radio reported. Police said there was an exchange of fire near the line between Israel and the West Bank and there were casualties.

Even if Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat settle the disagreement over the venue - Egypt or the Erez crossing near the Gaza Strip - there is little expectation of a cease-fire. 9/11/2001


Today is Tuesday, Sept. 11, the 254th day of 2001. There are 111 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On September 11, 1789,
Alexander Hamilton was appointed the first U. S. Secretary of the Treasury.

In 1814, an American fleet scored a decisive victory over the British in the Battle of Lake Champlain in the War of 1812.

In 1936, President Roosevelt dedicated Boulder Dam (now Hoover Dam) by pressing a key in Washington to signal the startup of the dam's first hydroelectric generator in Nevada.

In 1941, Charles A. Lindbergh sparked charges of anti-Semitism with a speech in which he said "the British, the Jewish and the Roosevelt administration" were trying to draw the United States into World War II.

In 1944, President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill met in Canada at the second Quebec Conference.

In 1954, the Miss America pageant made its network TV debut on ABC; Miss California, Lee Ann Meriwether, was crowned the winner.

In 1971, former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev died at age 77.

In 1972, the troubled Munich Summer Olympics ended.

In 1973, Chilean President Salvador Allende died in a violent military coup.

In 2001, ...

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