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From the Lafayette Gazette of September 12th, 1903:

Year #3 For Industrial Institute.

 Opens on Wednesday, 16th. Indications Point to a Large Attendance - Formal Opening Exercises Monday the 21st.

 As announced in theses columns last week, the Industrial Institute will open its doors for its third annual session on next Wednesday morning, the 16th, when students will be received for examination and classification. The formal opening exercises of the session will take place Monday morning, 21st inst., at 9 o'clock. Every indication points to a large attendance, and in the prospects for the approaching session are the best in history of the institution.

 President and Mrs. E. L. Stephens returned from North Carolina on last Wednesday, and everything at the Institute is being put in readiness for the opening.

 Professor Lillibridge, whose summer vacation was spent in Rhode Island, came back last Sunday to resume his duties, and can now be found daily in his office at the Institute.

 Mrs. E. F. Baker, matron of the girls' dormitory, also returned yesterday. A larger number of young ladies are expected to take advantage this year of the splendid comforts and home influences of the dormitory.

 The enrollment at the Institute this session should show an increase over the previous term. The number in attendance last year was 25 per cent more than the first session. If this substantial increase can be maintained, the roll next year will be well above 225; and in three years more will pass the 500 mark. It may seem to be portraying too bright a prospect to speak of such large enrollments, but we think that a consideration of school conditions in our parish and those of South Louisiana justify the hope expressed above. The improvement in our public schools, whence the pupils of the Institute are mostly drawn, has been very marked during the past two or three years. This amelioration in school conditions is beginning to manifest itself in better and more highly trained pupils. And these constitute the material upon which the growth of the Institute is predicated. As the years go by the public schools continued to improve in a sort of geometrical progression, preparing more students for the Industrial Institute, and preparing them better. 

 That the Institute is built upon the best foundation and that it rests upon principles that are the soundest in the educational world, no one can deny. As a State institution, it is free to the white youths - boys and girls - of every quarter of Louisiana. As a manual training or industrial institution it seeks to give to its students that training that will prove to be the best, mentally and manually, for industrial avocations. 

 But the enumeration of the many elements which go to give substance to the bright hopes that we all feel for the Institute, would lead us beyond our bounds for the present; we simply trust to the realization of our brightest anticipations.

 Miss Mabel Wharton Leftwich will replace Prof. Smith as teacher of Latin and Mathematics. Miss Leftwich is a graduate of Mary Baldwin Seminary, of Staunton, Va., and will be here to take charge of her work in the course of a day or so.
Lafayette Gazette 9/12/1903.    


 According to the Fort Worth Mail-Telegram, evidence of a gigantic conspiracy by the Standard Oil Company to throttle the oil wells of the Beaumont independent companies has just come to light. Although this criminality has long since been suspected by every one who is not too blind to see and to dull to feel that something was going wrong, yet there have been no proofs heretofore on which to base a positive assertion. The Mail-Telegram, however, gives the following startling story of a big swindle that has been perpetrated by the oil trust :

"The independent oil companies of Beaumont are the victims, many of which have been wrecked by the Standard's keen work. Recently some of the leading men of the wrecked or injured companies determined to investigate, and in two days' time they raised $27,000 in money which to push the work. The developments, it is alleged, are astounding. It is claimed that the numerous oil wells that were apparently ruined by salt water were put in their bad condition by the Standard Oil Company.

 "As fast as a company went to its property was bought in by the trust. By accident, it is asserted, the desperate work of the Standard company was discovered recently. The Standard Oil Company long ago built a pipe line from Beaumont to the Gulf of Mexico. A pumping station was erected at Beaumont and another at the Gulf. Oil was pumped through the pipe line to the Gulf thence shipped to various parts of the world. Suddenly many wells of the independent companies had salt water in them.

 "The ruin of the owners is part of the history of the field. One day not long ago one of the pumping stations got out of working order and pumping to the Gulf had to be suspended to be suspended while repairs were being made.

 "Suddenly wells that have had been giving out fully one-half salt water began flowing nothing but oil.

 "This put the investigation on foot. The investigators, secretly, at night, plugged up the pipe line at the Beaumont end. They then drove several miles into the country, dug into the ground over the pipe line, and salt-water gushed into the air nearly 100 feet. It is asserted that the pressure was from the Gulf pumping station and that salt water was being pumped to Beaumont and into the wells that the Standard Company's conspirators desired to wreck ;  that there was no pressure from the Beaumont end because of the plugging up of the pipe. The informant of the Mail-Telegram says that a force of detectives is at work, and arrests will follow in connection with the conspiracy."

 There is reason to believe that the above is not only founded on fact, but that the operations of emissaries of the Standard Oil Company are not confined to Beaumont alone. The ridiculous fiasco of about three years' drilling at Anse la Butte without tangible results, when everybody knows oil is there in abundance, creates a strong suspicion in the minds of many that the oil trust is not only omnipotent, but omnipresent, in the shape of some spy ;  and the people of this town and parish and portion of Louisiana must suffer in consequence.

 We deem it a public calamity that the oil fields of Anse la Butte have not been properly developed. That some one is responsible for this is self-evident. The States of the 7th instant has this to say in reference to the Beaumont swindle:

 "There is much reason to be that there is considerable foundation in fact for the story, because the discovery of the Beaumont field, and subsequent discoveries in Louisiana threaten in time to destroy the monopoly of the oil trust, and hence that concern will hesitate at nothing to gain absolute control of these fields by wrecking independent companies and ruining financially the men who organized them.

 "The fact was demonstrated a long time ago that Standard Oil Company has flooded the oil district with its secret agents, and if the truth were known these men have wrecked hundreds of wells which they were employed by independent parties to drill. This would be quite an easy matter, as they come into the field claiming to be expert drillers for oil and pretending to be anxious to secure contracts to bring in the wells. In many instances they express a willingness to accept in payment for their work a certain interest in the well when it comes in, but it is a notorious fact that in hundreds of cases when the well begins to flow oil and there is every reason to believe it to spout, some accident suddenly occurs of an extremely serious nature. A section of pipe breaks and cannot be removed ;  the drill gets out of order or the well chokes, and, after some weeks of apparently earnest effort to remove the cause of the trouble the expert driller announces the task is hopeless and then the well is abandoned or sold for a song to some person acting for the Standard Oil Company, after which transaction there does not seem to be any great difficulty encountered in removing the trouble and bringing in the well as a fine spouter."

 Had the oil fields of Lafayette and St. Martin parishes been properly developed from the outset - had the criminality of these unseen and insidious forces been thwarted long ago, the commercial and other advantages accruing to this already naturally fertile and prosperous country would have been incalculable. As it is, we still stand by inactive, and fondly dream of seeing the oil of Anse la Butte come roaring down the streets of Breaux Bridge and Lafayette some day without even an effort on our part to make it come out of the wells. Lafayette Gazette 9/12/1903.

New Goods. - Mrs. C. Jeanmard wishes to announce to her patrons that she is back from St. Louis with a new and fresh line of Fall and Winter Millinery, such as hats, both ladies and Misses, dress goods, ribbons, laces and etc. Call and see them.  Laf. Gazette 9/12/1903.

New Residences.

 Mayor T. J. Breaux, of Carencro, is building a nice house near the Industrial Institute for the purpose, we are informed, of renting same to some desirable party who will conduct a boarding house there.

 J. A. Van Dyke has secured the contract to build a fine cottage opposite Dr. Mudd's residence, for J. I. Hulse, train dispatcher.
Lafayette Gazette 9/12/1903.

Band Concerts. - The concerts on Friday nights at Parkerson's Grove, under the able leadership of Prof. Sontag, continue to attract large and appreciative audiences. These concerts will be kept up as long as the weather permits. A special feature of last Friday night was the beautiful cornet solo, by Mr. Scott Heywood, whose talent is recognized and appreciated by all who attend. A fine program has been arranged for next Friday night. Lafayette Gazette 9/12/1903.

Benefit Sunday Night. - Mr. Edwin Saunders and daughter, Marie, who in past seasons have delighted the theatre goers of Lafayette in such plays as Faust, Monte Cristo, etc., are in the city. Mrs. Southers, so well remembered by her artistic rendering of Martha in Faust, was seriously injured in a railroad wreck near Quitman, Ga. This, with other reverses, has placed Mr. Southers in an embarrassing position financially. A complimentary benefit will be tendered him at Falk's Opera House, Sunday night, Sept. 13. All should attend.
Lafayette Gazette 9/12/1903.

Millinery Store. - The Misses Ida and Estelle Mouton, who went to St. Louis some time since to purchase a stock of Fall and Winter Millinery, have opened for business in a neat little building opposite the Blue Store, where a full line of ladies and misses hats and bonnets, ribbons and lace may be had. These enterprising young ladies deserve a great deal of credit for establishing this new business in Lafayette, and will doubtless receive their full share of the trade in millinery. Lafayette Gazette 9/12/1903.

Stephens Back in Lafayette. - Dr. and Mrs. E. L. Stephens returned to Lafayette on Wednesday, after spending several months in the mountains of North Carolina.
Laf. Gazette 9/12/1903.

 Special Rail Road Rates. - M. L. & T. R. R. and L. W. R. R. will sell tickers September 13, 14 and 15 to Washington, limited to October 1st, 1902, returning at rate of one fare plus twenty-five (25) cents for the round trip. F. S. Decker, Asst't Gen. Pass. and Tkt Agt. and Tkt. Agt. W. H. Masters, Traffic Manager.  Lafayette Gazette 9/12/1903.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of September 12th, 1896:


 Mr. Editor: - Thinking it might be of interest to your readers I thought I would tell of the new way of collecting old debts some of our local merchants are about to introduce in Lafayette. The scheme is a novel and unique, and is said to produce highly satisfactory results. It is conducted through a regular agency organized for the purpose. At an unexpected time there appears in the town a number of men dressed in bright green coats, who get the particulars of old debts and  debtors from the merchants who become members of the association, and these men in the bright green coats proceed to call on the victims in a genteel way. The contract provides the horribly conspicuous collectors shall make fifteen calls a day in each creditor, meeting them anywhere and everywhere, and it appears that the debtors are glad to make a prompt settlement rather than have the whole neighborhood see them haunted by the green-coated spectre.
                   Your friend,
                        JOE D. ---
Lafayette Advertiser 9/12/1896.

Police Jury Proceedings.
 Lafayette, La., Sept. 3, 1896.

 The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: R. C. Landry, C. C. Brown, B. Avant, Martial Billeaud, Jr., A. Lacy, John Whittington, Jr., J. E. Primeaux and Alfred Hebert.

 The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

 The sum of $50.00 was appropriated to enlarge the Broussardville public school 5th ward, and said amount or as much thereof as is necessary to be expended under the supervision of the member M. Billeaud, Jr.

 Mr. A. Hebert reported contract for the repair of Mouton's Bridge to Horace Mouton for $38.00 being lowest bidder.

 Mrs. Theogene Guidry, indigent 3rd ward was allowed $12.50 pension.

 By motion of Mr. Billeaud the sum of $90.00 was fixed as salary of constable of 5th ward.

 By motion of Mr. Lacy the following Jury of Freeholders was appointed to trace and lay out according to law a public road forty feet wide from Theophile Sonnier's land to the North East of Alfred Peck's land; Bazille Sonnier, Eugene LeBlanc, J. J. Arceneaux, John Billeaud, Arthur Billeaud, and Rufus Peck. Said Jury shall assess all damages to proprietors and trace said road to the best advantage of the public.

 Assessor N. Reaux, submitted the following statement: To the Hon. President and members of the Police Jury of Lafayette Parish. This is to certify that the valuation of the properties for the year 1896 are:

 Parish of Lafayette ... $1,617,559.00
 Corporation of Lafayette ... $453,835.00

 Total ... $2,071,394.00
 N. REAUX, Assessor Lafayette Parish.

 Statements of stock sold were submitted by Alex. Chiasson and Andrew Cummings and same laid over.

 The treasurer submitted the following report:

 To the President and members of the Police Jury of the Parish of Lafayette La.,
   The following is a statement of receipts and disbursements since I am in office.

 July 16, am't. rec'd. of Wm. Clegg Ex-Treasurer ... $357.59
 July 27, to amt. reed. A. Cummings Constable ... $10.25
 Aug. 10, to amt. recd. Tax Coll.
 Taxes coll'd. in July ... $308.87
 Licenses ... $230.00
     Total recpts. ... $906.71.

 July, By amt. Jurors and witness certificates ... $59.30
 By amt. appd. orders Dist. Judge ... $10.00
 Aug 10, Commercial Tax Coll. on Taxes ... $15.44
 Commercial Tax Coll. on Licenses ... $11.50
 By appd. order by Dist. Judge ... $20.00
 By amt. appd. order $230.55
  Total amt. ... $639.76
By balance on hand $266.95
 J. E. MARTIN, Treas. -  Sept. 3rd, 1896.

 By motion the rate of parish taxation for the year 1896 was fixed at ten mills on the dollar on the assessed valuation of property this day submitted by the assessor said rate to be distributed for the various items of parochial expenses as per Budge for 1896.

 Bids for the repair of the parish jail were opened and read as follows: E. W. Phillips, $998.65; Allen Rupper bids for sewer pipe $36 per foot; Diebold Safe & Lock Co. $1212.50 for repairs and $1,000 for steel cell. Pauly Jail Bldg. & Mfg. Co. $930.00. The Jury deferred action on bids until Sept. 10th.

 A communication from Secretary of State James T. Mitchel relative to establishing election precincts for the various wards of the parish and numbering of same, all in conformity of sections 38 and 39 of Act. No. 137 of the General Assembly of 1896 was read and by motion jury resolved to consider the matter September 10th.

 The report of the Auditing committee was read and approved.

 A. A. Labbe, J. P. Revillon, Gustave Lacoste, Arthur Greig, Alcide Judice, E. G. Voorhies, Jury commissioners three days each, $15.00

 E. G. Voorhies process verbal and copies of jurors list $5.00
 F. Mouton, Witness for Jury Com. ... $7.50.
 J. A. Robichaux, Witness for Jury Com. ... $7.50
 Geo. DeBlanc, coal ... $1.40
 Dr. C. J. Edwards Expert fee ... $10.00

 The following accounts were approved:

 W. Clegg, books, stationary, etc. ... $22.20
 A. L. Lyons feeding Gustave Ballin ... $17.00
 I. A. Broussard, feeding prisoners ... $94.50
 Dr. A. R. Trahan, Coroners fees ... $28.00
 E. H. Vordenbaumen, lumber ... $28.19
 Moss & Mouton, lumber ... $197.42
Estorge & Billeaud, lumber ... $141.05
 E. A. Primeaux, hauling ... $18.14
 U. Primeaux ... $10.50
 G. Hebert, remove jail refuse ... $22.50
 C. Cormier, Coroner's Juror ... $2.05
 G. Duhon, drainage, 8th ward ... $60.00
  The jury then adjourned until Thursday Sept. 10th.
   R. C . LANDRY, President.
   R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/12/1896.

Work Progressing. - The Oil Mill is beginning to assume proportions. The contractor Mr. Stewart, is hustling everything along and the prospects are that the mill will be in working order on or before the time the contract calls for.   Laf. Advertiser 9/12/1896.

City Marshall. - Sidney McFadden was appointed City Marshal by the City Council Tuesday to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Sidney Veazey.   Laf. Advertiser 9/12/1896.

 Serious Accident. - A young man by the name of Baptiste Domingue, while driving cattle for Emile Romero on Thursday met with quite a serious accident, his horse stumbled fell with him throwing him violently to the ground. He remained unconscious for several hours.
 Lafayette Advertiser 9/12/1896.

School Board. - The newly appointed members of the School Board met and qualified on Monday, Prof. Greig was retained in his former position as principal of the Public School, which will open on Monday Sept. 14th. Several applications were received for the Principal and Assistanceship of the High School, and it was decided to offer the applicants a competition examination. The High School will open as soon as a selection can be made.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/12/1896.

 Attempted Suicide. - G. W. Mayfield attempted to commit suicide on Monday afternoon by taking Chloroform. Drs. Mouton and Trahan were called at once and found him in a very critical condition, but after working with him for several hours he was restored to consciousness. Lafayette Advertiser 9/12/1896.

Insane Man. - An insane man was found wandering in the woods near Lake Martin on last Sunday by some young men from this place, he was brought here and confined, but could not be induced to talk or tell where he was from. It was afterwards found he had wandered away from his father's house near Royville and had been roaming in the woods for two days and nights without food. He was taken home by his brother on Tuesday. His name was Bardeaux. Lafayette Advertiser 9/12/1896.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 9/12/1896.

 Miss Josette Salles is now employed at The Advertiser office.

 Mr. Alfred Voorhies will here-after be found with the L. Levy company.

 Miss Lodo Mouton will accept a position with Mouton & Salles Monday.

 Dr. T. B. Hopkins was appointed President of the School Board and Mr. Claude Latiolais of Carencro Secretary and Parish Superintendent.

 Bro. Mouton of The Gazette is attending the meeting of the State Press Association at Lake Charles this week, and will take in the excursion to Denver.

 We call special attention of all democrats to the notice published in this column calling for a mass meeting and we hope every one will attend.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/12/1896.

From the Lafayette Advertiser of September 12th, 1891:

Accidental Shooting.

 Saturday morning two colored boys, both about sixteen years of age, Joseph the son of Blanche Martin, and Boeuf, the son of "Buffalo" who drives the ice wagon went hunting together. At Bayou Vermilion they took a pirogue and went up Bayou Tortue. Shortly after 2 o'clock that afternoon Boeuf landed the pirogue, containing the dead body of Joseph, at the mouth of the coulee just back of Mr. Chargois' place, stating that just a short while before Joseph had accidentally shot and killed himself. He was the only witness of the shooting. They were about to enter the pirogue to return home. In coming down the bank of the bayou Joseph slipped up and in falling the hammer of his gun (a shotgun) struck a tree, exploding the charge which entered his right side through the lower ribs. He lived just long enough to be asked to be taken home to his mother. Sheriff Broussard and Coroner Gladu were soon present at the body. An autopsy was made, and it was found that in traversing the body the charge of shot had severed the abdominal aorta. A verdict in accordance with the above facts was returned. Sheriff Broussard took Boeuf with him and visited the scene of the shooting some distance up the bayou, where all signs went to justify Boeuf's statement. Joseph was a sprightly, intelligent and accommodating boy, and his untimely fate is deeply regretted by both whites and colored. Lafayette Advertiser 9/12/1891. 

Fresh Paint. - The depot warehouse has just received a new coat of paint, and presents a handsome appearance. The neatness and orderly appearance of things about S. P. Depot cannot fail to attract the attention and favorable comment to travelers.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/12/1891.

 Athletic Club. - The Lafayette Athletic Club has erected its exhibition building on the lot just East of Mr. Alfred Hebert's store, fronting Lincoln avenue. It has a seating capacity of about 600 people, and a 24-foot ring. It is in a good locality, central and convenient. Lafayette Advertiser 9/12/1891.

Railroad Not Dead. - The Iberia and Vermilion Railroad project is not dead just taking a rest. New Iberia is going to take a new grip, and is saying to Abbeville: "Hello, partner! hold fast down below there while I spit in my hands." Lafayette Advertiser 9/12/1891.

Will Be Given Away. - Our enterprising druggist Wm. Clegg, who carries the finest stock of drugs, perfumeries, toilet articles, brushes, sponges, etc., are giving away a large number of trial bottles of Dr. Miles' celebrated Restorative Nervine. They guarantee is to cure headache, dizziness, the ill effects of spirits, tobacco, coffee, etc. Druggists say it is the greatest seller they ever knew, and is universally satisfactory. They also guarantee Dr. Miles' New Heart Cure in all cases of nervous or organic heart disease, palpitation, pain in the side, smothering, etc. Fine book on "Nervous and Heart Diseases" free. Lafayette Advertiser 9/12/1891.

   Negroes in Sleeping Cars. - A dispatch from Austin, Texas, 4th. inst., says: "The Inter-State Commerce Commission, in the case of negro who was rejected from a sleeper although possessed of a first-class ticket for an inter-step trip from Louisiana to Texas, has sustained the negro. The Southern Pacific thereupon issued instructions to the effect that negroes on the inter-step trip are entitled to sleeping and chair car accommodations, if they can secure first-class tickets from the agents, but to neither, while on local state trips, unless such cars be exclusively designated for negro passengers. Lafayette Advertiser 9/12/1891.

Archbishop to Visit Lafayette. -His Grace, Archbishop Janssen's, is expected to arrive in Lafayette on next Friday, the 18th. inst. On Sunday, the 20th. inst., he will administer the rite of confirmation to all who are prepared to receive it. Quite a large class have been prepared for the occasion.    Lafayette Advertiser 9/12/1891.

Brass Band. - Our enterprising Lafayette Brass Band is practising diligently and making rapid progress. They have in view to give an exhibition in a short time. We predict that this band will yet be an attraction and a credit to our town. Lafayette Advertiser 9/12/1891.

 Depot Painted. - The depot warehouse just received a new coat of paint, and presents a handsome appearance. The neatness and orderly appearance of things about our Southern Pacific depot cannot fail to attract the attention and favorable comment to travelers. Lafayette Advertiser 9/12/1891.

 New Building. - The Lafayette Athletic Club has erected its exhibition building on the lot just East of Mr. Alfred Hebert's store, fronting Lincoln avenue. It has a seating capacity of about 600 people, and a 24-foot ring. It is in a good locality, central and convenient.

Lafayette Advertiser 9/12/1891.

Sugar Refinery.

 We are rejoiced to know that on last Monday steps were taken towards the establishment of a large central sugar refinery in our parish, with a capital of at least $130,000. Hon. Overton Cade, Mr. P. B. Roy and Mr. M. Billeaud are the prime movers in this most important and beneficial project. The shares are $100 each, and we understand that already a large amounts has been taken. These refineries wherever established in our State have always proved a success and highly remunerative to the stockholders. We know of no one institution that could prove of such material and lasting benefit to our parish at large as this would. In addition to the large amount of money that would be put in circulation among us from its construction and operation, by reason of its being ready and certain market it would stimulate the culture of cane, to which our climate and soil is peculiarly adapted and which is far more profitable than cotton. Thousands of acres of land which are now idle could be made to yield our farmers from $50 t0 $70 per acre. Just imagine how much this additional wealth would add to the prosperity of all classes, and especially our farmers, will hasten to subscribe. Do not let this golden opportunity be gobbled up by foreign capital. No particular location for the factory has yet been determined upon, but the one that would naturally suggest itself as the central and most advantageous is the bank of Bayou Vermilion, contiguous to this great railroad center.  Lafayette Advertiser 9/12/1891.

City Council Proceedings.  
Lafayette, La., Sept. 7th, 1891.

 The City Council met this day in regular session, and the following members were present, to-wit:  Wm. Campbell, Mayor, James Hannen, Numa Schoyot, J. E. Martin, Alfred Hebert, Felix Demanade, and L. F. Rigues. Absent: Gus. Lacoste.

 The minutes of the last meeting was read and approved.

 The following was read:

 To the Hon. Mayor and City Council of LafayetteL

 We, the undersigned committee, appointed to see parties owning land through which Garfield street was to pass, make this report: Having seen Mr. Leo Doucet, committee of one, appointed by preceding Council, for opening of said street, we hereby submit his answer as result of our investigation.


 To Hon. Mayor and Council of Lafayette:

 Having been appointed a committee to open Garfield street. I make the following report: I find it impossible to open said street with amount appropriated for that purpose; the parties through said street opens refusing to sell their right of way for anything like reasonable amount.

 For committee, LEO DOUCET.

 Resolved that the report of the committee on street concerning the opening of Garfield street was indefinitely postponed.

 The petition of persons and citizens of town asking that a part known as the Mills addition be properly ditched and drained as to let the water have its issue, was laid over, according to the report made from committee on streets, which read thus:

 We the undersigned, committee appointed to investigate demand of residents of Lafayette street and other streets make this our report: We find that those streets have no ditches. That a ditch on each side of said street and also a ditch to receive water of street ditches would be necessary to properly drain that neighborhood; that there are fences of residents on said streets; that it would first required to move those fences from their present position before being able to dig ditches in their proper places. We got following informations concerning streets from Mr. Bailey, mayor of preceding council, and Messrs. Gerac and Pellerin, members of preceding council. They state that they had the matter in hand several times; that to put ditches in their proper places, they would first have to draw the right lines and also move the fences. They saw a surveyor in this town to draw the lines and he asked one hundred and fifty dollars. They then applied to another surveyor outside of Lafayette and he answered, that he needed to extra men to help him and member of the council to show him the lines. Also to properly survey the streets it would require a general survey of town; that he would have to start from Bayou Vermilion and that such proceeding would cost more than the revenues of the town were then able to meet.

 Resolved, That the report of the Finance Committee, concerning the Mayor, the Treasurer and the Collector's quarterly reports is hereby accepted.

   Lafayette, La., Sept. 7th, 1891.

 To the Hon. Mayor and Council of Lafayette, La. :
 The undersigned Finance Committee having examined the books and reports of the Collector and Treasurer up to Aug. 31st, 1891, beg leave to make the following report, to-wit:

 The Treasurer's book shows balance on hand as per last report, nine hundred and four dollars and twenty-six cts. $904.26 Amt. rec'd from R. C. Greig, for Hall rent ... $12.50.
Total ... $916.76

 Warrants paid him No. 1 to 33, and cancelled by us, amt'g to five hundred and eighty-one dollars and sixty-four cts.   ... $581.64
Balance on hand ... $334.12

 Total ... $916.76

 The Collector's report shows amt. delinquent tax roll 1889 ... $93.89
delinquent tax roll 1890 ... $151.18
 Blank licenses issued by Treas. ... $230.00
 97 dog collars ... $97.00
 10 cows penalty collected 75 cts ... $7.50

 Total ... $579.57

 By amt. delinquent taxes '89 $88.62
 By amt. delinquent taxes '90 $74.65
 By amt. blank licenses on hand ... $185.00
 By amt. bal. to be accounted for collector ... $231.30.

 Total ... $579.57

 The collector is entitled to six per cent or seven and 60/100 dollars on collection of taxes and licenses, amounting to one hundred and twenty-six and 80/100 dollars, and a warrant should be issued in his favor for said amount of $7.70/

 We have also examined the books of the Mayor, up to date, Sept. 7th, '91, and find that he has collected twenty-five dollars for Bazars, and sixty-one dollars and seventy-five cents for fines, making the total of eighty-six dollars and seventy-five cents, which is to be accounted for by him.
             Respectfully submitted,
                 F. DEMANADE, ALFRED HEBERT, J. E. MARTIN, Finance Committee.

 Resolved, That the joint petition for levying special taxes for water works and High School be rejected, and that two separate and distinct petitions be presented to the Council.

 The following was submitted and read:
  To the Mayor and Council of Lafayette:

 We members of the finance committee having investigated the finance of the Corporation, do not think that our present revenues will justify us in contracting with the Sun Vapor Light Co., or any other company for lights.


 Moved, That under the Finance committee report conceding the revenue of the corporation, it will not justify us in contracting with the Sun Vapor Light Co., or any other company for lights at present.

 Resolved, That under the Finance committee report, concerning the revenue of the corporation, it will not justify us in contracting with the Sun Vapor Light Co., or any other company for lights at present.

 Resolved, That any saddle horse, vehicles, wagon or cart, &c., found unhitched in the street, shall be taken up by the constable and be impounded, and the owner shall pay a fine of $8.50 for each offense.

 The following accounts were approved:

 Advertiser, pub. proceedings ... $37.50
 A. Nevue, services as secty & treas. ... $37.50
 C. H. Soloman, dy., constable and hauling dead dogs ... $43.75
 J. G. Gardemal, dy. constable ... $40.00
 J. G. Gardenal, feeding prisoners ... $17.29
 E. Guidry, lighting street lamps ... $18.00
 A. A. Micaud, marshal ... $50.00
 H. L. Monnier, rep. bridges & plank walks ... $2.00

 There being no further business the Council adjourned to next regular meeting.
 A. NEVUE, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/12/1891.

Police Jury Proceedings.

 Lafayette, La., Sept. 7th, 1891.

 The Police Jury met this day in special session with the following members present: C. P. Alpha, J. G. St. Julien, C. C. Brown, R. C. Landry, A. D. Landry, A. A. Delhomme, O. Theriot and Ford Huffpauir.

 The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

 The report of the jury of freeholders appointed to trace the public road from Lafayette to Duson was laid over, for amendment and correction.

 The ordinance relative to the imposition of a road tax and the submission of the same to the electors at the next general election was again laid over.

 The petition of Master Louis Olivier for appointment as beneficiary cadet to the State University and Agricultural and Mechanical college was again laid over.

 By motion of A. D. Landry, the sum of $200.00 was appropriated for the purpose of erecting a public school house for white children in the Eighth ward, on such site as may be selected by the school board.

 By motion of Mr. Huffpauir, the jury of freeholders previously appointed to lay off and trace a public road from Antoine Guidry's bridge on Isle des Cannes coulee and connecting with the Duson and Vermilion road was discharged, and the following jury appointed instead, to trace a public road starting from Antoine Guidry's bridge and running west to connect with the public road leading from Dr. M. L. Lyons' to the bridge on Bayou Queu Tortue; Ford Huffapuir, John R. Huffpauir, Alex. Huffpauir, Dr. A. O. Clark, Preston Huffpauir and Thompson Huffpauir.

 Mr. Alpha appointed Cleophas Broussard road overseer for the 3rd ward, 2nd district, vice J. B. Preses resigned.

 By motion it was resolved, that in future all accounts presented to the Police Jury for approval must be first endorsed by the member in whose ward the obligations originate and that the said accounts shall be filed on the desks of the respective members for their approval.

 The sum of $25.00 each was granted unto the following indigents: Lucien Cormier, Mrs. Thos. Stutes, Grace Abadie.

 Messrs. C. P. Alpha and R. C. Greig were appointed a committee to ascertain the amounts paid to the various justice and constables throughout the parish for criminal expenses.

 Sheriff Broussard submitted the following statement of parish taxes collected for the year 1890:
State of Lousiana,
Parish of Lafayette.

 Statement of Parish taxes collected for the year 1890, by I. A. Broussard, Sheriff, as shown by assessment roll.

 Due by I. A. Broussard to Parish ... $16,088.58

 By cash to par Treas. Sept. '90 ... $17.69 1/2
Oct. '90 ... $814.21 1/2
Nov. '90 ... $1,441.85
Dec. '90 ... $8,941.97
Jan. '91 for 1890 ... $2,411.23
Feb. '91 ... $192.52
Mch. '91 ... $109.32
Apr. '91 ... $129.03
May '91... $215.98
June '91 ... $376. 86 1/2
July ... $187.75
Aug. ... $209.03 1/2
Sept. 7 cash by check to treas. ... $71.51
Deduction as shown by delinquent list ... $679.23 1/2


 On motion the following committee was appointed to examine the statement submitted, and also the Treasurer's looks and if found correct authorized to grant Sheriff Broussard a quietus for all taxes due the parish for the year 1890: Brown, A. A. Delhomme and A. D. Landry.

 The Treasurer submitted the following statement:

 To the President and members of the Police Jury, Parish of Lafayette.

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

 June 1, '91, to bal. on hand last report ... $863.00
 June 16, To amt. from tax collt'r, taxes collected May ... $215.00
 June 23, to amt. from J. S. Broussard, constable, sale 3 cows ... $12.47
 July 22, amt. from tax collt'r taxes collected June ... $386.42
 July 22, amt. from collt'r licenses for May and June ... $255.00
 Aug. 6, amt. from collt'r of taxes collected in July ... $187.75
 Aug. 6, amt. from collt'r of license collected in July ... $35.00
 Sept. 1, amt. from collt'r taxes collected in Aug. $299.03 1/2

 $2,254.63 1/2

 June 1, By amt. to Sheriff holding court May term ... $80.00
 June 16, by amt. tax collt'r (unreadable) on collection $10.79

(last digit of following figures unreadable)

July 22, ... $32.0(?)
Sept. 1, ... $11.1(?)
Sept. 1, ... 14.7(?)
Sept. 1, to date on app'd orders $1,723.8(?)
Sept 1, to date on jurors and witness certificates ... $31.3(?)

 To balance on hand, $340.72 1/2.
         Respectfully submitted,
              WM. CLEGG, Parish Treasurer.

 Lafayette, La., Sept. 7, 1891.

 The account of Ludovic Billeaud $6(?) services in tracing the public road from Lafayette to Duson was rejected.

 The following accounts were laid over:

 I. A. Broussard, sheriff fees ... $230.(?)
 B. Avant, swearing jury, etc. ... $10.(?)
 Leon Plonsky, blankets ... $9.(?)
 J. R. Huffpauir, constable fees ... $81.(?)
 Alcide Broussard, constable fees ... $22.(?)
 The following accounts were approved:

 H. Theall, jury commissioner ... $10.(?)
 Ben Avant ... $10.(?)
 Alf. Hebert ... $10.(?)
 V. E. Dupius ... $10.(?)
 A. M. Martin ... $10.(?)
 I. Durham, repairs to cisterns ... (?)
 L. Lacoste & Bro, repairs road plow ... $15.(?)
 J. G. Gardemal, jail fees ... $193.(?)
 Gab. Gardemal, sheriff fees ... 2.(?)
 N. Reaux, assessor's com. ... $59.(?)
 P. D. Beraud, medical expert ... $1.(?)
 Martell & Huffpauir, repairing plow, $1.(??)
 Ford Huffpauir, bolts and iron ... $(?)
 Jos. Plonsky, clothing for prisoners ... $(?)
 R. S. Thomas, hauling lumber ... $(?)
 W. D. Huff, repairing pump ... $(?)
 W. J. Harson, justice fees ... $1(?)
 I. Falk, justice fees ... $(?)
 S. Greig, justice fees ... $(?)
 Geo. Malagarie, constable fees ... $(?)
 Dr. A Gladu, coroner's fees ... $(?)
 Dr. A. Gladu, parish physician ... $(?)

 There being no further business the Police Jury adjourned.

 C. P. ALPHA, President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/12/1891.

From the Lafayette Advertiser of September 12th, 1874:

 Weather, Crops, &c.

 For the past ten days the weather has been showery, but not sufficient rain has fallen to fill the ponds and in some portions of the parish, the cattle have been suffering for weeks been suffering for water.

 The cotton is opening rapidly and the planters are busily engaged in gathering it. The worms have done but little damage yet, and there is no uneasiness about them at present. The late drought injured considerably the cotton and late corn. Other crops will probably yield satisfactorily. The health of the parish is good. Lafayette Advertiser 9/12/1874.

Escaped. - George Sam, a negro man who was incarcerated in the parish prison made his escape last Thursday night. He was placed in the cell of the jail with irons about his legs, but notwithstanding, he, with the aid of a bar of iron taken from one of the windows, effected an opening through the rotten flooring of the cell and under the door and made his escape. Lafayette Advertiser 9/12/1874.

Registration. - Remember that the Registration office is now open at the Court House, and no one will be allowed to vote at the next election unless he has a new certificate of Registration.
Laf. Advertiser 9/12/1874.

 City Council of Vermilionville.

 Regular session, Sept. 7th, 1874.

 Present, A. Monnier, Mayor and Councilmen Revillon, Mouton, McBride and Bourges. Absent, Councilmen Landry, Salles and Chargois.

 The reading of the minutes of last meeting were dispensed with.

 On motion it was resolved, That the Constable be and is hereby authorized to make a bridge over the big ditch, fronting on Washington Street.

 The following accounts were presented and approved:

 Alex. Billeaud, for repairing bridges, etc., $26.50; Dick, for making ditch, $2.50.

 On motion, the Council adjourned.
 A. MONNIER, Mayor.
 H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/12/1874.

Police Jury Proceedings.

 Vermilionville, La., September 7, 1874.

 Regular Session of the Police Jury - Parish of Lafayette.

 Present: G. Dubau, Esq., President and Messrs. R. C. Landry, Jean Bernard, Rosemond LeBlanc and S. J. Montgomery.

 On motion of Mr. R. C. Landry, the reading of the minutes of the previous meeting was dispensed with.

 On motion of Mr. Jean Bernard, the District Attorney pro tem, was allowed to October 5, 1874 to make his report of delinquent taxpayers.

 On motion of same, the special committee on cancellation of warrants was equality allowed to October 5, q874 to make their report.

 The President informed the Police Jury that he had used all amicable means in his power to compel the State Tax Collector to furnish bond, but to no avail, upon which the District Attorney pro tem, enjoined the Tax Collector from the collection of the Parish Taxes until he furnish bond as required.

 Whereupon Mr. Rosemond LeBlanc offered the following resolution :  Resolved, That the resolution of this body passed July 13, 1874. directing the State Tax Collector to furnish bond before proceeding to the collection of the Parish Taxes be and the same is hereby repealed, and that the Tax Collector is hereby ordered to proceed with the collection of said taxes.

 Which said resolution of Mr. Rosemond LeBlanc was lost by the following vote :

 Yea: R. C. Landry, Rosemond LeBlanc.

 Nay: J. Bernard, S. J. Montgomery, G. Dubau.

 There being a tie, the President gave his casting vote against the passage of said resolution.

 On motion of Mr. G. Dubau, Resolved, That the members of the Police Jury from the 4th and 5th wards suggest the names of freeholders to compose Jury to lay out road in 5th ward.

 When on motion of Mr. R. C. Landry, John R. Creighton, Perry Moses, Clairville T. Patin, Marcel Melancon, Alexandre Meaux and Lessin Guidry, are appointed a Jury of freeholders to trace and lay out a road from Broussardville or Cote Gelee P. O. to the line of St. Martin Parish, to be designated as the road from Broussardville or Cote Gelee P. O. to New Iberia, and to assess such damage as may be sustained.

 On motion of Mr. G. Dubau, Resolved, That the committee on Public Works are authorized to make a half moon near Pin Hook Bridge on Bayou Vermilion to facilitate the Steamboats in turning, provided the cost does not exceed three hundred dollars, and make their report on October 5, 1874.

 On motion of Mr. S. J. Montgomery, the following accounts were allowed, and that warrants issue for the same :

 Levi Columbus, costs crim. case ... $1.1o
 Isan Chadwell, costs crim. case ... $6.50
 Ben Avant, costs crim. case ... $6.50
 Isam S. Brown, costs crim. case ... $3.20
 Isam S. Brown, costs crim. case ... $3.20
 Isam S. Brown, costs crim. case ... $3.20
 Mrs. I. S. Brown, costs crim. case ... $3.20
 Clemile Trahan, juror's fee, transferred ... $5.00
 Eloi Vincent, fee as grand juror ... $7.00
 Lessin Abshire, witness crim. case ... $6.40
 S. Landry, witness fees, transferred ... $3.80
 H. Eastin, Sheriff, costs crim. cases ... $153.20
 Delia Lockley, witness fees ... $3.2o
 Mme. Devigne Guidry ... $1.90
 Wm. Stutes ... $2.20
 John Comeau, ... $3.50
 Joseph Navarre, ... $5.50
 R. F. Grier, juror's fees ... $8.10
 Syphroyen Landry, grand juror, trans. ... $6.50
 H. M. Bailey, Justice of the peace ... $5.75
 Plonsky & Rogers, wit. fees trans. ... $2.20

 Camille Roos, witness fees ... $3.50
 Wm. Stutes, witness fees ... $8.20
 Treville Guidry, witness fees ... $2.2o
 Therence Toups, grand juror ... $7.50
 Alcide Judice, talis juror ... $1.30
 Alcide Judice, witness fees ... $1.30
 Edouard Fabre, ... $4.00
 Joseph Guidry, ... $4.50
 Alex O. Guidry, ... $1.60
 Geneus Boudreaux, ... $1.50
 Geneus Boudreaux, ... $1.60
 Alex Billaud, ... $1.10
 Rene Gagneaux, ... $1.1o
 Edgar Mouton, ... $1.10
 Austin, witness fees ... $3.50
 Edgar Mouton, witness fees transferred ... $4.20
 L. Levy, witness fees ... $3.00
 L. Levy, ... $3.00
 Sevigne Guidry, ... $2.2o
 Joseph N. Guidry, ... $3.50
 L. Levy, ... $1.1o
 G. C. Salles, ... $1.10
 Numa Chachere, ... $6.00
 Henry Anding, ... $4.00
 L. Levy, witness fees transferred ... $2.60
 Plonsky & Rogers, ... $2.60
 Plonsky & Rogers, ... $1.50
 Mathias Arenas, ... $6.00
 Joseph N. Guidry, ... $3.50
 Joseph Guidry, ... $4.50
 Edmond Landry, Juror de Talibus ... $2.30
 Joseph Pothier, Juror ... $5.20
 W. S. McBride, witness fee ... $4.o0
 J. O. Girouard, Jailor ... $53.00
 Placide Hebert, witness ... $3.oo
 Ben Babino, witness ... $3.50
 Eusebe Thibodeaux, witness ... $4.50
 Sarrazin Trahan, witness ... $5.80
 Joseph N. Guidry, witness ... $3.50
 Joseph Louviere, witness ... $3.00
 Plonsky Rogers, witness, transferred ... $5.60
 L. Levy, witness, transferred ... $18.00
 John Green, witness, transferred ... $1.50
 Alexander Daniel, witness, transferred ... $1.50
 Therence Celestin, witness, transferred ... $1.5o
 Rosemond Benoit, witness, transferred ... $1.60
 L. F. Rigues, witness transferred ... $1.1o
 Francis Hebert, Juror ... $5.30
 Clemile Trahan, witness, transferred ... $5.80
 Damoville Bernard, witness, transferred ... $3.80
 A. S. Johnston, witness, transferred ... $2.20
 Sarrazin Trahan, witness transferred ... $2.20
 Sazzarin Trahan, Juror, transferred ... $4.50
 H. M. Bailey, Justice of the Peace ... $11.25
 Leopold Hirsch, Constable ... $10.20
 Marie, witness ... $1.30
 H. Eastin, Sheriff, attending court ... $15.00
 Ambroise Mouton, work on public road ... $25.00
 Edouard, witness ... $1.40
 Sidney Greig, witness ... $3.00
 Alex Breaux, Talis Juror ... $2.40

 And the following accounts were rejected:

 J. F. Knox, J. P. St. Landry ... $13.50
 S. M. Peters, Constable St.Landry ... $13.50
 A. J. Moss, Parish Judge cost crim. ... $57.75.

 On motion of Mr. Rosemond Leblanc, Police Jury adjourned to Oct. 5th, 1874.

 (Signed.) G. DUBAU, President.
 Attest, C. DEBAILLON, Clerk pro tem.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/12/1874.

Died Before Execution.

 Friday, 4th inst., the two negro friends, Charles Large and William Deal, who murdered a mulatto Pierre Freta in a box car on the S. P. Railroad, in December, 1890, (and who the night previous had murdered a negro girl in Orange, Texas,) were executed at Lake Charles. These were the two negroes whose execution was postponed several months ago because their execution was going to be made public to gratify an excursion to Lake Charles on that day for the purpose of witnessing it. In connection with the execution the Lake Charles Commercial gives the following account of a fatal accident: "Yesterday, at about 1 o'clock p. m., Jos. Voltz, the tinner, in endeavoring to get a view of the execution of the two negroes, Large and Deal, got on the roof of the Lake House Hotel, and was sitting on the dormer window when he fell to the ground, a distance of some twenty feet, his head striking the ground, killing himself almost instantly." Lafayette Advertiser 9/12/1891.

Waging War Against Dirt With Science. 

 There are expenses connected with every first-class hotel that the average guest knows not about and cares nothing for, but the landlord groans in financial agony every time he thinks of the ancient and truthful adage that "cleanliness is next to godliness." A dirty hotel is damned - a clean one is sure patronage. The table may have its weaknesses, the bar its high prices, the building may be old and the furniture antique, but all is forgiven of the linen crinkles with cleanliness and the rooms smell sweet and wholesome.

To keep two or three hundred rooms in perfect condition requires constant work on the part of a small army of women and men. The work of cleaning cannot be done all at one time, for the hotel must be open for business the year around, so each room has its day to retire into obscurity and suffer untold agonies at the hands of strong-armed scrub women.

The larger and better class of hotels manage to give each room a thorough cleaning at least twice a year. The carpets are removed, washed and dusted, the floor, walls and wood-work scrubbed until blisters are raised, and the furniture cleaned and the necessary repairs are made.

To do all this costs money as several gangs of cleaners are required. The housekeeper notifies the room clerk that certain rooms are to be cleaned the next day, and he checks them off. Then the workers go at it, and it takes a marvelously short time to remove every trace of dirt. Even when repainting is necessary it does not prolong the agony to any great extent.

By using the modern and tried inventions for cleaning, the work is both hastened and lessened, and four women and two men can thoroughly clean an average of three rooms a day. This method of doing the work keeps the hotel in a constant turmoil of house cleaning, but so well is the work systematized that the guests are rarely aware of what is going on.

This thorough cleaning of the rooms is made in addition to that done every day in every room that is occupied. Each morning the housekeeper is furnished with a list of rooms occupied the night before, whose guests have departed. Then every piece of linen is removed and sent to the laundry, and fresh, clean bedding provided, after the room as been thoroughly aired, swept and dusted. This work requires about one chambermaid to ten rooms.

The upstairs cleaning is done early in the morning, but it is at night that the office and public apartments are relieved of their day's accumulation of dirt. Just after midnight the scrub women put in an appearance, and the marble tiling, wainscoting and pillars of the office and lobby are given thorough scrubbing. By five o'clock this work is all done, and the guests, when they come in, find the place as neat as a pin.

The laundry forms a very important adjunct to a modern hotel, and the use of machinery has cheapened and facilitated the washing of the bedding, towels, napkins and other soil-able things used in large quantities. The washing and the greater part of the ironing are done by machinery, where the clean linen is carefully mended and kept until needed.

To keep a hotel in running order costs a great deal of money. Besides the cleaners and chambermaids, there are porters, electricians, carpenters, plumbers and upholsterers. The electrician looks after the lights, the plumber sees that the bath rooms are in condition, the carpenter is constantly busy fixing recalcitrant doors, broken furniture, etc., and the upholsterer has all that he cares to do in arresting the wear and tear and the ravages of time.

From the Cincinnati Tribune and in the Lafayette Advertiser 9/15/1894.

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