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From the Lafayette Gazette of September 15th, 1900:



 The prompt and generous response of Lafayette to the appeal for the relief of the Galveston sufferers should be forever held as one of the town's most praiseworthy deeds. In less than twelve hours after the appeal was made known the good people of the town had contributed over four hundred dollars for the victims of the storm.

 It is a notable fact that this handsome sum is made principally of small contributions, indicating that this substantial expression of sympathy sprang from the popular heart. This readiness to go to the assistance of the afflicted speaks well for our people. The members of the subscription committee informed The Gazette that they met with but very few refusals and those who gave did so promptly and cheerfully. Pursuant to a call issued in the forenoon a meeting was called to order at the court-house Tuesday evening by Judge Debaillon who stated the object of the assembly and requested Mayor Caffery to act as chairman. Mr. Edward G. Voorhies was called upon to serve as secretary. After a short and appropriate talk by Mayor Caffery the gentlemen present a subscription list with liberal contributions.
Revs. W. J. Sechrest and C. C. Wier and Dr. N. P. Moss were appointed to receive subscriptions from citizens who had not yet had an opportunity to make donations. The members of the committee worked hard throughout the following day, but were compensated by the generous co-operation of the people who came up very willingly with their contributions.

 At the concert held Tuesday night Mr. Wm. Campbell availed himself of the crowd and called upon the charitably-inclined persons to add their share to the relief fund. This met with a spontaneous response and nearly a hundred dollars were subscribed.
Lafayette Gazette 9/15/1900.

Survived the Storm.

 For several days the relatives and friends of Mrs. Hazard Eastin were greatly concerned for her safety. She was visiting the Rebaud family at Galveston and the distressing news from that ill-fated city was of a nature to produce the greatest anxiety in the minds of her relatives and friends. Repeated attempts were made to communicate with her by telegraph, but they proved unsuccessful, until Friday morning when a telegram was received from Galveston bearing the happy intelligence that Mrs. Eastin was well and would be in Lafayette in a few days. The words "all well" also conveyed the information that the Rebauds, whom Mrs. Eastin is visiting, are among those who survived the storm.      Lafayette Gazette 9/15/1900.  

Grinding Out Justice - A Grand Jury With B. F. Flanders as Foreman Inquires Into the Doings of Citizens.

 Last Monday morning Judge Debaillon convened a regular criminal term of the district court. He entered at once upon the expeditious discharge of his duty and started the machinery of justice well-oiled and ready to dispose of much business. All the other officers of the court were present. District Attorney Campbell was at the prosecutor's desk. Clerk of Court Voorhies was there to record the minutes and Sheriff Broussard was at his post to look after the executive department.

 Judge DeBaillon appointed Mr. B. F. Flanders foreman of the grand jury and eleven names were drawn to complete that body. The jury is as follows: B. F. Flanders, foreman; Albert Landry, Hugh Hutchinson, P. L. DeClouet, Aug. V. Labbe, P. A. Dupleix, T. A. McFaddin, Harrison Theall, Luc LeBlanc, F. E. Moss, S. R. Parkerson, Jasper Spell.

 Judge Debaillon delivered an able and comprehensive charge to the grand jurors, thoroughly informing them as to their duties and powers. The jurors were conducted to their room and they at once began to work.

 Dorestin Fruge, a white man from St. Landry, charged with horse-stealing appeared before the court. Owing to the recusing of District Attorney Campbell, Mr. Chas. D. Caffery represented the State in this case. Judge O. C. Mouton stated that Fruge wished to withdraw the plea of not guilty previously filed and to enter a plea of guilty. Fruge then stood up for sentence.

 Judge Mouton spoke a few words in behalf of the prisoner. He said that while in jail Fruge had been very humane in nursing an insane person and that his kind and considerate treatment of the unfortunate person denoted a good trait in his character. Appreciating the words spoken in behalf of Fruge, Judge Debaillon sentenced him to two years in the penitentiary. The maximum penalty for horse-stealing is five years.

 Severin Prejean, colored, pleaded guilty to a charge of carrying a concealed weapon and was sentenced to pay a fine of $15 and costs or to four months' imprisonment subject to road work.

 Tuesday morning Perry Jones, the negro who was arrested a few days ago on a charge of breaking into the home of Mr. T. M. Biossat, pleaded guilty. Perry was chased by Officer Campbell some days ago. He was traced to Col. Breaux's plantation where he was captured by Sheriff Broussard assisted by Officers Peck and Campbell. His case was one in which speedy justice was obtained.

 Oron Spell pleaded guilty Wednesday morning of carrying a concealed weapon. He was fined $25 and costs or 90 days' imprisonment.

 Wednesday afternoon the grand jury made a partial report bringing into court seven true bills and the same number of no true bills.

 The true bills: Maxile Washington, larceny; Joseph Dugas, burglary and larceny; Thomas Dickson, rape; Bernard Lafargue, horse-stealing; Walter Hebert, larceny; Jules Pointboeuf, attempt to wreck a train; Jack Belony, hog stealing.

 In the following cases no true bills were reported: Andrew Prad, assault with intent to rape; Camille Hebert, striking with intent to kill; Chas. Duhon, assault and battery; H. Stewart, murder; B. H. Shannon, shooting with intent to kill.

 Thursday morning District Attorney Campbell filed a number of bills on information.

 The following parties were arraigned and cases fixed for trial:

 Walter Hebert, Sept. 17.
 Bernard Lefargue, Sept. 18.
 Joseph Dugas, Sept. 18.
 Jules Pointboeuf, Sept. 19.
 Thomas Dickson, Sept. 20.
 Adam Gallien, violating contract, Sept. 19.
 Chas. Thomas, violating labor contract, Sept. 22.
 Jack Belony, hog stealing, Sept. 17.
Lafayette Gazette 9/15/1900.

Wild Bill's Wild West Show.
City Council Proceedings. 
Lafayette, La., Sept. 8, 1900.

 A special meeting of the City Council was held this day, Mayor C. D. Caffery, presiding. Members present: F. E. Girard, H. Hohorst, F. Demanade, J. O. Mouton, C. O. Mouton, G. A. DeBlanc. Absent: J. E. Martin.

 Moved by C. O. Mouton, seconded by F. E. Girard, that Buffalo Bill's Wild West show be permitted to show in Lafayette and that the license be fixed at fifty ($50) dollars.

 Moved and duly seconded, that the matter of the tax rolls for the current year 1900 be referred to the committee. Carried.
 There being no further business the Council adjourned.
CHAS. D. Caffery, Mayor.
Louis Lacoste, Secretary. Lafayette Gazette 9/15/1901.

Hold a Meeting Monday and Appoint Delegates to the Congressional Convention.

 Lafayette, La., Sept. 10, 1900. - Pursuant to call the Parish Democratic Executive Committee met at the court-house to-day with the following members present in person and by proxy: Elias Spell, by proxy; Dr. R. O. Roy, by proxy; John Hahn, P. L. DeClouet, Albert Guidry, John Whittington.

 On motion of Mr. DeClouet, duly seconded, the chairman of this committee with Messrs. Overton Cade and A. M. Martin, were appointed a committee to name twenty-four delegates, to cast the vote of the parish in the Democratic Congressional Convention to be held in the town of Lafayette on the 24th of this month. The committee named the following delegates: John Hahn, Judge C. Debaillon, Alex Delhomme, Dr. A. O. Clark, Homer Durio, A. Olivier, Dr. N. D. Young, Albert Guidry, Overton Cade, Ed. G. Voorhies, Wm. Campbell, I. A. Broussard, Alonzo Lacey, Alex M. Broussard, A. M. Martin, Jules A. Langlinais, A. C. Guilbeau, Jno. Whittington, P. L. DeClouet, D. A. Dimitry, J. O. Broussard, P. D. Trahan, Dr., J. Ed. Mouton, R. C. Landry.

 On motion of Mr. Cade a committee of five on reception was appointed, Chairman Hahn to be ex-officio chairman of the committee.

 The following gentlemen were appointed on this committee: Wm. Campbell, Ed. G. Voorhies, Judge Julian Mouton, I. A. Broussard, F. Sterling Mudd.

 On motion the committee adjourned.
              JOHN HAHN, Chairman.
 P. L. DECLOUET, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 9/15/1900.

Cemetery Association. - The Gazette has been requested to announce that there will be a meeting at the Methodist church, Monday (17th inst.) at 4 o'clock p. m., for the purpose of re-organizing the Protestant Cemetery Association. All persons interested in this laudable work are invited to be present and participate in the re-organization of the association on an effective and lasting basis.   Lafayette Gazette 9/15/1900.

 Need Sewing Work? - Mrs. Sidney Martin announces to the public that she is ready to take plain sewing consisting of men's clothing and all other kind of sewing, and that she will be in Lafayette at Mrs. H. L. Monnier's twice a week, or will go at domicile if necessary. Reference: Mrs. H. L. Monnier.  Lafayette Gazette 9/15/1900.

Louis Domengeaux Sustains Injuries. - The Gazette is informed that Louis Domengeaux sustained serious injuries during the Texas storm. We are unable to obtain any particulars, but the rumor is that Mr. Domengeaux was injured while trying to reach Galveston on one of the relief trains. We are pleased to state, however, that Mr. Domengeaux is reported well and that there is every reason to believe that he will recover. Mrs. Domengeaux left here Tuesday to go to the assistance of her husband who is at Houston.    Lafayette Gazette 9/15/1900.

Lafayette, La., Sept. 6., 1900.

 ..among other business...

 By motion of Mr. Whittington the sum of $200 was appropriated and set aside to each ward for drainage purposes.

 Mr. Mouton reported that the committee appointed to confer with a  committee from the City Council relative to drainage north of town had examined the district in question in company with the committee from City Council.

 Propositions had been received for cutting a canal necessary to affect said drainage, one for $300 and another for $80. The committee recommended acceptance of the lower bid, the City Council having agreed to pay half of said amount.

 By motion the report of the committee was accepted and approved and the committee authorized to contract for cutting said canal.

 Mr. Wm. Campbell appeared and presented the petition of the court and bar praying for an appropriation for the employment of a court stenographer, Miss Lizzie Bailey having been appointed to said position. By motion the sum of $300 per annum was appropriated for the employment of a court stenographer.

 By motion of Mr. Labbe the following committee was appointed to investigate the drainage on Mrs. Lessin Broussard's place and endeavor to secure an amicable adjustment of differences concerning the same: Alphonse L. Broussard, A. D. Verrot, J. H. Bernard and J. S. Labbe.

 Bids for the construction of Pascal Molaison bridge including all material therefore were received as follows: D. Arceneaux, $309.90; Preston Spell, $297.50; Tilman Spell; $289.75; Austin E. Wagner, $269.95.

 My motion of Mr. Mouton the lowest bid was accepted and the following committee appointed to contract for and supervise the construction of said bridge, which shall be completed within thirty days from date according to specifications on file: Alex M. Broussard, Phineas Huffpauir, and Jasper Spell. Bond in the sum of $200 shall be furnished for the faithful execution of the contract herein provided for.

 Messrs. R. O. Young and A. Olivier representing the School Board appeared and asked that the Jury make provision for maintenance of the public schools of the parish for a reasonable term. The gentlemen were informed that at present nothing could be done, but the Board could rely upon $3,000 appropriated in the budget of 1900 and a balance of $400 due on the appropriation of 1899.

 By motion of Mr. Mouton the sum of $20 per month fixed as the salary of Justices Bienvenu and Monnier to be divided equally between them. A motion by Mr. Buchanan to amend the preceding motion, allowing $5 per month additional to the present salary of that Justice whose official docket indicated a larger amount of work, was lost.

 Mr. Whittington reported the Cormier bridge completed.

 By motion of Mr. Mouton, it was resolved that the road fund of each ward shall be kept separately and no ward shall be entitled to any part of the funds of any other ward.

 Messrs. J. C. Buchanan and F. G. Mouton were appointed to arrange for the holding of a Farmers' Institute at Lafayette, Sept. 27th inst.

 By motion the rate of taxation was fixed at 10 mills on the dollar of the assessed valuation of parish property of the year 1900, to be distributed according to the terms of the budget as follows:

 Bridges and roads ... 3 mills
 Criminal fund ... 3 mills
 Officers's fund ... 2 mills
 Contingent ... 2 mills

 Treasurer J. E. Martin was authorized to borrow $750 to pay court expenses. Sales of land for use as public road were accepted from Alphonse Sinegal, Philosie Richard, Adam Breaux, Adam Melancon, and Felix Strauss. Acts ordered recorded.

 A proposition from Mr. Geo. Doucet to furnish the parish drugs at 20 per cent on actual cost of physician's prescriptions and 15 per cent on actual cost of general line of drugs not coming under the heading of physician's prescriptions was read and by motion accepted. Lafayette Gazette 9/15/1900.

Dr. Moss Remains on Board.

 In another column appears an "open letter to the School Board" signed by Dr. N. P. Moss. The Gazette is pleased to note that Dr. Moss has decided not to resign as member of the School Board. Like all good citizens Dr. Moss is solicitous for the educational advancement of this parish and we believe that as a member of the Board he can and will do much for the public schools. Widely divergent views among the members of education, but we believe they will result in permanent good. The "sparks of truth are struck from the anvil of discussion" and we believe that at times a difference of opinion is a healthful sign. We believe that Dr. Moss has taken a correct view of the matter in deciding to remain on the Board and we are sure his decision is approved by the friends of education in this parish. There is much to be done to establish the local school system upon a solid and enduring basis and no good citizen should shirk from the performance of his part of the work.
Lafayette Gazette 9/15/1900.

 Lafayette, La., Sept. 12, 1900.
 To the School Board of Lafayette Parish:

 At the time of the organization of the new School Board I was impressed with the great advantage it would be in forwarding the work of public education in our parish, for the supervision of the schools to be given in charge of a competent superintendent, and I expressed a preference for a man of proper moral and mental training for this special work who would devote his whole time and attention in upbuilding the public schools. I was persuaded that upon an aggressive and capable management of the schools rested the highest welfare of the educable children of the parish, and I was convinced that the School Board could render no greater service to the public than to labor earnestly and assiduously for the attainment of this end. These views met with the approbation of four of my fellow-school directors to whom I had occasion to express them in advance of the selection of a superintendent of the Board.

 The official action of the Board in passing on the question of the superintendence of public education furnished a fair criterion for determining the attitude of the individual members of the Board with relation to the policy to be pursued by the Board in the management of the educational interests of the parish; and it was owing to the marked division of sentiment that developed between the other members and myself as to what qualities constituted an aggressive and capable superintendent that I determined to sever my connection with the Board.

 My action was based upon the belief that I would compromise my principal by participating in the administration of the public schools if my view were not in harmony with the views of at least a majority of the directors, an a measure that supplied the only enduring foundation for the establishment of public education in accordance with the intent of the law and the demands of a progressive age.

 I was conscientious in the step I purposed to take, and I believed that my duty lay in my resignation as a director but I have been assured by a good friend of education in Lafayette, a gentleman of acknowledged great common sense and for whose opinion I entertain a high respect, that I would be opposing the true interests of public education by retiring from the School Board after having taken a firm stand for the upbuilding of the public schools, and this friend of education maintains that my just appreciation of the duties of a school director cannot help bearing good fruit with my colleagues on the Board who will, in time, recognize and rectify mistakes committed through thoughtlessness and lack of experience. (And, as a matter of fact, a prominent member of the School Board has already acknowledged to me that the Board as made a "faux pas").

 The friend of education whom I have already quoted, has taken high ground in arriving at his deduction that my reason for resigning as a member of the School Board is the best reason I could possibly have for continuing my connection with the Board, and the sound logic of this deduction is so apparent and forceful I find myself committed to the prospect it holds out of triumph in the end of the very forces for which I am contending and that will conspire for the attainment of the highest and best in all that relates to the priceless blessing of education.

 I am intensely in earnest in this matter of public education, and with this explanation of my resumption of duties as a parish school director, I consider myself entitled to the respect and good will of my colleagues of the School Board, and deserving of the interested support of all true friends of education.
                                    N. P. MOSS.     
Lafayette, La., Sept. 12, 1900.

School Board Proceedings.

 Lafayette, La., Sept. 6, 1900. - A regular meeting of the School Board was held this day with the following members: Messrs. N. P. Moss, A. Olivier, A. Delhomme, S. Montgomery, Pierre Landry, A. C. Guilbeau, H. Theall. Absent: Israel Prejean.

 On motion duly seconded and carried, the reading of the minutes of the last meeting were dispensed with.

 Moved by Dr. Young, seconded by Mr. Theall, that Mr. Aurelien Olivier be appointed president of the School Board. Mr. Olivier, declining and appointment, moved, and was seconded by Mr. Montgomery, that Dr. Moss be appointed president. Motion was carried by acclamation.

 On motion of A. C. Guilbeau, duly seconded by Dr. Young, the resignation of Mr. O. P. Guilbeau as superintendent and secretary of the School Board was accepted, provided said O. P. Guilbeau serve as secretary of the Board at this meeting.

 On motion duly seconded and carried, the president appointed Mr. Olivier and Dr. Young to call on the Police Jury and ascertain from that body when they would pay the balance due the School Board, and what apportionment could they make or provide.

 The Board then adjourned to meet at 2 o'clock p. m.

 At 2 p. m. the Board met with the same members present.

 The committee appointed by the president to call upon the Police Jury, reported that that body stated that they were unable to make any further appropriations for educational purposes this year, but would, informing their next budget, appropriate w mills and perhaps 3, for said purposes.

 Moved by A. C. Guilbeau, seconded b by Dr. Young, that R. C. Wallis be appointed superintendent and secretary at $400 per annum. Moved by Dr. Moss, seconded by A. Delhomme, that Chas. D. Caffery be appointed superintendent and secretary at $500 per annum. The vote stood as follows: For Caffery - Delhomme. For Wallis - Olivier, Landry, Montgomery, Young, Theall, Guilbeau. Mr. Wallis, receiving the majority of the votes, was declared duly elected as secretary and superintendent.

 Dr. Moss tendered his resignation as president of the Board, and on motion of Dr. Young, seconded by Mr. Guilbeau, said resignation was accepted. Moved by Dr. Young, seconded by Mr. Guilbeau, that Mr. Olivier be appointed president by acclamation. The motion was put to a vote and unanimously carried.

 Moved by Dr. Young and seconded and carried, that the superintendent and secretary be paid one hundred dollars quarterly for his services.

 Moved by Dr. Young, seconded by Mr. Landry, that Prof. Stephens and O. P. Guilbeau be appointed as members of the Board of Examiners. Carried.

 Moved by Dr. Young, seconded by Mr. Guilbeau, that all schools of the parish be opened on the first Monday of October, 1900.

 Moved by Mr. Landry, seconded by Mr. Guilbeau, that Dr. Young be appointed on the appointing Board with the president and superintendent. Carried.

 Moved by Dr. Young, seconded by Mr. Landry, that the president and Mr. Theall be appointed to notify Mr. Wallis of his election as superintendent and secretary. Mr. Wallis was introduced and accepted with thankful remarks.

 The Board then adjourned to meet at their next regular meeting.
                O. P. GUILBEAU,
                   Acting Secretary,
Lafayette Gazette 9/15/1900.

City Council Proceedings.

 Lafayette, La., Sept. 8, 1900. - A special meeting of the City Council was held this day, Mayor C. D. Caffery, presiding. Members present: F. E. Girard, H. Hohorst, F. Demanade, J. O. Mouton, C. O. Mouton, G. A. DeBlanc. Absent: J. E. Martin.

 Moved by C. O. Mouton, seconded by F. E. Girard, that Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show be permitted to show in Lafayette and that the license be fixed at fifty ($50) dollars. Adopted.

 Moved and duly seconded, that the matter of the tax rolls for the current year 1900 be referred to the committee. Carried.

 There being no further business the Council adjourned.
     CHAS. D. CAFFERY, Mayor.
Lafayette Gazette 9/15/1900.

Selected News Notes (Gazette) 9/15/1900.

 Buffalo Bill, the real Col. Cody, is advertised to be here on the 25th of October with his famous show.

 Mr. Florent Sontag left Lafayette Tuesday for the North to take up an engagement with the Grau Opera Company.

 Deputy Sheriff Mouton has been presented by Mr. W. E. Shannon, or Rolling Fork, Miss., with a thoroughbred blood-hound. Tom says it will now be a matter of physical impossibility for any criminal to escape.

 Thomas Debaillon has gone to attend Jefferson College, at Convent, La.

 Wanted - Men desiring work in sugar house coming season. Apply Lafayette Sugar Refining Company, Limited.
Lafayette Gazette 9/15/1900.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of September 15th, 1894: 

 More Than a Mistake - A Crime.

 The sugar planters who have severed their connection with the Democratic party to affiliate with the Republican party, have committed more than a mistake - it is a crime.

 There is no probability that the sugar interests will be benefited by such action, whilst the evils which will attend the introduction of the negro in politics will be certain and ruinous to all interests. The people of Louisiana know too well from experience, that their welfare depends upon the ascendancy of the Democratic party, State and National.

 Now, suppose in the course of time these renegade sugar planters should succeed in assisting the Republican party to gain control of the government, what would be the result? Inevitably, a force bill and negro and scallywag rule, and the destruction of our civilization and prosperity. The fearful ordeal through which we passed some years ago, should be forever remembered. The people of Louisiana have not forgotten the long, bitter and desperate struggle for white supremacy and good government. Would these sugar planters revive the dark methods of reconstruction, in the sole and selfish expectation of making a little more money?  Lafayette Advertiser 9/15/1894. 


At the Advertiser Office. - The Advertiser Job office booked twenty one orders for job work and commercial printing this week. We mention the fact not because it is one of unusual occurrence but for the reason that we just happened to think of it. Lafayette Advertiser 9/15/1894.

Emigration to the South. 
    [ From the Times-Democrat.]

 As we have already noticed, good work is being done in the Northwest just now in the interest of emigration to the South. It is our best field-to-day. There is little European emigration to this country; indeed, more people are leaving the United States than are coming here, and it is useless, therefore, to bid for this emigration, but in the Northwest there are thousands of persons discontented with present conditions and anxious to move elsewhere. And the South offers them the very home they are looking for.

 Under such circumstances it is evidently in that section that we must agitate if we wish to turn the tide of immigration Southward. The papers there are doing good work by laying before their home people the resources and advantages of the South. We have already noted their favorable mention of this section. Here is one from the New Hampton Times, of Iowa, taken up with singing the praises of Alabama, Western Tenneessee in advertisements and long articles which seems to have been the joint product of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad and the Birmingham Commercial Club. A representative of the railroad is in Iowa working up another home seekers' excursion to the South. He is accompanied by the Alabama Commissioners of Agriculture, and is co-operating with other railroads. The excursionists are to be carried at one fare for the round trip, and they are supplied in advance with ample information about the value of lands and the possibilities of agriculture. The newspaper mentioned contains an article of one and a quarters columns on "West Tennessee and Kentucky," another of nearly a page on "Southern Truck Farms and Farming," and about two columns of other matter on similar topics.

 Other Iowa papers have contained very similar articles on Louisiana, the Illinois Central and Southern Pacific co-operating to bring to the attention of the Iowa farmers the advantages of this State, and having done so with great success. The Louisville and Nashville is now at work, it will be seen, in the same section in the interest, of Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama and other States it traverses.

 Here is practical work that will yield good fruit. We of Louisiana can bear testimony to it, for we have seen the prairies of Southwest Louisiana blossom as a rose in consequence of the settlement there of the Iowa colonists. If all the railroads will follow the same course as the Illinois Central, Southern Pacific, Louisville and Nashville, and some other lines that have interested themselves in immigration, the problem we have been so long pottering over, and which we have held so many conventions to consider, will be solved in a most practical and successful manner. It was in this way, through the agency of its railroads, that the West secured most of its colonists. The South can do the same to-day if all its roads will interest themselves in immigration, as those we mention have done.

 From the Times-Democrat and in the Lafayette Advertiser 9/15/1894.  

A View to Investing. - Messrs. Marsh and Jerrel of Claiborne parish, come through Lafayette this week, prospecting with a view of investing in farm lands. Through the courtesy of Mr. Tom Hopkins they were enabled to see and learn much of this session. The gentlemen were vary favorably impressed with the country and may decide to locate hereabouts later on if they procure land at what they consider a fair price. Lafayette Advertiser 9/15/1894.

 Will Remain In Lafayette. -We have learned that when our fellow parishioner Mr. A. Brower determined to sell his farm east of town, to Mr. A. J. Ross, last week, it was to take charge of the old homestead on account of the failing health of his aging parents. The unexpected intelligence of his father's death within 24 hours after he had sold his farm and home to Mr. Ross, has caused Mr. Bower to postpone his original intention and it is not improbable that the will now conclude to remain in Lafayette and arrange to have his mother come and reside with him. We hope Mr. Brower will decide to not leave our parish as he justly enjoys the reputation of being one of our most law abiding citizens, and for that reason we could ill-afford to lose him.    Lafayette Advertiser 9/15/1894.

 Billeaud Cotton Gin. - For two or three weeks past Messrs. Joseph and Ludovic Billeaud have been actively engaged in putting the Leon Billeaud have been actively engaged in putting the Leon Billeaud cotton gin in perfect condition for the present crop, and everything being in readiness for it now, this gin is about to be put in regular operation for the remainder of the season. Lafayette Advertiser 9/15/1894.

New South B. & L. Assoc. - Mr. H. J. Evans, the hustling State Agent of the New South Building and Loan Association of New Orleans, was in town several days this week looking after the interests of his association in this section. It will be remembered that the New South established a branch in Lafayette some months ago, whose affairs were placed in the hands of a Board of Directors having the following officers: Chas. O. Mouton, president; John O. Mouton, vice-president; S. R. Parkerson, secretary; Chas. D. Caffery, attorney. Lafayette Advertiser 9/15/1900.

 Sprole Back Home. - Master Allen Sprole, the prodigal son, returned to the scene of his home on the 9th. instant, after an absence of many weeks during which he traveled through twenty-three states, Indian Territory and the District of Columbia. "Al" gives some very interesting accounts of his 'trip around the world' and at times things did go a little hard with him and his companion Ignatious Weigel. He is at home and safe now, though and withal appears quite satisfied with the experience he has gained. Master Ignatious parted company with "Al" at Gretna, where he intends to remain for a while.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/15/1894.

School Not Ready. - Contractor Fred Mouton not being ready by 24 hours to deliver up possession of the public school building, Prof. Greig contented himself with simply enrolling applicants for admission to school, last Monday morning. The regular session was begun Tuesday, however, and up to date the total number of pupils registered is 130. It being impossible for the principal and one assistant to properly care for a large number, Prof. Greig has engaged the services of Miss Lizzie Mudd, youngest daughter of Dr. Mudd, to fill the position of second assistant, subject to the approval of the School Board.   Lafayette Advertiser 9/15/1894.


 A series of social entertainments is announced to take place within the next two weeks.

 First on the program comes the dramatic representation at Falk's Opera House, to-night, by the Amateurs of Breaux Bridge, composed of the following plays:
 10. Les Souhaits.
 20. Une Nuit au Faulhorn.
 30. Au Diables les Femmes.
 40 Grand Ball.

 Let us hope the residents of Lafayette will liberally patronize this entertainment and thereby acknowledge their appreciation of the generous public services rendered by their neighbors of Breaux Bridge on several occasions in the past. The general admission is 25 cents and 25 cents extra for reserved seats.

 Next on the tapis will be the Grand Dance under the auspices of the young men of Lafayette, the 22nd. instant, at Falk's Opera House. Messrs. C. T. Bienvenu, F. Guidry, E. T. McBride and Louis Lacoste compose the invitation committee.

 And last, but not least, is the Fancy Dress and Calico Ball, the first of the season, to occur at Falk's Opera House, also, on Saturday, the 29th. instant. Admission 50 cents. So it will be seen that Lafayette will have a full complement of public amusements for awhile at least. Lafayette Advertiser 9/15/1894.

Eunice Auction Sale.

 Despite the inclemency of the weather all along the line on the 12th, inst., a large number of people heid themselves to Eunice to attend the great auction sale of lots. At Eunice the rain had fallen several hours before the arrival of the last excursion strain, left very little trace of itself, so that to all intents and purposes the 12th was a fair day for the auction sale. The bidding was quite spirited at times with the result that several of the most desirable lots offered commanded most high figures. We witnessed the sale of a vary considerable number of lots all of which brought quite full prices, we thought. The principal investors hailed from New Orleans, and purchases, generally impressed us as being for the purposes of speculation, and not for immediate improvement. We were well pleased with the lay and arrangement of Eunice. The grading of the streets was especially good, all the thoroughfares being decidedly broad and inviting. Several buildings, three of which are two stories high, already dot the plat of ground. A 20-room hotel, a good size general store, a drug store and other minor avocations are in full operation and no doubt, Eunice has come to stay, especially as it is surrounded by a great expanse of very good tillable lands. We remember seeing the following representatives of Lafayette at Eunice on the day of the auction sale: Mayor Wm. Campbell, Town-marshal John Vigneaux, Sheriff I. A. Broussard, Jailor Hebert Billeaud, Dr. N. P. Moss, Lieut. Jas. A. Moss and Messrs. Tom Hopkins, A. Labe, B. A. Salles, Felix Salles, Robt. Randall, Robt. Rand and C. J. Sanders. Lafayette Advertiser 9/15/1894.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 9/15/1894.

 The Advertiser Job office booked twenty-one orders for job work and commercial printing this week. We mention the fact not because it is one of unusual occurrence, but for the reason that we just happened to think of it.

 Mr. C. B. Porch, the popular resident agent of the Waters Pierce Oil Co., crossed the state line of Missouri last Monday and on the following Thursday returned home with a fair bride. The best wishes of The Advertiser for a long and happy wedded life.

 A tramp had his foot badly mashed this week, between two draw heads in the Lafayette yard.

 Messrs. Sterling Mudd and Don Greig are leaving to-morrow for Port Gibson, Miss., to resume their collegiate studies.

 Messrs. P. L. DeClouet and Julian Mouton represented Lafayette parish at the Democratic Convention at New Iberia the 8th instant.

 Gen. Manager Kruttshnitt, General Superintendent Van Vleck, Supt. Mulvey, Messrs, Cushing, Calburn and others of the Southern Pacific Rail Road passed through this point Monday on an inspection tour.

 The marriage of Mr. Henry Bendel to Miss Blanche Lehman, of New York City, is announced to take place on the 25th of this month. Mr. Henry Bendel is a son of Mrs. B. Falk of our town, and a prosperous merchant of Morgan City.

 We welcome into the circle of The Advertiser's subscribers this week, Capt. A. J. Ross of the railroad bridge gang and the owner of the A. Brower model farm near this town.

Lafayette Advertiser 9/15/1894.

 From the Lafayette Gazette of September 15th, 1894:


A Northern Newspaper Editor's Impressions.

 J. D. Rose, a newspaperman from Hardin, Illinois, came to this town a few weeks ago, and through the courtesy of C. B. Porch he was shown a portion of our country. The following which appeared in Hardin Herald are his impressions of this section:

 "From this place I took a branch of the Southern Pacific Railroad for Lafayette, a distance South of almost 100 miles arriving there about 1:30 p. m. Its name is appropriate to the inhabitants. It is an old French town of about 3500 population and very poorly systematized in its construction as a town. The inhabitants are principally Creoles, with a large per cent of negroes. They speak their language almost exclusively, but can speak the English language fluently and rank second to no other place in their kindness and hospitable treatment to a stranger. Through the courtesy of a young drummer, Mr. C. B. Porch by name, traveling salesman for one of the leading oil companies of his town, I was treated to a most enjoyable buggy trip over that section of the country in company with Mr. Porch and H. J. Mouton, editor and proprietor of the Lafayette Gazette, both of whom we found to be well informed gentlemen, and generous to a fault. The trip enabled me to gain some practicable knowledge by personal observation of, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful countries the sun shines upon. We left Lafayette in the early morning, and drove for miles and miles over the smooth surface, through the wide lanes hedged in by the southern hedge and occasionally strips of the old modlock, but strange to say we passed but very creditable farm residences.

 We soon came to the historic little village of Carencro, a very pretty little place situated on the Lafayette branch of the Southern Pacific Railroad.
After spending a few moments there, we drove to the great and widely known Huron plantation, where we were welcomed at the plantation store by Mr. T. L. Baily, general book keeper, the manager being absent, and it was through the courtesy of this gentleman that we were shown through one of the most gigantic sugar refineries in the South. It was near Breaux Bridge in the Teche country, said to be the wealthiest part of the State. Ir is in this part of the State and along the Teche Bayou, where the stately oak, cypress, black and sweet gum grow in all their magnificence and are claimed as the primeval forests through which the sweet-face Evangeline wended her way in search of her betrothed Gabriel. While so often being reminded that we were on the grounds once tread upon by this charming Acadian, many, many years ago, and the subject of Longfellow's favorite poem, and looking at the pine and cypress, decorated at the pine and cypress, decorated with their flowing moss, it called to my mind while hardly appropriate to clime, the following stanza:

 After passing along this country for several miles we came to the town of Arnaudville in St. Landry parish. It was here, I saw the first figs growing and enjoyed the privilege, through the courtesy of the Rogers Bros., very wealthy merchants and real estate owners of that town, of gathering this delicious fruit from the trees and eating to my hearts content. Leaving this town we set out for Lafayette and after passing plantation after plantation of growing sugar cane, cotton and corn, we arrived at the end of our destination long after the twilight hours had passed us, but in ample time for me to load my "freight" for the city of Crowley on the eleven o'clock train after bidding those two very estimable gentlemen good night."

 From the Hardin (Illinois) Herald and in the Lafayette Gazette 9/15/1894. 

At Falk's Hall. -  A company of amateurs from Breaux Bridge, the town of theatres, pretty girls, good music, and whiskey-toddies, will play two short comedies at Falk's Opera House tonight. Those who witnessed these plays at Breaux Bridge a few days ago informed us that they are well worth the price of admission.
Lafayette Gazette 9/15/1894.

Our New Neighbor. - Eunice, the newest of the new, has been visited by several of our citizens this week. Eunice, like Crowley, will stand as a living monument to the enterprise of the Duson brothers. It will show to old fogies the efficacy of printer's ink judiciously used. Laf. Gazette 9/15/1894.

"A propros of the Races.?" - It is surprising how some people make it a practice to get "loaded," and then wind up the spree with a genuine turf fight. The managers of race courses, should not allow such disgraceful fistic (biting, maiming and gouging) encounters. It is certainly not pleasant to see a man disfigured by biting and scratching, with his eyes like glass balls popping from his head. Shame! shame! Lafayette Gazette 9/15/1894. 

 Sign of the Times. - Little painted planks, with index point, and name of town, can be seen at all corner roads. That law is a good one, as strangers will now have no difficulty whatever, in finding their various destinations. Lafayette Gazette 9/15/1894.

What Do those Tall Weeds Hide?

  One day last week a reporter walking along a principal street eyed a prominent resident engaged in cutting down the high weeds that are growing luxuriantly, undisturbed by the ravaging jaws of the milch cow or the hand of the municipal street repairer. It was a fortunate thing that the gentleman was tall and wore a high beaver, for he himself would have been completely obscured. The reporter looked at him awhile and thought of what he was after. Was it a rattle snake that he wanted to kill, or an alligator, or perhaps he was after a mischievous 'possum which had devastated his chicken house. The more he cut, the more in earnest he seemed to be. He reminded one of the pictures of Daniel Boone and the other pioneers who had to cut their way through the thick forests of the primeval days. He might not have been engaged in a work as necessary to the march of civilization as what that of the famous woodsman, but his savage look and the ferocious passes he made with his hoe impressed one with his stern determination. He would stop awhile to breathe, and again he would resume his arduous labors. Suddenly he posed like a setter before a flock of partridges; a smile of contentment illuminated his careworn visage; a sigh of relief broke the silence and he yelled out: "Here is it is!" It was his bridge. The weeds had so completely covered it that it had been dead to the world these past three months.
Lafayette Gazette 9/15/1894.

 Lizzie Mudd To Teach. The public school under the efficient principal, Prof. R. C. Greig, began the session with an enrollment of 130 children. This large attendance necessitated the services of another teacher and Miss Lizzie Mudd, a young lady possessing the necessary qualifications, was engaged. Lafayette Gazette 9/15/1894.

 To be Wed. - The Gazette has received an invitation to attend the marriage of Miss Blanche Lehman to Henry Bendel, Tuesday evening, September 25, 1894 at 117 East 64th street, New York. Mr. Bendel has lived here is well and favorably known; he is now a leading merchant at Morgan City. Lafayette Gazette 9/15/1894.

 Base-ball. - As per agreement the Hard-to-Beats of Scott showed up Sunday afternoon with a fixed determination to wipe the earth with the celebrated Evening Stars, but owing to the wet condition of the earth they were compelled to forego that pleasure. If the weather be fair they will return to t0-morrow when the question of championship will be definitely settled.
Lafayette Gazette 9/15/1894.

The Lafayette Nine. - Our boys braved the elements last Sunday and went to Carencro to play a game of base ball with the club of that town. The Lafayette boys were far superior players and before the game was over their opponents threw up the sponge. The score stood 17 to 2. We understand that the Carencro boys will practice with a view of regaining their lost laurels.  Lafayette Gazette 9/15/1894.

Calico Party at Falk's. - The young men of Lafayette, headed by that indefatigable pleasure-seeker, Louis Lacoste, will open the season by a calico ball at Falk's on the 22nd instant which promises to be a brilliant social event whose success will be the talk of the young folks for many days to come. If we may judge by the elaborate preparations it will knock all former efforts into utter insignificance.  Lafayette Gazette 9/15/1894.

 High School Opened. - Prof. LeRosen opened the High School with an attendance of sixty-six pupils, thirty-three being from the country, which is proof enough that the High School is a parish institution and its beneficent results are not restricted to this town as some people erroneously claim. It is absolutely necessary that an assistant to Prof. LeRosen be appointed without delay. We hope the school authorities will see their way clear to immediate action in the matter. Lafayette Advertiser 9/15/1894.

Selected News Notes (Gazette) 9/15/1894.
A ball is advertised to take place on Saturday, Sept. 29, at Falk's.

 Genial Baxter Clegg was quite ill three days this week, but he is up and as vigorous.

 As a matter of historical fact the Town Council should ascertain the height of the weeds in some parts of town.

 The addition to the school house gives a very neat appearance to the building which is now handsome as well as commodious. The work was done under the supervision of that skillful workman, Fred Mouton.

 Mr. B. A. Salles, who was present at the sales at Eunice, informed The Gazette that the prices ranged from $35 to $225, amounting to about $14,000 the first day. There were over 2,000 people on the grounds.

 The members of the Parish Democratic Executive Committee are hereby notified to meet at the court-house on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 12 o'clock.

 The Whistle of the cotton gin can be heard from all points of the compass. Cotton is yielding a fair crop, and notwithstanding the low prices, business is picking up, with the farmers as active and hopeful as ever.

 Little painted planks, with index point, and name of town, can be seen at all corner roads. That law is a good one, as strangers will now have no difficulty whatever, in finding their various destinations.
Lafayette Gazette 9/15/1894.


Educating the Negro
From the N. O. Daily States.

 The States elsewhere refers to Representative Grosvenor's paper in The Forum threatening the reduction of the South's representation in the House and in the electoral college because of the disfranchisement of negro voters. In the article referred to mention is made of one of his objections to this disfranchisement, which is that it will stop all progress by the race in education. In such an event, he says, "the colored man can look forward to simply a lower stage of degradation. He knows that if this scheme is put into operation his children and his children's children for all time to come are to be in practical slavery. This assertion on the part of the Ohio congressman evidences that, in common with the people of his section, he is either densely ignorant in the premises or deliberately falsifies facts. If the South had wished to arrest the progress of negro education it could have done so effectually many years ago. Since the end of the carpet-bar regime the States of the South have had Democratic administrations. Time and again propositions have been submitted in the Legislatures of these States to devote to the education of the blacks only such revenues as were collected from the race through the regular channels of taxation. It is to the credit of the hearts of the Southern white people, whatever may be said of their heads, that they would never countenance such methods, and that they have given to the negro children the same free educational facilities they have provided for their own children; and, too, they have done this when they knew they were aiding, or thought they were siding, a race whose prejudices could not be modified by education, if, indeed, by say other means, and who would vote solidly against any proposition, either of National, State or local importance, which was advocated by a majority of the white people of the South. And this system will be continued, notwithstanding that the number of antagonistic negro voters will thereby be increased. We would here incidentally disclaim any, the least credit for this exercise of mistaken magnanimity of taxing white people to educate the blacks. We have always contended, and results have vindicated the truth of the contention, that the negroes would be more contented and better citizens without a smattering of education that with it. They enforce the truth of the saying that "a little learning is a dangerous thing." It mentally unfits them for their vocation in life, makes them dissatisfied with manual labor and adds nothing to their material prosperity.

 From the Daily States and in the Lafayette Gazette 9/15/1900.

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