From the Lafayette Gazette of September 17th, 1898:
Home Building and Loan Association.
A number of gentlemen interested in the organization of a local building and loan association met last Thursday evening, pursuant to a call, at the court-house. A committee composed of Messrs. Chas. D. Caffery, C. O. Mouton and E. G. Voorhies was appointed to draft a charter and solicit subscriptions to shares. One hundred shares were subscribed on the spot and it is safe to say the success of the new enterprise is already assured. Here is golden opportunity for building up the town, and giving wage earners a sage and profitable investment. A few dollars per month will not be missed and in time will prove a comfortable item in case of a rainy day.
The scheme is perfectly honest and the books and accounts of the association will always be open to inspection by shareholders. Backed and controlled by our citizens of known integrity, the enterprise affords every reasonable assurance to depositors and we trust that the committee soliciting shares will meet with that measure of success to which the new organization is so richly entitled. All shareholders and others interested are requested to meet at city hall next Friday evening at 8 o'clock, Sept. 23, to organize permanently and elect officers. Lafayette Gazette 9/17/1898.
The democracy of the parish has instructed its delegates to vote for Hon. Robert F. Broussard for Congress and Hon. Overton Cade for railroad commissioner.
Messrs. Broussard and Cade are in every way worthy of the high compliment paid them by their fellow Democrats of Lafayette parish. Both have been tried in positions of honor and trust and it is the verdict that they have not been found wanting.
Mr. Broussard, as is well-known, is our present representative in Congress. That his record there is eminently satisfactorily to his constituents, is shown by the unanimous action of the Democracy in the different parishes to give him the nomination. That he will be nominated, there is no doubt, and his election is equally certain.
Hon. Overton Cade is well-known to the people of Lafayette parish, whom he has already served with credit. He represented this parish in the State Legislation and hiss record in that body is proof enough of his integrity and incorruptibility. He is honest, well-informed, broad-minded, and we believe that he will, if elected, make a valuable member of the railroad commission. In endorsing his candidacy the Democracy of Lafayette has honored a good citizen and a staunch Democrat. Lafayette Gazette 9/17/1898.
At Variance With the Facts.
The St. Louis Globe-Democrat of Sunday prints the following.
"Frank Printz, who a little less than a decade ago was the recognized champion long-distance swimmer of America, is to-day a patient at the Lutheran Hospital in this city, totally blind, the result of an attempted assassination. About four months ago Printz was in Louisiana, the superintendent of construction for the Consolidated Engineering Company, a corporation putting up electric light and waterworks in that State. One night in Lafayette parish, Printz stepped into a saloon to get a cigar. While he was lighting it a row started between a railroad man and some other men. Printz, a big, stalwart fellow, interfered in the interest of peace, and soon quelled the disturbance. Suddenly the railroad man, who had started the row, raised a shotgun and fired at Printz. The load took effect in his right arm. Printz turned around just as his assailant discharged the second barrel, loaded with birdshot. The shot blew out his right eye and destroyed the sight of the other. Between the two shots Printz drew his revolver and fired on the railroad man, but without effect. Printz was brought here by his friends and placed in the Lutheran Hospital, where he remains. Aside from his blindness he is in perfect health. He is a member in good standing of the National Association of Stationary Engineers, from which he should have received a benefit of $500, which, however, he has not received, and as a matter of fact, the association has shown a disposition to neglect him. The local Brotherhood of Stationary Engineers, on the contrary, has given him assistance."
Had the author of the above tried he could not have succeeded better to write an account of this unfortunate affair more at variance with the facts. It is needless to recount the particulars of the shooting which resulted so seriously to Printz. Suffice to say that the grand jury has, after a full investigation of the case, refused to indict Ignatious Weiggle, who did the shooting. Printz was a very competent engineer and while engaged in superintending the construction of the electric light and waterworks plant at this place gave evidence of a thorough knowledge of his profession and seemed anxious to do his work properly. Unfortunately he fell victim to certain influences to which he owes his present trouble. Lafayette Gazette9/17/1898.
Sunday Law Violators.
Violators of the Sunday law were having their inning with the grand jury Tuesday evening and Friday morning. Liquor dealers from the different parts of the parish testified before the jury and as a result a large number of indictments were expected. the familiar faces of those citizens who are supposed to take their cocktail on the Sabbath morning as well as on other less sacred mornings were seen around the room of the grand inquisitors. From all appearances quite a sum will be collected from Sunday law violators to be turned over to the school fund after the usual fees have been taken out of it:
Now that violators of the Sunday law are to be tried by the court instead of a jury of twelve, it will be the part of wisdom for every fellow who has sold whiskey on Sunday, to plead guilty and take his medicine in the most unobjectionable form.
There are many may who believe that under the former system it was impossible to enforce the Sunday law, but that now it will be an easy matter for the officers to rigidly enforce this unpopular statute. A large majority of the people of this parish are opposed to the Sunday law, but as law-abiding citizens they do not like to see it violated with impunity as it has been in the past. Lafayette Gazette 9/17/1898.
BOARD OF HEALTH.
Appointed by the City Council - The New Law an Improvement.
The City Council met last Wednesday and appointed Drs. J. D. Trahan, F. R. Tolson, P. M. Girard, N. P. Moss and Mr Wm. Clegg members of the municipal board of health, created by act No. 192 of the last session of the General Assembly. Under this act the City Councils and Police Juries of the different towns and parishes are authorized to form local boards which are intended to operate with the State Board of health and to carry out a uniform system of quarantine throughout this State. The law provides that the board shall meet on the Tuesday following its appointment. The members are appointed for four years without pay, excepting the chairman, who may receive a salary fixed by the Council. The board is empowered to appoint a health officer to enforce the requirements of the board in matters of sanitation, and to act as secretary.
The board shall have authority to pass health and sanitary ordinances for defining and abating public nuisances dangerous to the public health, to regulate drainage and ventilation with reference to human habitation and places of business and public resort; to regulate the carrying on a trade and business injurious to public health; for the disposition of fecal matter and garbage, to regulate the erection of building with due regard to the filling of lots and the grading thereof, and the arrangements of said buildings; for the vacation of, demolishing of buildings for the protection of the public health; for the registration of births, deaths and marriages and the keeping of vital statistic to be reported to the State board of health.
The purpose of the law is to entrust full power to the local boards to establish, control and administer all matters of strictly and purely local sanitation, not affecting other portions of the State.
In the event that a case of a contagious or infectious disease is reported to the local board it shall be immediately isolate and the fact communicated to the State board. On receipt of such information, the president of the State board shall, if he deem necessary, send expert physicians to examine the disease and if it is declared to be of a contagious or infectious nature, liable to spread, the State board shall instruct the health officer of the local board as to what steps are to be taken. In the vent that the local authorities fail or neglect to so act, the State board shall take charge and manage the case through its own officers and employees at the expense of the municipality.
In case that any parish, town or city becomes infected with any contagious or infectious disease, the State board is empowered to issue a proclamation, declaring the facts and ordering it in quarantine, ordering also the local boards of other towns and parishes to quarantine against the infected locality. The State board will establish the rules and regulation, terms and conditions on which intercourse will be permitted, The State board will render to the municipal boards all the financial assistance in its power.
The act is rather long and we are unable to print it all. Suffice to say that it contains some excellent provisions which we believe will be productive of good results.
Drs. J. D. Trahan and P. M. Girard having declined to serve as members of the local board, the Council met yesterday and appointed Dr. F. E. Girard and Mr. C. O. Mouton in their stead. Lafayette Gazette 9/17/1898.
Meeting of the Democratic Executive Committee.
Lafayette, La., Sept. 10, 1898. - Pursuant to call the Democratic executive committee for the parish of Lafayette met this day at the court-house.
Chairman John Hahn called the meeting to order, and the members answered to their names as follows: Paul L. DeClouet, P. A. Delhomme, J. A. Labbe, A. Olivier, Simeon Cormier (by proxy), H. Theall (by proxy), A. C. Guilbeau (by proxy). Absent Homer Durio, Dr. M. L. Lyons.
The following resolution was offered by Mr. Olivier and adopted:
The parish Democratic executive committee having been authorized to appoint delegates; and the Democracy of the parish of Lafayette being united in its support of the Hon. R. F. Broussard for re-nomination as a candidate for Congress, and for the nomination of the Hon. Overton Cade as a candidate for railroad commissioner for this district;
Be it resolved that the following named gentlemen be and are hereby appointed delegates to represent this parish at Thibodeaux September 19, 1898, and at the convention to meet at Baton Rouge Sept. 21, 1898, for the selection of a candidate for railroad commissioner: Alexandre Delhomme, L. S. Broussard, Alcide Leblanc, Ed. G. Voorhies, Dr. N. D. Broussard, W. B. Torian, A. M. Martin, Leo L. Judice, I. A. Broussard, Albert Labbe, Dr. A. O. Clarke, E. L. Estorge, Dr. J. P. Francez, William Couret, Octave Guilbeau, Julian Mouton, Wm. Campbell, Dr. G. W. Scranton.
Resolved, further, That the candidacies of Hon. R. F. Broussard for Congress, and Hon. Overton Cade for railroad commissioner, are hereby endorsed; that a majority of the delegates present cast the vote of the parish as a unit on all questions, and that these proceedings be the credentials of the delegates.
The committee then adjourned.
Chairman Democratic Executive
P. L. DECLOUET, Secretary.
The above being endorsed by our committee, with resolutions and recommendations.
D. A. COCHRANE, Chairman Democratic Executive Committee, Lafayette, La.
Attest: WM. CAMPBELL, Secretary pro tem.
Lafayette Gazette 9/17/1898.
Organization of the Building and Loan Association.
Last Thursday evening pursuant to call a number of gentlemen desirous of organizing a Home Building and Loan Association met at the court house to devise for carrying out that object. Messrs. Chas. D. Caffery, C. O. Mouton, and E. G. Voorhies were appointed a committee to draft a charter and solicit subscription to shares. Those present subscribed 100 shares and judging from the enthusiasm displayed by all little difficulty will be experienced in securing the requisite number of shares to insure the success of the move.
The promoters of this enterprise are all men of known integrity and business capacity and are determined to push the matter to successful issue. Nearly every town in the state has one or more building associations in successful operation, and there is no reason why Lafayette should not have the same advantages. Why not keep our money at home instead of investing in concerns a distance away, and of which we know little or nothing. We feel confident that the new enterprise will receive the hearty support to which it is entitled and will prove a most important factor in the material development of our town, as well as a source of profit to those who invest their savings. All shareholders are invited to meet at the city hall next Friday night Sept. 23rd, at 8 o'clock to organize permanently and elect officers. Lafayette Advertiser 9/17/1898.
Laf. a Wagon Market?
We extract from the "Lafayette Gazette" the following:
The question of making Lafayette a wagon market for cotton is being agitated by many of our business men. The other day a gentleman largely identified with the business in this town, gave expression to the following views which struck us as being particularly forcible; He said:
"Every citizen of Lafayette, regardless of what his business may be, is directly interested in assisting to build up as a wagon-cotton market.
"Almost without a solitary exception in every town along the line of the Southern Pacific Railroad between New Iberia and Alexandria, farmers haul and sell their cotton directly to buyers.
"There can be no argument that our merchants will sell no wagons, no drugs, no groceries, no dry goods, no anything to the farmer who finds his market at Scott, Broussardville, Breaux Bridge, Carencro, or any other town than Lafayette, and is a duty which every citizen of Lafayette owes to himself to strive to put this town on the same footing as, for instance, Opelousas, which handles from 15,000 to 17,000 bales of wagon-cotton annually. Although as such cotton is raised within 20 miles of us as within the same area of Opelousas, yet Lafayette has never had a bale of cotton said on her streets, up to this season, simply because we were not awake to our opportunity.
"Competition makes trade and as soon as it is known that Lafayette is a wagon-cotton market buyers will compete so keenly for the staple that prices obtained will attract farmers here for miles and miles. around."
Lafayette Advertiser 9/17/1898.
We have been permitted to make the following extract from a letter to Judge Moss. It is highly complimentary to Lieut. James A. Moss, especially so, as coming from the commander of his regiment:
"Lieut. Moss did nobly at El Caney, and I hope to be able to obtain him for some recognition for his gallant and skillful handling of his company. You and Mrs. Moss may well be proud of your son,
A. S. DAGGETT.
We learn that Lieut. Moss is in a hospital at Newport, R. I., suffering from a severe attack of the malarial fever contracted at Santiago, but is now improving very satisfactorily.
Lafayette Gazette 9/17/1898.
New Millinery. - Misses Mimie Cayret and Lorena Marsh will open a millinery store on the 19th of this month in the building opposite Mrs. John O. Mouton's store. Laf. Gazette 9/17/1898.
A regular term of the district court convened last Monday with Judge Debaillon on the bench.
The following grand jury was empaneled with Marcel Melancon as foreman: B. F. Flanders, Victor E. Dupuis, Alfred A. Delhomme, Norbert Reaux, Sr., Sidney Mouton, Adolphe Doucet, George A. DeBlanc, Simon Boudreaux, Charles Burke, Jules J. Mouton, Hebert Billeaud.
In two partial reports the grand jury reported the following true bills:
Alfred Riggs, larceny.
Adrien Dugas, assault and battery.
Walter Hebert, larceny.
Isaac Porter, carrying concealed weapon.
Frank Gumbo, inflicting a woundless mayhem.
Joe Albarado, assault and battery.
Haywood Foote, David Spell, Ford Somner, Adam Foreman, Lolo Hoffpauir, Francis Spell, Dallas Foote, Lawrence Foreman, Bennet Foreman, Nathan Perry, disturbing a peaceable assembly for religious service.
Bud Stutes, Alcide Foreman, same charge as above.
Jno. Flornoy, assault and battery and concealed weapon.
Isaac Porter, stealing a ride.
Edwin Brown, carrying concealed weapon.
Olivier Jeffrey, assault with intent to commit rape.
Daniel McCoy, obscene language and trespass.
Osa Blanchard, larceny.
Paul Arceneaux, assault and battery.
Edgar Dugas, larceny.
William To,. larceny.
Berchman's Valentin, larceny.
Desire Breaux, striking with intent to murder. Thursday morning the above named parties were arraigned. Osa Blanchard, Adam Francois, Alfred Riggs and Dallas Foote pleaded guilty. The other cases were fixed for trial.
In the cases of Ignatious Weiggle for lying in wait and shooting with intent to kill, and A. O. Budro for abduction, the fury failed to return any indictments.
The jury made its final report yesterday too late for publication in this issue. Lafayette Gazette 9/17/1898.
Lafayette, La., Sept. 1, 1898. - The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: R. C. Landry, C. C. Brown, Ben Avant, Alonzo Lacey, Jno. Whittington, Jr., Jno. E. Primeaux and M. Billaud, Jr. Absent: Alfred Hebert.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.
Attorney Campbell asked, in behalf of Pacal Mouleaon and others, that the resolution odering all dams on Bayou Queue Tortue to be removed, he held in abeyance until next regular meeting so as to give all persons interested an opportunity to represent the actual state of affairs involved. Granted.
The fixing of the salaries of justices and constables was again postponed.
Messrs. F. V. and W. S. Hull appeared before the Jury and explained the position held by the Pauly Jail Building Company relative to the operation of the evaporating vault in the parish jail. The Jury visited the jail and the conditions there demonstrated being satisfactory it was resolved that the amount now due the Pauly Company be paid, the Jury reserving all rights secured under the guarantee of the contract.
Mr. Ambroise Mouton here appeared and explained the benefits to be derived from judicious advertisements of the material resources and manufacturing interests of the parish and asked for an appropriation to assist the enterprise. By motion the sum of $25 was appropriated for said purpose.
The sum of $30 was appropriated to repair the Burton Smith public school house in the 2nd ward.
A petition asking for the repair of a public road in the 4th ward was read and the matter postponed until further investigation.
The sum of $300 was appropriated to build a bridge across Bayou Vermilion at Prazin (unreadable) agreeable to petition.
The committee appointed to draft an ordinance levying a special license tax for public roads reported the following which was adopted:
Lafayette, La., Sept. 1st, 1898. - To the Hon. President and Members Police Jury Lafayette Parish: We, the undersigned, appointed as a committee to fix licenses for vehicles owned in this parish for the year 1898, beg to report that the following are the result of our deliberations:
On each sulky ... 25 cents
On each single buggy ... 35 cents
On each double barouche ... 50 cents
On each wagon ... 75 cents
On each bicycle ... 50 cents
Livery and other vehicles traveling in the parish to be charged as above.
We recommend that in addition to the above, that a special per capita tax of $1 be levied upon each male citizen between the ages of 18 and 55 years, the same to be used as road fund as per provisions of the new constitution.
C. C. BROWN, BEN AVANT, Committee.
Lafayette, La., Sept. 1st., 1898. - The following accounts were laid over: Fireman Guidry, building bridges $17.00; Adou Primeaux, work on 6 briar hooks, $2.10.
The following accounts were approved:
A. M. Martin, assessor's fees ... $871.82
I. A. Broussard, feeding prisoners ... $192.15
Broussard & Meaux, nails etc. ... .85
J. B. Dennis, repair of bridge ... $2.00
Waterworks, light, etc. ... $3.45
H. Van der Cruyssen, record covers ... $18.00
Fred Dupre, box for water pipe ... $1.25
A. R. Trahan, parish physician ... $20.00
A. Greig, J. E. Mouton, Ed. L. Estorge, L. L. Judice, Gus. Lacoste, jury commissioners each ... $5.00
E. G. Voorhies, clerk's fees ... $10.00
J. A. Robicheaux, Alf. Chargois, witnesses, each ... $2.50
There being no further business the Jury adjourned.
R. C. LANDRY, President.
R. C. Greig, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/17/1898.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of September 17th, 1870:
Horse Thief & Murderer Arrested.
On Thursday night Sheriff Landry with his deputies, made a raid on Cote Gelee, and captured two individuals belonging to a band of horse and cattle thieves and murderers, who have been carrying on an extensive business in that way throughout the Attakapas Parishes and in St. Landry and Calcasieu. Julien Guidry, a horse thief, and (unreadable first name) Broussard, an accomplice in the murder of Saunders and others, which occurred on Bayou Tigre, in the Parish of Vermilion some months ago, were arrested and are now in jail ; the officers are on the track of several others of the band and it is hoped that they will be arrested soon. These scamps should be caught and dealt with by all means. The officers of other Parishes should be on the alert. Lafayette Advertiser 9/17/1870.
City Council of Vermilionville.
Regular Session of Sept. 5th 1870.
Present : W. O. Smith, Mayor; Members J. H. Wise, Wm. Brandt and B. A. Salles. Absent: Messrs. Landry and Gagneaux.
The minutes of the preceding were read and approved.
On motion, it was resolved, that a petition signed by the Mayor and members of the City Council be addressed to the Police Jury of the Parish, requesting the honorable body to repeal the following resolution, passed Sept. 5, 1870.
Resolved, that thirty days after the passage of this resolution, all hogs running at large within the limits of the Corporation of Vermilionville, will be taken up by the Constable, and after notice to the owner, if he be known and pay a fine of 1 dollar per head said owner will be allowed to take his property, otherwise, they will be sold to highest bidder, by said officer.
Resolved, that all laws contrary to the above be and they are hereby repealed.
Resolved, that a note be drawn against the Corporation, for the sum of $214.00 payable to bearer, and due on the 22nd of January 1871, with eight per cent interest from maturity, said note to made in favor of bearer for money borrowed for use of said Corporation.
The following accounts were approved: Campbell & Doucet $3.50, C. T. Patin $60.00.
On motion the Council adjourned.
W. O. SMITH, Mayor.
H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/17/1870.
City Council of Vermilionville.
Present : W. O. Smith, Mayor ; Members : R. L. McBride, A. Monnier, J. H. Wise, Wm. Brandt and B. A. Salles. Absent : Messrs. Landry and Gagneaux.
The minutes of the preceding were read and approved.
By order of the Mayor, a special session of the City Council was held on Monday the 29th day of August 1870.
Present : W. O. Smith, Mayor ; Members : Messrs. H. Landry, J. H. Wise, R. L. McBride, Wm. Brandt, B. A. Salles, R. Gagneaux and A. Monnier.
The Mayor called the meeting to order.
WHEREAS the Mayor having been informed that the Yellow Fever has made its appearance in the Town of Washington, Parish of St. Landry, La.
Therefore be it resolved, That the resolution relating to infectious or epidemic diseases, adopted October 12rh, 1864, and re-enacted August 7th, 1867, be and is hereby declared to be in full force, and the Constable is hereby ordered immediately to proceed to the execution of said resolution.
Be it further resolved, That all persons residing within the limits of the Corporation of Vermilionville, be and are hereby ordered to see that their yards are cleared of all trash, and that lime is thrown in their privies at once, and those neglecting to comply with said resolution, shall be fined in the sum of Two ($2.50) dollars and Fifty cents.
W. O. SMITH, Secretary.
H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/17/1870.
Regular Meeting - September 5th, 1870.
The Police Jury met in regular session this day. Members present: J. J. Caffery, President, and Messrs. O. Broussard, Caruthers and M. G. Broussard. Absent: Messrs. Landry, Hebert and Leblanc.
The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.
The committee to whom was referred the Treasurer's Annual Statement, reported that after examination, it was found correct, which report was received and adopted.
The following resolutions were unanimously adopted.
Resolved, that F. Martin is authorized to have the jail fence repaired, and also to have a suitable table made for the Jury Room.
Resolved, that warrants are hereby ordered to be drawn on the Treasurer to complete the payment of the Court House, in favor of the estate of B. P. Paxton for $1,754.05 with five per cent interest Nov. 5, 1868 on $1,500; and in favor of the estate of B. F. Templeton, for $1,500 with 5 per cent interest from August 15th, 1862.
Resolved, that a warrant be drawn in favor or R. Dugat for six dollars ($6) the same having been allowed Oct., 22nd, 1866.
Resolved, that one hundred dollars is hereby appropriated to each of the cadets to the Louisiana State University from this parish, to defray expenses for uniforms, &c., and that warrants issue for the on the Treasurer.
Resolved, that hereafter, the Parish Treasurer shall pay no claim against the parish, except upon the ordinary parish warrant, signed by the President of the Police Jury and countersigned by the Clerk ; provided the President and Clerk are hereby authorized to sign and issue parish warrants on the presentation of claims duly certified and allowed by some court or officer lawfully authorized to make such allowance.
Resolved, that the use of the Court House for giving balls, concerts, shows, &c., is hereby prohibited.
Resolved, that it shall be the duty of the keeper of the Court House, to keep it closed during wet weather and of nights, to keep the Court Room Hall and Porch clean and in order, to collect together and make a list of the chairs, benches, and other property belonging to the Court House, and file the same with the Clerk; and for each neglect or infraction of his duties, the keeper shall forfeit ten dollars, to be deducted from his salary and shall be subject to dismissal from office.
Resolved, that H. M. Bailey is hereby appointed keeper of the Court House, at salary of one hundred dollars per annum.
The following accounts were approved and warrants authorized to be drawn for the same ; Alfred Mitchel $7.60, L. Hirsch $5.00, D. Doucet $2.50, T. Bernard $14.40, $15, Augustin $5, L. Lacoste $2.50, E. Constantin $5, A. J. Moss $16.
J. J. CAFFERY, President.
A. J. MOSS, Clerk.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/17/1870.
Space Ship Makes 1st Powered Flight
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE Calif. (AP)-The rocket ship X-15, which later this year may blast a man to the edge of space, made it's first powered flight today.
It skimmed in for a 200 m.p.h. plus landing on a dry lake bed after 10 minutes in the air.
With veteran North American Aviation test pilot Scott Crossfield at the controls, it was cut loose from its B-52 mother ship 38,000 feet over this desert test center at 8:09 a. m.
Much of the flight could be seen from the ground. Crossfield zoomed to 50,000 feet, made some maneuvers while flying a 100 mile circle, then landed after his fuel was exhausted.
The stubby-winged, 50-foot black X-15, using more powerful engines, is expected to rocket more than 100 miles high at faster than 4,000 m.p.h. later this year.
The X-15 was easily visible when Crossfield cut in the twin rocket engines. They spurted a cloud of white behind the little dart.
It was accompanied by three chase planes, whose contrails were also visible.
Spectators gasped when Crossfield spurted upward. The X-15's exhaust came in squirts, as though he were giving it the gun sporadically.
Fuel expended, Crossfield made a series of sweeping glides as he descended.
As Crossfield touched down, kicking up a big rooster tail of dust, the X-15 skidded a mile.
As Crossfield glided down, Maj. Robert White, on his wing in a chase plane, counseled over the intercom: "Nice and easy Daddy."
White is expected to be at the controls when the X-15 makes its all out flight into space. Crossfield flies it during checkout tests only.
As the X-15 hit the lake bed, Crossfield's voice crackled over the radio: "I'm an old pro Daddio."
Crossfield even managed a joke at one point. "I hear a funny noise, a rattle," he said over the radio. Later he added: "Aw, that rattles just in my head."
For its first powered flight, the X-15 was equipped with twin four-barrel rocket engines originally developed for the experimental rocket X-1. They develop about 12,000 pounds of thrust. For its all-out flights the X-15 gets engines developing more than 50,000 pounds of thrust. Lafayette Daily Advertiser 9/17/1959.
There's never been anything quite like the North American X-15. A rocket plane used as a research platform for the planned U. S. manned space missions. It was designed to fly to an altitude of 225,000 feet, and that was exceeded more than once. In July of 1962, Robert A. White earned astronaut wings reaching 314,750 feet. In August of 1963 Joseph A. Walker took it to its highest altitude achieved during the X-15 program reaching 354,200 feet-67 miles up. A great deal of the know-how that was obtained from these tests was clearly demonstrated with the shuttle program.
The first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong, was one of the test-pilots in the X-15 program.