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From the Lafayette Advertiser of  September 20th, 1905:         


 No Suspicious Cases Reported Up to Yesterday Evening.

 Lafayette is now free of yellow fever and no suspicious cases reported up to yesterday evening.

 Of the three last cases, all of which occurred at the same time, A. Hirsch has been up for several days, I. B. Bendel was discharged Monday and Aug, Vigneaux though still confined to his bed on account of weakness, has been clear of fever since last Thursday.

Lafayette Advertiser 9/20/1905.


Parish Board of Health.

 Pin Hook, La., Sept. 19, 1905.

 A meeting of the Parish Board of Health was held this day with Dr. L. A. Prejean, president, J. Edmond Mouton and M. Billeaud, Jr., present.  The meeting was called to consider a request of Mr. B. N. Coronna that the guards be removed from present location beyond the Compress and placed upon the corporate line, and privilege be granted Mr. Coronna and all employees of the Compress to go back and forth from town to their work, he binding himself and all employees of the company he represents not to go beyond limits of the Compress property. Mr. Coronna appeared and made his request in person.

 The granting of the request was considered and also the allowing of privilege of going back and forth to cotton pickers and those who had urgent business which demanded it. It was decided after hearing opinion of the attorney for the Police Jury that the Board of Health could not act without concurrence of the Police Jury. Accordingly President Billeaud decided to call a meeting with the Board of Health at Demas Comeaux' on Thursday, Sept. 21, at 3 p. m., at which meeting all those desiring to ask for special privileges are requested to appear and present same.
   Adjournment was then taken.
           W. A. LEROSEN, Secretary pro tem.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/20/1905.

Something To Be Thankful For.

 The strenuous quarantine of the parish against the town has enabled the ladies of Lafayette to enjoy their regular evening buggy rides free from all the anxiety occasioned by those "horrid automobiles" from Broussardville, which have an unceremonious way of "butting in" at most unexpected times and creating consternation among the members of the fair sex who happen to be out driving. This is only another verification of the old saying that "It is an ill wind that blows nobody good." Lafayette Advertiser 9/20/1905.

Resolutions Pertaining to Extending Quarantine Line Repealed.

 Doctor From Each Ward of Parish Present and Majority Advise Close Quarantine of Town. - Letter From Dr. Souchon.

 Pinhook Bridge, La., Sept. 12, 1905. - Special Session, Police Jury and Parish Board of Health met this day in joint session. M. Billeaud, Jr., J. A. Begnaud, A. Theall, P. R. Landry, J. H. Connolly, J. E. Mouton, L. G. Breaux, Valery Boudreaux, and C. Spell.

 Members of Board present: Dr. L. A. Prejean, President, M. Billeaud, Jr., J. E. Mouton.

 The following physicians were invited to come before the meeting to give their views as to the best and safest methods of quarantine against the town of Lafayette; it being the idea of Dr. Prejean that the matter of quarantine be transferred from Police Jury and Board of Health and these ward physicians. The Counsel of the Jury deemed such an act illegal, so the doctors were only allowed to express their views.

 1st ward - Dr. G. W. Scranton, (absent); 2nd ward - Dr. A. O. Clark, (absent); 3rd ward - Dr. L. O. Clark; 4th ward, Dr. A. J. Comeaux; 5th ward - Dr. G. R. DeLaureal; 6th ward - Dr. Z. J. Francez, (proxy by Dr. Lessley); 7th ward - Dr. R. K. Comeaux; 8th ward - Dr. L. A. Prejean.

 Moved by Dr. Connolly that the views of these doctors be now heard. Seconded and carried.

 Each doctor present gave his views, the majority being in favor of a close of quarantine.

 The following communication from Dr. Souchon was then read:

 New Orleans, La., Sept. 7, 1905.
    Mr. M. Billeaud, Broussard, La.
          Dear Sir: - Yours of September 5, is at hand and contents duly noted. I have telegraphed to Dr. L. A. Prejean at Lafayette that the Police Jury, as a body, has no power to impose quarantine. The Parish Board of Health can do so with concurrence of the Police Jury, but no local quarantine otherwise declared is legal. This far there has never been, as far as I know, any quarantine restricted to a limited section of a town.

 From the point of view of the State Board of Health such a quarantine is not really sufficient protection.

 We consider the whole town of Lafayette quarantined.
    Yours very truly,
President Louisiana State Board of Health.

 Judge Mouton then gave his opinion as to the legality of putting on or raising quarantines by the Police Jury and Board of Health, it being necessary for both bodies to act in concurrence to make such measures legal.

 The committee on extension of quarantine line gave in following report.

 1st District: Mr. Landry reports no canvass made from the fact that the committee appointed at Lafayette Conference, after some investigations, was satisfied that there would be a great majority against extension.
 2nd District: Mr. Spell reports 142 against extension, 22 in favor.
 3rd District: Mr. Mouton reports that from Vermilion Bayou to Carencro road, large majority in favor of entire removal of guards or the extension to imaginary line; from Carencro road to Scott, majority against extension; from Scott, west, was not canvassed.

 Mr. Breaux moved that the above report be accepted, the committee be discharged with thanks of jury. Seconded and carried.

 Mr. Spell moved that as resolution pertaining to extension of quarantine lines is given as illegal by our counsel, be it resolved, that said resolution be repealed. Seconded and carried.

 Mr. Mouton was appointed by the Chair to procure the necessary phones at the guard posts.

 Mr. Landry moved that a committee of two be appointed to investigate the charges made against the quarantine guards E. Lacobie and Gallegar. These to be dealt with according to previous resolutuin relating to obligation of guards. Seconded and carried.

 The President appointed Messrs. Breaux and Begnaud on above committee.

 The Jury resolves that funerals be allowed to enter the town accomplished only by the pall bearers, these to be under the surveillance of mounted guards.

 Mr. Landry moved that the President of the Parish Board of Health be instructed to immediately swear out affidavits against all the violations of our quarantine regulations. Seconded and carried.

 Yeas: Spell, Connolly, Theall, Breaux, Begnaud, Boudreaux, Landry. Nay: J. E. Mouton.

 Moved, seconded and carried to adjourn.

 L.O. CLARK, M. D., Secretary pro tem.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/20/1905.


The committee on right of way for the Baton Rouge-Lafayette railroad held a meeting Saturday preparatory to beginning active efforts towards acquiring the right of way. 

 Efforts to this end would have been made long ago had it not been for the quarantine and consequent upsetting caused by the announcement of yellow fever in the town. But the delay will not matter, there is ample time to to secure the right of way before the quarantine situation will permit the Southern Pacific to begin work; the thing needful to start now and lose no time, and that it is the purpose of the committee to do. In this they will require the hearty co-operation of all the citizens, and this co-operation should be given with a will.

 To secure the right of way will require money, and the most equitable and least burdensome way to get it is by a special tax; not a large tax, just a small that no body will feel to any appreciable extent; but the benefits which will accrue will be large and exceedingly satisfactory.

 The building of this road is not a matter of to hesitate or hem and haw about. It is vital to the future of the town, and if the people here "fall down" on meeting this very moderate condition of the Southern Pacific, but few years will pass before they will experience a painful regret that this great opportunity was allowed to knock in vain.

 We simply can't afford to miss the building of this road and it is the earnest hope, wish and desire of every well wisher of Lafayette that the people will respond gladly and promptly in whatever they may be called upon to do.  

Lafayette Advertiser September 20, 1905.


 Committee on Right of Way for Baton Rouge-Lafayette Railroad Meet. - Certain Matters to be Taken Up with Officials, Then Active Efforts Will Be Made.

 Saturday a meeting of the committee on right of way for the Baton Rouge-Lafayette railroad was held in Mouton and Debaillon's office, and the matter energetically taking up the work of securing the right of way discussed. Certain matters, it was decided, were necessary to be taken up with the officials of the Southern Pacific before active efforts could begin, and it is hoped that the way can be cleared in a very short while, for a prompt acquisition of the right of way, so that everything will be ready for the Southern Pacific to begin construction as soon as the quarantine situation may permit it. The committee for St. Martin Parish has obtained the right of way through that parish and are ready to make the transfer to the Southern Pacific. Practically all of the right of way through Iberville and West Baton Rouge parishes has been acquired, and is it "up to" Lafayette to get a big move on itself and fall in line with its active neighbors. This was the object of the meeting of the right of way committee and it is their purpose to move in the matter as quickly as possible. When a plum is ripe, that is the time to knock it. L
afayette Advertiser 9/20/1905.

 New Superintendent of Waterworks.

 C. J. Muller, of New Orleans, the recently elected superintendent of the Waterworks and Electric Light Plant, arrived Saturday, after passing six days in the detention camp. He at once entered upon his duties. Mr. Muller comes very highly recommended. He is a graduate of Tulane University and since graduation, for a period of two and a half years, has been in the employ of the Algiers Waterworks and Electric Co. The Advertiser extends him a cordial welcome to Lafayette.

 Armas Durio, who was elected previous to the selection of Mr. Muller, was persuaded to remain in Crowley because of an agreeable salary raise.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/20/1905.


Promoted to Agency. - P. B. Torian, who for years has been a faithful and efficient employee of the Southern Pacific in the office here, has been prompted to an agency at Raceland. He left Monday night for Avondale and will immediately enter upon his new duties after passing the required time at the detention camp. The best wishes of his many friends go with him. Lafayette Advertiser 9/20/1905.

Base Ball. - An interesting game of ball will be played on the Institute Campus to-morrow (Thursday) at 3:30 p. m. sharp. Come out and see some fine ball tossing. Admission, 15 and 10 cents; ladies free.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/20/1905.


From the Lafayette Advertiser of September 20th, 1902:

Sims Killed Williams.
 Saturday afternoon about three o'clock Mr. Sanford S. Sims, a pop manufacturer of this place shot and killed a mulatto by the name of Walter Williams. The causes which led up to the shooting, as near as the Advertiser could learn were, as follows :

 Mr. Sims had bought some bottles from Williams, who came in to have a settlement, and when Mr. Sims offered a check in payment, Williams refused it, claiming that more money was due him. Mr. Sims tried to explain, and satisfy Williams that he wanted to pay him all that was due him, but the latter one insisted on settling at his figures and became abusive. Mrs. Sims made some remark to her husband when Williams turned to her and made an insulting remark to her, Mr. Sims rose, he was sitting down, as if to resent Williams' impudence, when the mulatto struck him a terrific blow in the eye with a pop bottle, knocking him down. Mr. Sims jumped to his feet, seized a double-barreled shot gun and fired both barrels at Williams. The first shot broke his left arm, and the second entered his side. Williams fell just beyond the plank-walk in front of the factory. In a few moments a large crowd gathered at the scene of the shooting. Some friends of Williams secured a conveyance and carried him to his home, where he died at ten minutes after four.

 Mr. Sims immediately surrendered to the officers and was placed in jail charged with murder. Mr. Sims is a native of Tangipahoa parish. He has been a resident of this town for two years, and during the time he has lived here has won many friends by his upright dealings and pleasant manners. He has always been a peaceable man, in no way interfering with others. His standing here has always been of the highest.

 Coroner J. F. Mouton held an inquest on the body of Williams and the jury brought in a verdict in accordance with the facts above stated.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/20/1902.

Lafayette Schools. - The enrollment at the High School is now 154, at the Primary 130. The usefulness and popularity of our town schools are rapidly growing, and the advantage of having good schools is pretty generally appreciated as shown by the large attendance. Lafayette needs a new school building badly, and it is hoped that before the year is out, the people will vote a tax to build one commensurate with the needs of the town.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/20/1902.

Post Office Burglarized. - During the night of Wednesday burglars broke open a window in the post office and effected an entrance. After tampering with the safe and not succeeding they abandoned it and burst instead the cash drawer where about 85 cts. in change was taken. This is twice that the post office has been robbed during the past three months. The tools used in trying to break open the safe were taken from Mr. E. Miller's blacksmith shop. Lafayette Advertiser 9/20/1902.

GAS and OIL. - The presence of gas and oil at Anse la Butte in large quantities has been demonstrated now beyond question. Last Monday night Captain Harper, who is drilling for the Heywoods, struck a big gas pocket, and in an instant water and sand spouted to a height of 250 feet, continuing for 3 hours, with a terrific noise which could be heard for miles around. Work was continued and Wednesday real oil was struck. The drillers were removing sections of the pipe preparatory to removing the drill, and had taken out all but the last two sections, when oil gushed from the well to height of 20 or 25 feet. The flow did not last long, but showed that a fine grade of oil in large quantities had been found.  Lafayette Advertiser 9/20/1902.

 Roof Caught Fire. - Last Saturday the roof of Mr. Albert Delahoussaye's kitchen caught fire from a defective flue. Very little damage was done. The promptness and efficiency of the fire department, doubtless saved his residence from being burned, as the fire was making rapid headway.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/20/1902.

Court Results. - Last Monday Judge Debaillon fined eleven persons $5, and costs for not paying the per capita road tax levied by the police jury. District Attorney Campbell has instituted criminal proceedings against about 600 delinquents who have failed to pay $1 road tax. The vigorous enforcement of this law will assist materially towards having better roads.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/20/1902.

Opera Season Opens. - The Opera season will open at Falk's Opera-house next Tuesday, Sept. 23rd with one of the finest troupe on the road. This company played in New Orleans two weeks ago and their success was immense. In another column we publish what the New Orleans Picayune says about Pete Baker in "Chris and Lena."   Lafayette Advertiser 9/20/1902.

New Syrup. - Broussard Bros. have just received from Mr. Paul Breaux from the 8th ward, a half a barrel of new cane syrup. This enterprise keeps up the reputation of these hustling grocers in obtaining every year the first syrup of the season. Lafayette Advertiser 9/20/1902.

Sontag Resigns S.L.I. - Prof. F. Sontag has resigned his position as teacher of music at the Industrial. His numerous private pupils occupied his time so fully, he was forced to sever his connection with that institution.  Lafayette Advertiser 9/20/1902.

 From the Lafayette Gazette of September 20th, 1902:

Post-office Entered Wednesday Night by Thieves.

 The post-office at this place seems to have some particular attraction for the thieves who have selected this
 community in which to ply their nefarious occupation. Several attempts have been made to steal Uncle Sam's property here, but fortunately very little of any value has been stolen. Last Wednesday night the post-office was entered through a store window. Thursday morning when the assistant post-master, George Debaillon, went to work he saw many things which soon convinced him that the office had been visited by burglars during the night. Three candles, two of which had been slightly burned were found. An unsuccessful attempt had been made to open the safe near which were found a lot of blacksmith's tools. The knob on the inside door of the safe was broken off. Everything seemed to indicate that the burglars left the place hurriedly. The tools which were found near the safe belong to Mr. Bernard Miller, the local blacksmith, from whom they were stolen.

 About 80 cents were taken from the cash drawer. Only one letter is believed to have been tampered with.

 From all indications the theft was committed early before midnight.

 There is one clue which might lead to the arrest of the guilty party or parties. Lafayette Gazette 9/20/1902.


 Mr. Wm. Butcher and Miss Emily Delhomme were married Tuesday at Scott, at the residence of the bride's father, Mr. Alfred Delhomme. The ceremony was performed by Father Bollard. A number of the friends and relatives of the popular young couple were present and joined in the congratulations and good wishes. Mr. Butcher is one of the successful young men of this parish and is being felicitated by his numerous friends for having won the the estimable young lady who has become his wife.

 Mr. and Mrs. butcher left on the afternoon train to make a bridal trip. Lafayette Gazette 9/20/1902.


To New Orleans for the Local Passenger Traffic.

A recent issue of the New Orleans Item contains the following information:

 "A new local train from Lafayette to New Orleans is among the possibilities of the near future.

 "The officials of the Southern Pacific have under consideration a proposition looking toward an improved local service from that city.

 "The new train will be a great convenience to people along the line of the southern Pacific, as it will make it possible for them to spend the day in New Orleans and return home at a reasonable hour at night. At present the only local train between these points leaves Lafayette at 3:32 a. m., while the new train will leave there about 5 a. m., arriving in New Orleans at 11 o'clock and, returning, will leave here at 5 p. m.

 Mr. Decker, local district passenger agent of the Southern Pacific, believes this service will result in bringing much trade to New Orleans, giving the people of that section an opportunity to spend the day here shopping and sight-seeing, then going home at either 5 or 8:40 p. m."

 A train such as is mentioned in the foregoing would be of great service to the people between Lafayette and New Orleans, particularly to those who do business with New Orleans merchants. It seems to us that New Orleans is very much interested in this movement. An early morning local train run according to the proposed schedule would doubtless prove to be a great inducement to country merchants and planters who have business relations with New Orleans. Now that the city appears to be reaching our for trade it could not do better than direct its energies to improve the railway facilities of the country districts of the State. It is well-known that a great deal of the business which belongs to New Orleans goes elsewhere to seek more advantageous conditions. This should not be. New Orleans is the natural commercial center of the South. Excepting New York, it has the best location from a business standpoint on the American continent, and it is really astonishing that it should permit less favored rivals hundreds of miles away to come almost within its own gates and carry away business which it could control by very little exertion.
Lafayette Gazette 9/20/1902.

 Mr. Cade's Candidacy. - Several parishes in the district elected delegates to the railroad convention this week and instructed them to vote for Mr. Cade. from all indications Mr. Cade will be nominated on the first ballot. A mass meeting will be held at the court-house in this town to elect delegates to represent this parish at the Napoleonville and Baton Rouge conventions. Laf. Gazette 9/20/1902.

Develops Into a Mud and Oil Gusher.

 The popular interest in the oil field was revived this week by the announcement that a mud gusher was brought in at the Heywood well, followed by a flow of pure oil the next day. The report is that the oil spouted about fifteen feet during a few seconds. These and other indications are most favorable and those who claim to know predict that the bringing in of a genuine gusher in only a short time. Two things are now self-evident. There is a tremendous pressure of gas and a considerable quantity of oil, and it is not at all improbable that the expected gusher will come in before long. The gas threw up mud and sand in large quantities from a depth of 1,200 feet. As to the existence of oil at Anse la Butte, it is an assured fact.

 Scott and Dewey Heywood visited the well and expressed themselves as confident of success. The Moresi Brothers are still boring. There also conditions are very encouraging.
Lafayette Gazette 9/20/1902.

Don Caffery Well Again. - The many friends of Don Caffery were pleased to meet him last Saturday. Mr. Caffery has just gone through a pretty severe spell of fever, but The Gazette is glad to note that he is fast regaining his health. He returned to Jennings Sunday to resume his work.
Lafayette Gazette 9/20/1902.

BIDS. - Will be received until Oct. 1, by the Board of School Directors, parish of Lafayette, for the survey of Sec. 16, T 11 S, R 5 E; and for the division of said section into sixteen equal parts. The corners of the section and of the 16 lots are to be marked with durable posts of iron.
    L. J. ALLEMAN, Secretary.
Sept. 13-3t.     Lafayette, La.
Lafayette Gazette 9/20/1902.

Surrey Park, Lafayette, October 17, 18 and 19.

 The Surrey Park Association of Lafayette is making elaborate preparations for some fine races to take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 17th, 18th and 19th. Twelve races will be run on those days, over $1,200 being given away in purses. The association is making some very tempting offers to owners of horses and all the devotees of this sport will no doubt be highly entertained.

 The following persons will furnish information as to terms and conditions: Alfred Hebert, president; Wm. Nevue, secretary; J. A. Landry, treasurer; A. Peck, match-maker; C. A.. Cochrane, general manager. Lafayette Gazette 9/20/1902.

 Was Run Off. - A thief entered the home of Mr. Meriwether Wednesday night, but was run out of the house before he had time to steal anything. Lafayette Gazette 9/20/1902.

A Dispute Arising from a Sale of Bottles Ends in a Homicide.

 Last Saturday afternoon quite a commotion was created on the streets of the town by the announcement that Mr. S. S. Simms, the pop man, had shot and killed Walter Williams, a colored man living in this town. Several versions of the affair have been published.

 There are conflicting accounts as to certain particulars of the homicide, but the shooting happened substantially in the following manner: Williams went to Mr. Simms' store to collect some money for a lot of bottles sold. A dispute arose as to the number of bottles during which Williams applied some offensive words to Mrs. Simms. Blows were exchanged between Mr. Simms and Williams, the former being struck under an eye and sustaining quite a painful injury. Subsequently Mr. Simms, who was greatly incensed at the insolence of Williams toward his wife and feeling the additional humiliation of the blow that he had received, used his shotgun with fatal results.

 Mr. Simms and his family have been living in Lafayette since about two years. They have impressed the community with being most worthy and estimable people. Mr. Simms is an industrious man and has the reputation of being a peaceable citizen. The people of the town sympathize with him in his present trouble and believe that when a judicial examination of his case is had it will be shown that he was justifiable in acting as he did. Lafayette Gazette 9/20/1902.

Opens Its Second Session With a Good Attendance - Many New Students.

 The Industrial Institute began its second session Wednesday. Nearly all the old students came back to the school, showing that they are satisfied with the first year's work. Many new names were added to the rolls, and, all in all, the attendance is very satisfactory. A number of new parishes have sent students. The girls have been accommodated at the Dormitory and the boys had no trouble to find board with families of the town at reasonable prices.

 During the week the teachers were engaged in holding examinations and in assigning the students to the various classes.

 Last night the opening exercises took place in the auditorium which was pretty well filled with the students and people from this town. President Stephens delivered an appropriate address. He referred to the success of last session and said that he was pleased to congratulate the Institute and its friends upon the splendid beginning this year.

 The faculty is as follows: E. L. Stephens, president, mathematics; V. L. Roy, science; Ashby Woodson, manual training; L. W. Mayer, stenography; Miss Ella Montgomery, music; Miss Gertrude Mayfield, domestic science; Miss Edith Dupre, English and French; Miss Emily D. Huger, drawing; Miss Hugh D. McLaurin, gymnastics; J. W. S. Lillibridge, bookkeeping and commercial law; Mrs. Elizabeth F. Baker, matron. Lafayette Gazette 9/20/1902.

Twenty Delinquents Fined. - During the week about twenty persons appeared before Judge Debaillon and having plead guilty to charges of having violated the road law. The minimum fine of $5 and costs was imposed in each case. Many more cases of the same nature will come up for trial during the next few days. Now that it is generally known that delinquents are amenable to  criminal prosecution, most of those who have not yet paid the per capita tax will doubtless hasten to settle with the sheriff.
Lafayette Gazette 9/20/1902.

 To Gather Statistics. - J. R. Domengeaux. of this town, has been appointed by the Census Bureau to collect cotton statistics in the parishes of Lafayette, Acadia, Iberia, Vermilion and St. Martin. The office to which Mr. Domengeaux has been appointed was created by an act passed at the last session of Congress. Mr. Domengeaux will visit all the gins in these parishes and from the owners he will obtain the information desired by the government. Mr. Knapp, representing the Census Bureau, was in Lafayette some time ago and while here he decided to place the five parishes named under in one district.   Lafayette Gazette 9/20/1902.

Mr. Cade's Candidacy. - Several parishes in the district elected delegates to the railroad commission convention this week and instructed them to vote for Mr. Cade. From all indications Mr. Cade will be nominated on the first ballot. A mass meeting will be held at the court-house in this town to-morrow to elect delegates to represent this parish at the Napoleonville and Baton Rouge conventions. Lafayette Gazette 9/20/1902.

 Selling Homestead. - On account of leaving town, I will offer at private sale at my residence (Dr. F. E. Girard's homestead) all my household furniture, including roller top desk, carpets, etc. Also horses, cows, hogs, carriages, harness and farming implements. Terms cash.
Lafayette Gazette 9/20/1902

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of September 2oth, 1890:


 The Society of the Children of Mary, of Mt. Carmel Convent, of Lafayette, propose giving an ice cream festival on the Convent grounds, Sunday, September 28th.

 The object of the entertainment is to raise funds to assist in purchasing much needed decorations for the interior of St. John's Church. The grounds will be opened to the public immediately after high mass, and the entertainment will continue throughout the day until late at night, so as to give all an opportunity of attending. At night the grounds will be beautifully illuminated by Chinese lanterns. Numerous delicacies will be spread to tempt the appetites and promote the enjoyment of patrons. We trust that our community will show a due appreciation of this laudable enterprise of these young ladies by bestowing upon them liberal and well deserved patronage.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/20/1890.

Will Exhibit in Kansas. - Monday the special car for conveying exhibits from Southwest Louisiana to the Sioux City, Kansas, Corn Palace Exhibition, commencing Sept. 25th, stopped at Lafayette, having begun its journey at Lake Charles, where it took a fair lot of exhibits, accumulating a number of intermediate points. The car remained here several hours, attracting many lady and gentleman visitors. We are glad to note that several of our enterprising citizens took the interest and pains to see that Lafayette parish is represented in this valuable and instructive exposition of the products and natural resources of the South and West, especially; and we trust that the Louisiana exhibit will attract such attention and receive such notice as will be productive of great benefit to the State. Among those who sent exhibits from this parish we have learned are the following Dr. T. B. Hopkins, Dr. H. D. Guidry, Mr. Joe Vallier, Capt. A. Bower, W. B. Skinner, Mr. T. Jay Lacy also sent some fine exhibits of fruit from Mt. Hope Nursery, near Washington, La.
   Lafayette Advertiser 9/20/1890.

Increase in Productivity Anticipated. - Making all due allowances for "exuberance of calculation," and "desuetude of energy," it is morally certain that the income to our parish this year from her natural productions will exceed by forty per cent last year, and leave our farmers, the foundation of our prosperity, with a handsome balance in their favor. It seems to us that now is the time to discuss and "reason together" upon subjects vital to the development and progress of the parish - such as central sugar mills, cotton seed oil mills, etc. It is time we were trying to make the most of our advantages, and shut off the crevasses which are pouring our wealth into the laps of others. Lafayette Advertiser 9/30/1890.

 Judge Mouton  Returns. - Judge O. C. Mouton returned from Abbeville Thursday after closing an active term of the court there at which a great deal of business was disposed of. His term of Court for Lafayette parish begins Monday, Oct. 6th, and he find some "old he" cases here to whet his judicial milk-teeth upon. Lafayette Advertiser 9/20/1890.

Steamboat Traffic to Abbeville. - The steamer Mary Rose now makes three trips a week between Lafayette and Abbeville, and is building up a nice trade. Her owners are now making arrangements to build locks at the shallow points on the bayou, so as to afford uninterrupted navigation the year round. The Mary Rose should be should be liberally supported and encouraged in her enterprise.   Lafayette Advertiser 9/20/1890.

Coming to Falk's. - Miss Jennie Calef and her Company will perform at Falk's Opera House on Monday night, Sept. 22. The Galveston News says: The charming little soubrette, Miss Jennie Calef, is worthy of being ranked with the world's most cherished and applauded cock-tail, Lotta. She is lively as a goat on a straw shed and as sparkling as a wheat field full of lightning bugs. And, bless her, she is as pretty as a pink and as sweet as a honey-suckle. Yum, yum.   Lafayette Advertiser 9/20/1890.

Trainmen to Hold Ball. - Morgan Lodge, Brotherhood of Rail Road Trainmen, have on the tapis for the near future another grand ball and supper. This announcement will be hailed with pleasure by those who were so fortunate as to attend their eminently successful and truly enjoyable entertainment of last Fall. Cultivate your latent Terpsichorean talent for this promised enjoyment. Lafayette Advertiser 9/20/1890.

Fire-proofing Store. - Col. John O. Mouton evidently is determined to be "fire-proof" against water - inside. He is having his dry goods store, on the corner of Washington and Vermilion streets, covered with neat and durable corrugated iron roofing. This is a substantial improvement. Lafayette Advertiser 9/20/1890.

 Demand for Laborers. = We continue to receive most encouraging reports from farmers from all sections of the parish. The only anxiety we have heard expressed is that they may not be able to house the extraordinary crop they have made. There is a demand for laborers in this parish.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/20/1890.

 Saw the Fight! - Some of our railroad boys had an opportunity of witnessing the prize fight between Carroll and Bowen at New Orleans, last Tuesday, and imagine that they have "caught on," and flatter themselves that they by a well directed pivot swing blow they could knock a box car from the oil house to the Johnson track. What's the matter with the boxing club they once had here?   Lafayette Advertiser 9/20/1890.

 "Rat-Proof"  Corn Crib. - Messrs. Gerac Bros. have built a "rat-proof" corn crib in the rear of their store. It would be well for those who are sufferers from the depredations of the pestiferous rodent to give it an inspection, and go and do likewise. There isn't much money in raising corn for rats. Lafayette Advertiser 9/20/1890.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 9/20/1890.

Weather during the week generally favorable for cotton picking, which is progressing as rapidly as is possible, with the labor obtainable. Shipments are now coming in regularly. 

A grand ball will be given at Mr. J. B. Peres' hall near town, on the 4th of October next. The public is invited.

 Our apple trees seem determined to make a crop this year, anyhow. They are now in full bloom.

 Dr. Frank Mouton left last Thursday for Bay View Hospital, Baltimore, Md., to resume his duties, after a three weeks' absence here among his family and numerous friends.

 Mr. J. W. Clifford, Southern Pacific Roadmaster, has moved into his handsome new residence near the Lafayette Canning Factory building.

 Mr. Jos. A. Landry ("Sonny") is now employed in the store of Messrs. Hebert Bros., down at the depot. "Sonny" is quite an expert "bacon hacker" and is a fine judge of calico.

 Our painters have been busy of late, and have brightened up the town considerably. Now is the time to put on paint to preserve the wood from the Fall and Winter dampness.

 The railroad stock pens at this point are now constantly occupied. The Southern Pacific Railroad is doing a tremendous stock transportation business this fall.

 Mr. Albert Doucet is building for his residence a neat cottage on the lawn in the rear of Leo Doucet's store. This is an additional attraction to that rapidly improving section of our town.

 Mr. John Hahn, of the Crescent Hotel, now rejoices in a brand new turnout in the form of a cabriolet, or whatever it is, it looks very neat and stylish.

 Miss Dellina Broussard, the accomplished niece of Sheriff Broussard, passed through here last Sunday on her way to the "Opelousas Female Institute," of which Mrs. M. M. Hayes is principal, and at this session of which she will graduate.

 This is the season for pappabottes, and it is a very healthy season for them, too, as we have seen but few dead ones.

 Call at the Red Store and note the excellent improvement made in its interior arrangement. It is regular city style.

 Mr. Theodule Hebert complains that his Spring chickens are Fall-ing into the hands of irresponsible borrowers.

 Messrs. Gerac Bros. & Pellerin have just received ten new "Millburn" wagons which are now being used hauling cotton to their gin.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/20/1890.


From the Lafayette Advertiser on September 20th, 1879:


 A report has reached us that the Morgan Louisiana and Texas and the Louisiana Western companies have arrived at some agreement by which the junction of these two roads will not take place at Vermilionville, as it is heretofore understood. If the rumor alluded to has any foundation, the Western Company will run their track over the line of a former survey from Mermentau River or Lake Charles by Edison's Ferry, to New Iberia, leaving Vermilionville ten miles to the north. We give this statement for what it is worth, not vouching for its truthfulness. It is claimed that by taking the course just marked out, the companies would save themselves the expense of laying and working some twenty miles of road. The stoppage of work, between New Iberia and Vermilionville, yesterday, seems to give some grounds for the rumor. Another reason assigned for the proposed change is that the Morgan Company intend to extend the Donaldsonville road to Vermilionville, thence to Opelousas, Alexandria and North Louisiana. So, let the matter rest as it may, Vermilionville will be sure of a railroad.  

From the Cotton Boll and in the Lafayette Advertiser 9/20/1879.

City Council of Vermilionville.

 Pursuant to adjournment the City Council met this 13th day of September, 1879. Present John Clegg, Mayor and Councilmen Alpha, Bailey, Lacoste, Landry, Mouton and McBride.

 M. P. Young, lately elected a member of this body, presented his commission and being sworn took his seat.

 On motion of Mr. Alpha, it was unanimously Resolved, that a committee of three be appointed for the purpose of receiving plans and bids to rebuild the market house, and that said committee report as soon as possible.

 The Mayor appointed Messrs. Alpha, Mouton and McBride on said committee.

 The Mayor called attention to the petition of R. L. McBride against the Corporation and Constable, filed in the Parish Court, claiming two hundred dollars damages for the killing of his dog by the Constable.

 On motion it was resolved, that the Mayor be authorized to employ all necessary counsel on behalf of the Corporation in the suit of R. L. McBride against the Corporation.

 On motion, resolved, that all persons wishing to sell meats within this town, can do so free of charge until otherwise ordered.

 The following ordinance was presented and unanimously adopted :

 AN ORDIANCE relative the Police and Sanitary Measures, necessary for the protection of the Town of Vermilionville from contagious and infectious diseases.

 Be it ordained by the Mayor and City Council of Vermilionville, That whenever the Mayor or President of the City Council shall believe that any place or locality is infected with epidemic disease or that there exists in a place a disease epidemic in its form, and that the introduction of persons or goods or any class or kind from such place or locality into this corporation will endanger the health of the citizens of Vermilionville, he shall issue his proclamation declaring such fact and giving notice thereof.

 Sec. 2. Be it further ordained, etc., That in his proclamation the Mayor shall state what places or localities he deems infected ;  what class of goods, if any, coming from such places will be admitted into the corporation and under what restrictions or delays persons may be admitted.

 Sec. 3. That to secure the protection of the health of the citizens, the Mayor may, from and after the issuance of his proclamation herein provided for, require that any or all persons seeking to be admitted within the city limits of the corporation shall exhibit a certificate signed by the Mayor, President of the Board of Health, or some competent authority of the place whence they come and through which they have passed, properly certified to by the clerk of the court nearest to the place, unless this certificate of the court be wholly unattainable, declaring that no epidemic or contagious disease exists in such place. Notice of this requirement shall be given in the proclamation.

 That a similar certificate shall be required in the case of goods, which may be sought to be introduced within the corporate limits after the issuance of the proclamation.

 Sec. 4. That any person or persons, who shall seek to evade or violate any of the provisions of this ordinance, or any or the regulations established by the Mayor in his proclamation issued under the authority and in pursuance of the provisions of this ordinance, shall be fined or imprisoned or both. The fine not to exceed the sum of fifty dollars for each and every offense and the imprisonment shall not be more than five days.

 That all previous ordinances and resolutions be and the same are hereby repealed only so far as they conflict herewith.

 That this ordinance shall take effect from and after its passage.

 On motion it was resolved, that the Mayor be and is hereby authorized to issue his proclamation at once, quarantining all infected places.

 On motion resolved, that the Constable be and is authorized to employ a deputy; provided that the salary of said deputy does not exceed the sum of twenty dollars per month.

 Resolved, that the Mayor is authorized to incur all necessary telegraphic expenses.

 The following accounts were presented and approved:

 Alex Comeau, coroner, viewing and burying body of Sambo ... $17.00
 C. R. Chargois, constable, removing dead animals ... $8.20
 W. B. Bailey, job work, etc. ... $5.50
 C. O. Olivier, jailer fees ... $3.oo
 C. P. Alpha, comm. of election ... $2.10
 H. L. Landry, comm. of election ... $2.10.

 On motion the Council adjourned.
H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/20/1879.

City Council Special Session, Sept. 15th, 1879.

 Present: John Clegg, Mayor and Councilmen Bailey, Lacoste, McBride and Young. Absent: Alpha, Landry and Mouton.

 The Mayor stated that he had called the Council together for the purpose of informing them that he would be absent for several days and he had appointed W. B. Bailey, Mayor pro tem during his absence, and further asked the council if they wished to have the quarantine regulations of the Town enforced, and on motion it was unanimously
   Resolved, That it is hereby made the duty of the constable and his deputy to enforce all quarantine regulations of this body and those promulgated by the Mayor in pursuance to the ordinances of the Council.

 Resolved, that the regular meetings of the council be fixed for the first Monday of each and every month at 6 1/2 P. M.

 It was moved and seconded, that the resolution fixing the salary of the deputy constable be and is hereby amended so as to read $25 instead of $20.00

 On motion, the council adjourned.
H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/20/1879.

Police Jury Proceedings.
September 6th, 1879.

 Pursuant to call the Police Jury met at the Court House this day.

 Members present :  Martial Billaud, president; Aurelien Primeaux, J. L. Prejean, and Sesbathekd Hernandez. Absent: L. G. Breaux.

 The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.

 On motion, resolved, that the Treasurer be and is hereby instructed to pay every three months to the Jailor of this parish (unreadable words) prisoners board.

 On motion of Mr. J. L. Prejean, it was resolved that Alex Constantin be and his hereby appointed road overseer, in place of Edmond Mouton, for that portion of the road extending from Pont des Mouton to the Morgan and Texas Rail Road.

 On motion, resolved, that the road overseers be and are hereby instructed, that where ditches are required to be made on the sides of the road, it is their duty to see that the dirt be thrown in the centre of the road.

 It is further resolved, that an extension of time be granted to the road overseer until the 31st od December, 1879, for their respective roads.

 On motion resolved, that the Morgan La. & Tex. Rail Road and Steamship Co. be and are hereby permitted to put their bridge across the Bayou Vermilion, without a draw, provided they leave an arch or span of twenty feet clear in width, further provided that this grant will be and remain in force until the necessities of the public require the opening of the bridge for navigation by enrolled and licensed vessels.

 On motion, the following voting places and commissioners of election for the election in December, 1879 were appointed as follows:

 1st ward, 1st precinct, at Ursin Cormier's - commissioners Ernest Potier, Adolphe Guilbeau, Chas. A. Guidry; clerk, Adolphe Broussard.
 1st ward, 2nd precinct, at Piere Richard's = commissioners, Alfred Delhomme, Simon Boudreaux; clerk, Joe. Begnaud.
 2nd ward, 3rd precinct, at Ford Hoffpauir's - commissioners, Ford Hoffpauir, Antoine Guidry, Theophile Breaux; clerk, Valery Boudreaux.
 2nd ward, 4th precinct, at A. J. Moss' - commissioners, Gerassin Doucet, Clemille Trahan, A. J. Moss; clerk, Cleobule Doucet.
 3rd ward, 5th precinct, at St. Clair e Kilchrist's - commissioners, E. A. Guilbeau, V. E. Dupuis, Pierre Bernard; clerk, Edouard Bernard.
 3rd ward, 6th precinct, at Court House - commissioners, H. M. Bailey, H. L. Landry, W. E. Williams; clerk, Auguste Monnier, Jr.
 4th ward, 7th precinct, at E. I. Broussard's - commissioners, Alex Verrot, Darmas Broussard, Lessin Guidry; clerk E. H. Levy.
 4th ward, 8th precinct, at Royville - commissioners Overton Cade, Octave Theriot, Harrison Theall; clerk, Simonet Leblanc.
 5th ward, 9th precinct, at Valsin Broussard's - commissioners, Valsin Broussard, J. G. St. Julien, Aurelien Olivier; clerk Marcel Melancon.

 There being no further business the Police Jury adjourned to the first Saturday in December, 1879.
J. N. JUDICE, Clerk.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/20/1879.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of September 20th, 1873:

City Council of Vermilionville.
 Regular Session, Sept. 1st, 1873.

 Present: Aug. Monnier, Mayor, and Councilmen L. P. Revillon, F. C. Latioslais, Wm. Brandt, H. Landry and R. L. McBride. Absent: Messrs. Jos. O. Girouard and Olivier.

 The Council was called to order and
 On motion it was resolved, That the demand of the Public School Board being informal the same is hereby rejected.

 Resolved, That all persons residing within the limits of the Corporation of Vermilionville be and are hereby ordered to see that their yards are cleansed of all trash, and that lime is thrown in their privies at once, and all persons neglecting to comply with the provision of said resolution ;  the Constable is hereby requested to have the same done at their expense.

 Resolved, That all trees obstructing the sidewalks or hindering the drainage of the Streets, within the limits of said Corporation, must be cut down after ten days notice to the owner or agent of the property, after which delay the Constable is authorized to cut and remove the same at expense of the owner.

 The following account was approved:
 Treville Bernard ... $8.00.

 On motion, the Council adjourned.
A. MONNIER, Mayor.
H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/20/1873.

State vs. Onezime Melancon. - The preliminary examination of the case of the State vs. Onezine Melancon for the killing of Jules D. Broussard, was concluded on last Monday. After a thorough and exhaustive investigation, the Parish Judge required the accused to furnish bond in the sum of two thousand dollars, to appear at the next term of the District Court. Considering the limited power of committing courts, the Judge concluded that some of the facts connected with the case, should more properly be passed upon by a jury. Otherwise, he regarded the evidence as favorable to the accused.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/20/1873.

 Yellow Fever in Opelousas.

 On Friday the 12th inst., it was reported here that the yellow fever had made its appearance in our sister town Opelousas, and considerable uneasiness and anxiety was felt by many of our citizens to ascertain the truthfulness or falsity of the report. Out Town Council immediately assembled and authorized the Mayor to correspond with the authorities of Opelousas, which was done as will be seen by the following correspondence:

To Hon. H. Latour, President Board of Police, Opelousas, La.

 DEAR SIR - At a meeting of the Town Council of Vermilionville, held this day, I am instructed to communicate with you in regard to a report - current here - that the yellow fever prevails in your Town. If the report be true or false, (which I sincerely hope to be false), please inform me by bearer, and also by return mail.

 With high regards and best wishes for the health and prosperity of your Town, I remain very respectfully, etc.,
        A. MONNER, Mayor.

 Opelousas, Sept. 12th, 1873.
 To Hon. A. Monnier, Mayor of Vermilionville.
 SIR, - I have received your communication asking me whether yellow fever existed in our Town or not. The report is false, we have the break bone fever or otherwise "dengue," we had only one mortality which occurred yesterday.
             Yours respectfully,
                     HOMER LATOUR.
        President of Board of Police.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/20/1873.

...concerning the La. Central Railroad...

 We publish with pleasure, the following letter from that able and accomplished Civil Engineer, G. W. R. Bayley, Esqr. Our endeavors to promote the public welfare, however humble and crude, have always been frank and sincere. In advocating the railroad interests of this section of the State, if we have wrongfully impugned the motives of any one, it may be attributable to our zeal, but not to malice. In so far as we have been mistaken or unjust in this respect, we are very sorry, and in justice to Mr. Bayley, we give his letter to our readers, by which we stand corrected.

 New Orleans, Sept. 13, 1873.
To the Editor of the Lafayette Advertiser.

 DEAR SIR: - In your paper of the 6th inst., in an article in which my name is mentioned, it is intimated that I advocated the closure of Bayou Plaquemine because I "owned lands affected by Mississippi water in a certain locality," and that now I am advocating the Louisiana Central Railroad line because I "own lands contiguous to that route."

 Please accept my acknowledgement of the, otherwise, complimentary tone of your editorial, and do me the justice to insert this my denial of interested motives, now and heretofore, in advocating works of public improvement in Louisiana.

 I advocated the closure of the Bayou Plaquemine and other outlets, for a number of years because their closure was necessary to complete the Levee system and reclaim the annually overflowed lands in the Mississippi valley, and not to benefit, except indirectly, the Opelousas Railroad interests, or my own in any way, for I did not then own an acre of land in the valley "affected by Mississippi water." I argued that if the effect of levees was not to raise the permanent high water line of the river, and not to increase the danger of overflows, then levees were right in theory and in practice ;  could be relied upon if properly constructed and maintained, and the system should be completed by closing the un-levied and not to be levied outlets, because these were but crevasses under another name. I claimed that the closure of the Plaquemine would not increase the permanent high water line of the Mississippi river, or increase the danger of overflow, and experience has demonstrated that I was right, for it has not, though closed since 1865.

 The Opelousas Railroad Company took little or no interest in the question of closing the Plaquemine, did not consider its closure of any particular importance to them, except as lessening the dangers of overflow, and did not encourage nor even appreciate my efforts to have it closed. The opponents of the measure alleged, of course, anything and everything they could think of to defeat the bill to close the Plaquemine, and among other things that it was in the interest of the Opelousas Railroad Company, but, said Company did nothing but grant me, - and that reluctantly, - leave of absence to visit Baton Rouge to advocate the closure of said bayou. So far as my owning lands to be benefitted by the leveeing of the mouth of the Plaquemine, is concerned, I have only to say that I did enter a few hundred acres, at one dollar and twenty-five cents per acre, after the bill to close the bayou had passed the house of representatives, and not before. I had not previously contemplated making any such purchase, and it would have been better for me if I had never made it, for, after paying taxes and losing interest on the investment for about fifteen years, I am willing to sell said lands now for what I paid for them in 1858.

 You term me "the Champion of the Louisiana Central Railroad," and intimate that  I ain't so because I "own lands contiguous to that route," whereas the fact is that I do not own an acre, nor do I ever expect to own an acre of land on that route, or either directly or indirectly to have any interest in any. I do own a little land (but would gladly sell out as before stated,) on the route to Vermilionville, and an interest in some land between Vermilionville and Alexandria, but none at all on the "Central line ;" therefore, if "my opinions upon railroad matters" are only "entitled" to "weight: when "all suspicion of bias," because of landed interests, are removed, them my advocacy of the "Central line: should be accepted as disinterested, while on this basis, I could not claim to be so if I advocated the route to Alexandria via Vermilionville. A line to Texas, via Vermilionville, is as good and direct as any other can be, and this line will, in all probability, be constructed and operated. The line to Red river, via Vermilionville, has superior merits to any other, but it has the disadvantage of indirectness ;  being about twenty miles longer than the direct Louisiana Central line. So far as I am concerned I would like to see both lines to Red river completed, and two or more to Texas.

 New Orleans has been famishing for railroads for a long time ;  there does not, at present, appear to be any danger of her becoming (unreadable word) with them.

 I claim to be free from the bias of personal interest in my advocacy of public improvements in Louisiana, and I do not expect my opinions in regard to railroad matters will have weight with the public, except in so far as they seem to be founded upon sound principles, facts, and a correct appreciation of what is required for the public good. Criticize my argument and theories as much as you like, but please do not impugn my motives.
               Respectfully yours,
                     G. W. R. BAYLEY, C. E.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/20/1873.


Children Need Expression.
Elbert Hubbard.

There is no more preposterous admonition than that which has been dinged into the ears of innocence for centuries, "Children should be seen and not heard."

 The healthy active child is full of impressions and that he should express himself is just as natural as for a bird to sing. It is nature's way of giving growth - no one knows a thing for sure until he tells it to some one else. We deepen impressions by recounting them, and to habitually suppress and repress the child when he want to tell the curious things he has seem, is to display a two-by-four acumen. Lafayette Gazette 9/20/1902.

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