Begins Fourth Annual Session To-Day With Appropriate Exercises.
Today at ten o'clock the fourth annual session of our Industrial Institute will begin. There seems to be every prospect for a large and increased attendance. Students have been coming in on every train for the past three days and the dormitories are being rapidly occupied. The first Faculty meeting was held Monday afternoon with nearly all of the teachers present, and those who had not arrived at that time came in yesterday in time for the second meeting. Mrs. Baker arrived Sunday afternoon and has been very busy preparing the new temporary dormitory to receive the girls. This handsome new house has now been completed and will be fully furnished in all its rooms t0-day. Miss Dupre and Miss McLaurin have taken quarters in this building and will assist Mrs. Baker in having charge of the young ladies. Prof. E. F. Gayle, the new member of the Faculty to take the place of Prof. Roy, has arrived and taken quarters in the boys' dormitory. Prof. Lillibridge also returned Monday and in the dormitory. He and Prof. Gayle will have charge of the young men in the boys' dormitory. Miss Riis, Miss Leftwich, and Miss Bowers have arrived and will live out in town in private residences until the completion of the new brick dormitory that will soon be built on the grounds. Prof. Mayer, with his family, occupies the residence of Prof. Roy just across the street from the boys' dormitory. Prof. Woodson has made other arrangements for this session and future sessions - by getting married and settling down to house keeping in a pretty new home built not far from the Institute grounds during the summer. Prof. Sontag and Mr. Hulse are at their homes in town as they were before.
The opening of the school this morning will be celebrated by appropriate exercises. Rev. Dr. Harper will open the exercises with prayer, Judge Julian Mouton, Hon. Paul DeClouet, and the Rev. Mr. Cronbach have been invited to make addresses on education, and Prof. Sontag has provided a program of musical numbers.
Announcements concerning the work of the new session will be made and after the exercises are concluded the work of enrolling, registering, examining, classifying, and admitting students will be begun. A regular schedule of classes and recitations will be in effect in a day or two and the work of the school will be progressing in regular order.
The hour set for the opening exercises is ten o'clock this morning and the friends and patrons of the Institute and the entire public is most cordially invited to be present. Lafayette Advertiser 9/21/1904.
Generous Gift. - Heywood Bros. have very generously donated the year's supply of oil to the Industrial Institute. The gift was made on their own initiative without solicitation and is highly appreciated. It will amount to about $250 which can be used for adding needed equipment.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/21/1904.
LAFAYETTE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Open Monday With an Attendance of 375, an Increase of 90 Over Last Year.
Monday the town public schools opened with a most flattering attendance. Three hundred and seventy-five were enrolled the first day, being ninety more than were enrolled on the opening day last year.
No special exercises were prepared for the first day, but immediately upon the assembling of the pupils in the various classrooms the teachers began classifying new pupils and assigning lessons. The work was done promptly and expeditiously and everything made ready for regular work yesterday.
In all the schools the children seemed bright and eager for school work. Vacation was over and all appeared prepared to take up books and lessons again.
Several of the old teachers did not return this year and instead new faces greeted the children.
The faculty this year is Principal, W. J. Avery; High School, Misses Zelia Christian, C. A. Dickson, Ruth Baker, of New Orleans, Chizona O'Quin, of Boyce; Primary School, Misses Fadra Holmes, Principal; Emily Horton, Nora Cockerham, of Coushatta; Masonic Hall, Misses Pearl Larche, Mertie Underwood, of Natchitoches.
There are many yet to enter and the enrollment will probably go beyond 400 within the next month. A considerable number of the pupils are from other wards. The new teachers who have been engaged all come to Lafayette with the highest recommendations.
The considerable increase in the enrollment the first day indicates that the past work of the town schools has been appreciated, and is an incentive to teachers to do their best, which they no doubt will. The coming session's work gives promise of the best in the history of the schools. Lafayette Advertiser 9/21/1904.
At Parkerson's Grove Friday Evening a Big Success.
A large crowd attended the Presbyterian entertainment at Parkerson's Grove last Friday night, and from all indications, passed a most enjoyable evening.
The Sontag Band was present and rendered a number of delightful selections, and added greatly to the pleasure of the occasion. A nice and entertaining program had been prepared By Mrs. Chas. Parkerson, which was creditably carried out by a number of bright children, each of whom acted their parts well, receiving hearty applause from the audience.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/21/1904.
Concert a Success.
The concert given by the Ladies' Auxiliary Society of the Presbyterian Church last Tuesday night was indeed a big success.
The Society's ladies deserve much the praise as they all worked most diligently and were untiring in their efforts to make the affair an agreeable one.
Mrs. Charley Parkerson who got up the dramas by the children, proved in her training much dramatic talent and great originality.
The children all did their parts beautifully and everyone enjoyed their young talent. The fancy work of booths were dreams of loveliness, and financially proved quite a success.
A woman's heart and pocketbook always lean towards dainty fancy work, and very little of the ladies' work was left.
The Sontag Band most liberally donated the gate receipts to the church; for which the ladies wish to thank them most cordially. They also wish to extend their services to the Band the 30th and will be delighted to assist them in any possible way.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/21/1904.
Card of Thanks. - The ladies of the Presbyterian Church have requested The Advertiser to express their sincere thanks to Judge J. G. Parkerson for the use of his grove, to the Sontag band for their delightful music and generous gift of the gate receipts, and to all those who attended and assisted in making the entertainment a success.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/21/1904.
Several Hurt.- Monday night as a result of a taste for sugar cane, four negroes had to go to the doctor for repairs. Out in the second ward on Mr. Gustave Duhon's place a colored tenant has a nice crop of cane. Three negroes passing by decided to sample it. The owner promptly raised objection and incidentally a shot gun and with a load of birdshot advised the three cane-hungry trespassers to vamoose. They did - for a piece; but discovering no great damage done to their anatomy, they returned and tried to carve the shot gun shooter. They left him a warning to handle fire arms fore carefully in the shape of a cut across his head laying open the skull and a thrust in the side. Yesterday the entire party was brought before Judge Monnier who let them out under bond. Lafayette Advertiser 9/21/1904.
A Suggestion. - Postmaster Domengeaux requests us to state that the office frequently experiences difficulty in delivering mail to the right parties, because of the failure of many people to have letters addressed in their full names. There are a great many people receiving mail at this office with the same name and same initials. When letters come with only initials given, of course, the office force have no way of telling which one of the owners of the name and initials the letter is intended for. He suggests that in the future, those having mail addressed at this office, have it addressed in their full names, wherever there is the least likelihood of a mistake.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/21/1904.
Citizens Meet at Court House.
Wednesday a number of citizens met at the court house in response to an invitation by Dr. E. L. Stephens and announcement in the papers, to consider and devise plans for the reception and entertainment of the Louisiana State Public School Teachers' Association which will convene here Dec. 27 - 30, about 400 in number. Those present were: Judge Julian Mouton, Alex Delhomme, Aurelien Olivier, A. E. Mouton, E. G. Voorhies, W. J. Avery, O. B. Hopkins, Wm. Campbell, W. A. LeRosen, C. H. Mouton, Ashby Woodson, Dr. E. L. Stephens and L. W. Mayer.
Dr. Stephens stated the object of the meeting and explained at some length the character of the Association, its importance and the benefit to be derived from having them meet in Lafayette. He also emphasized the necessity for providing suitably for the accommodation and entertainment. On motion the meeting went into temporary organization with Dr. Stephens as chairman and L. W. Mayer as secretary. Dr. Stephens then suggested a number of committees to carry out the purpose of the meeting. Judge Mouton moved that the chairman be authorized to appoint the committees at such time as he might deem proper, which was adopted. On the suggestion of Mr. Campbell of Mr. Campbell it was also adopted as the wish of the meeting that the various committee should meet together for the purpose of carrying out the plans of the meeting. The meeting then adjourned. Lafayette Advertiser 9/21/1904.
For Judge 18th Judicial District, PHILIP S. PUGH, of Crowley.
For District Attorney, 18th Judicial District, WM. CAMPBELL, of Lafayette.
For Judge of First District of the First Circuit Court of Appeals, JULIAN MOUTON. Lafayette Advertiser 9/21/1904.
Members Judicial Committee.
J. G. St. Julien, Lafayette; J. W. Lewis, St. Landry; R. F. Rutherford, Cameron; P. J. Chappuis, Acadia, are the recently elected members of the judicial executive committee for the first district of the first circuit court of appeals. The other members to be chosen by the parish committees have not yet been selected. Lafayette Advertiser 9/21/1904.
Republican Mass Meeting. - Republican mass meeting was held in G. A. Breaux's office Saturday to select delegates to the congressional nominating convention to be held in Napoleonville, September 28. John Nugent was made chairman and J. R. Domengeaux, secretary. The following delegates were elected: John Vigneaux, Jos. A. Chargois, John Nugent, G. A. Breaux, J. R. Domengeaux, Jules U. Broussard, H. H. Hutchinson, T. J. Breaux.
Resolutions were adopted endorsing President Roosevelt's administration, after which the meeting adjourned. Lafayette Advertiser 9/21/1904.
"it is what you save, not what you earn that makes you independent."
The First National Bank in Lafayette, having adopted the very popular system of Home Safes, are now placing them in the town and vicinity. The idea is a good one and we expect to find the little Home Safe in every family.
You will never regret starting a savings account. We can all save in small amounts, if not in big, and when once started, you only feel sorry you did not start one long ago.
The little Home Safe is always your friend. You will be surprised many times to see how the small money you don't think much of will accumulate to a nice account always at hand when in need of money.
The little safe costs you nothing; it is loaned to you free of charge when you start an account with one dollar or more, which money you get credit for in your pass book. Lafayette Advertiser 9/21/1904.
NEW TIN SHOP.
Plumbing Work of All Kinds Done.
We will do your plumbing or tin work and guarantee satisfaction. Our shop is on Buchanan street next to the Lafayette Mattress Factory and our phone is 198. Call on us or ring us up. Your order will be promptly attended to. - B. Negrotto & Co. Laf. Advertiser 9/21/1904.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 9/21/1904.
Mr. Frank Moss and Miss Louise Montagne, milliner for Moss and Co., left for New Orleans Sunday to get the latest ideas and styles in millinery.
A session of criminal court will be held next week beginning Monday.
For low rates to the World's Fair via the Texas and Pacific Railway, ask any ticket Agent, or write E. P. Turner, General Passenger Agent, Dallas, Texas.
Jeff Caffery and Willie Mills returned Wednesday morning from a trip to St. Louis, Mammoth Cave and Nashville, Tenn.
Mr. H. A. Gianelloni sent to this office Friday four very large pears which can be seen in the office window. They are excellent for preserving.
J. W. Faulk, who has just come back from the Natchitoches Normal, was a welcome caller at this office Saturday. He will have charge of the Broussard School this session.
Fresh saur kraut and spare ribs and pig's feet at Bunts.
Dr. F. E. Girard and L. F. Salles are enjoying an extensive trip through the west. They expect to visit the City of Mexico, California, San Francisco, Denver, St. Louis and the World's Fair before returning.
Editor Oscar Alpha, of The Franklin Watchman, was in Lafayette Monday and paid The Advertiser a pleasant visit. He came up for the purpose of entering his daughter Miss Elva, in the Industrial to take a course in book keeping and telegraphy. Lafayette Advertiser 9/21/1904.
From the Lafayette Gazette of September 21st, 1901:
Lafayette Shares in the Nation's Grief - Houses Draped in Black and Other Evidences of Mourning.
Last Thursday Lafayette shared in the common grief of the nation. Throughout the day residences and business houses were draped in black, the color of death. Flags and bunting indicated that the sorrow was national in its scope. The familiar colors of the country's flag expressed the patriotic impulse of the citizen, who feels that in the death of the president he has not only lost a friend, but a serious injury has been inflicted upon the commonwealth. Pictures of the lamented executive, surrounded with bunting and immortelles, were seen in a number of places about town.
During that time in the afternoon when the final act of the great tragedy was being enacted in the Canton cemetery, the citizens of this town complied with Mayor Caffery's proclamation and closed their places of business. The banks, the stores, the offices, and the fruit stands shut their doors in obedience to the mayor's request, while many repaired to the Methodist church and the Jewish Synagogue where appropriate memorial services were held.
Rev. C. C. Weir, the Methodist church, had invited the people of the town to join him in the services to be held in memory of the president, and a large number of citizens, irrespective of religious belief, responded to an invitation and were there to participate in the tribute of respect to the deceased were being laid to rest in the cemetery of the Ohio town.
The services were conducted by Rev. Weir, assisted by Rev. Conder of Kansas City.
President Roosevelt's proclamation was read by Crow Girard, Esq. Then Mayor Caffery read Gov. Heard's proclamation and Dr. Moss read Mayor Caffery's.
President McKinley's favorite hymn, "Lea Kindly Light," was sung by the choir and congregation.
Rev. Weir read the funeral service, after which Rev. Conder read an appropriate scriptural lesson. This was followed by the singing of the beautiful hymn, "Gethsemane," by Miss Lizzie Mudd.
"Nearer My God to Thee" was sung by the congregation, at the conclusion of which Mr. Weir spoke feelingly of the private and public virtues of the late president.
At the Jewish Synagogue memorial services were conducted by the Rev. Mr. Friedman who delivered an eloquent oration, eulogistic of the private character and public services of President McKinley.
The following is Mayor Caffery's proclamation:
MAYOR'S OFFICE, LAFAYETTE, LA., September, 17, 1901:
WHEREAS, William McKinley, president of the United States, the nations honored chief, has been struck down by the cruel and cowardly hand of an assassin; and
WHEREAS, Holding this to be a national calamity of grave and serious import - and believing that the deceased by his public and private life, exemplified the noblest and best possibilities of American citizenship, and believing, moreover, that there is in this community universal and genuine sorrow on account of his death -
THEREFORE, I, the undersigned mayor of the town of Lafayette, La., do hereby recommend that the due and proper respect for the distinguished dead, which is felt by all, be shown by the closing on Thursday next, Sept 19, during the hours of the funeral, of all places of business hours of the funeral, of all places of business and public offices, and otherwise by observances becoming to the occasion.
Witness my hand officially, this September 16, 1901.
CHAS. D. CAFFERY, Mayor.
Lafayette Gazette 9/21/1901.
At the Industrial Institute - An Interesting Program and Large Attendance.
The people responded in large numbers to the invitation of President Stephens and Wednesday morning the auditorium of the Industrial Institute was pretty well filled. The program did not only possess the merit of brevity, but it was excellent in other respects. The audience, which was composed of people of this and adjoining parishes heard some good music played by Prof. Sontag, who was accompanied by Mrs. McBride, and listened to three splendid addresses delivered by President Stephens, Mayor Caffery and Dr. C. C. Kramer.
Before the opening of the exercises, President Stephens invited the following gentleman to occupy seats on the stage: Dr. James A. Lee and Capt. Jno. C. Buchanan, members of the Board of Trustees; Mr. A. Olivier, president of the School Board; Prof. L. J. Alleman, superintendent of public education; Mr. M. Billeaud, Jr., president of the Police Jury; Mr. Crow Girard, treasurer of the Industrial Institute; Mayor Chas. D. Caffery and representatives of the press.
With deep earnestness Dr. Stephens expressed the hope and the belief that the educational work thus begun should prove a great good to the community and parish of Lafayette, to Southwestern Louisiana, and to the entire State. He believed that it would grow to be an important factor among the forces tending to the industrial, the intellectual, and the moral uplift of the generations it is to influence; and he bespoke the sincere purpose of his faculty to do everything in their power to make the institution such a factor. He expressed the conviction that the greatest educational force is the moral ideal - quoting the well-known injunction of Emerson: "Arm the man; let him learn in season that he is born into the state of war, and that, taking both reputation and life in his hands, he must dare the gibbet and the mob, by the absolute truth of his speech and the unswerving rectitude of his behavior."
Dr. Stephens took occasion before closing of renewing on behalf of the Industrial Institute an expression of the highest sense of appreciation and gratitude for the eminent public services and self sacrifice of Mr. Robert Martin, of St. Martinville, who conceived, planned, and carried into effect the original establishment of the Institute - or Mrs. Maxim Girard, and her son, Mr. Crow Girard, who gave the magnificent tract of land on which the school is situated - and of the people of the town and the parish of Lafayette, who so generously voted the self-imposed tax which made the present magnificent beginning of the institution possible.
At the conclusion of the exercises President Stephens stated that the examinations would take place in the class-rooms and requested all applicants to present themselves to be examined. One hundred boys and girls applied for entrance. How many among them will be admitted can not be known before the results of the examinations are ascertained. As the number of students will doubtless be increased within the next few days, the enrollment is expected to reach at least 125. This is very satisfactory and the friends of the Institute will no doubt feel gratified that its merits are already recognized by the people of this section. Lafayette Gazette 9/21/1901.
A Friend of the Institute.
It gives us the sincerest pleasure to be informed by Dr. Stephens of the generous contribution from Dr. James A. Lee, of New Iberia, to the fund being raised to build plank walks from the center of town to the Industrial Institute. Dr. Lee was, naturally, the most energetic worker in the cause of gaining the Industrial Institute for New Iberia, but he has proved not a whit the less loyal to the Institute since its establishment in Lafayette. He was present at the opening exercises on Wednesday morning and expressed the deepest interest in every feature of the work the school is undertaking. The Institute is fortunate in having Dr. Lee on its Board of Trustees, and counting him among its best friends. Lafayette Gazette 9/21/1901.
OPENING OF THE INDUSTRIAL INSTITUTE.
The opening of the Industrial Institute took place Wednesday morning with appropriate exercises. The auditorium was filled with people, many of whom being from the adjacent parishes. The program, which had been prepared under the direction of President Stephens, was very interesting and afforded a real intellectual treat to the audience. Three addresses, delivered by President Stephens, Mayor Caffery and Dr. C. C. Kramer, were of a high order of excellence.
President Stephens evinced much satisfaction that the Institute was about to enter upon its career of usefulness. He made an earnest and eloquent appeal to all connected with the institution to do their duty and make of the Institute a great factor in the educational development of Louisiana. The address of President Stephens was eminently practical and no doubt expressed the hopes and aspirations of the man whose very life is wrapped up in the success of the Institute. President Stephens has worked faithfully to make the opening of the school a notable event and fairly indicative of its future greatness, and The Gazette is pleased to state that evidences of his well-directed efforts could be seen in the auspicious commencement.
Mayor Caffery spoke on behalf of the town and parish. He congratulated the people upon the opening of the Institute, recounting the history of the movement from its incipiency to the splendid victory won by Lafayette. Mayor Caffery extended a warm welcome to the students from other towns who have come to enter the Institute.
Dr. C. C. Kramer's masterly effort was a fitting close of the exercises. In his discourse on the cardinal principles of a perfect manhood the learned gentleman fully sustained his reputation as a scholar and thinker. Those who had the good fortune to hear Dr. Kramer, express the hope that they will again have occasion to listen to this.
The Gazette compliments the administration of the Institute upon the character and success of the opening exercises. Nothing less would have sufficed for an occasion of such vast significance. The opening of the Industrial Institute marks an event of the greatest importance in the life of this community. Lafayette Gazette 9/21/1901.
The Public Schools.
The Lafayette public schools opened Monday with a very fair enrollment.
The High School, with Prof. W. A. LeRosen as principal, and Misses Christian and Devall, two trained and experienced teachers, as assistants, will no doubt do good work during this session. Prof. LeRosen has had some needed repairs made around the school. Among the improvements is a new fence, which was very much needed.
At the Primary School Miss Trichel, the principal, and her assistants, Misses Bagnal and Younger, have commenced the session with a good attendance and a determination to do effective work.
Superintendent Alleman made several visits to the district schools this week. He is very busy setting the school machinery in motion. Already evidences of his work are apparent.
The amount reported in the last issue of The Gazette to have been contributed by the citizens of Carencro for the betterment of the public school of that town, has been considerably increased. It is said that the people patronizing the Roger school, in the same ward, have taken steps to raise money to build a new school house. Lafayette Gazette 9/21/1901.
Vandals Strike Methodist Church. - Some promising young hoodlum, who no doubt wanted to distinguish himself, ran his knife through the bulletin-board which was used in front of the post-office to announce the services at the Methodist church. Some one has suggested that the fellow who did this stuff in him which, if properly developed, will make him a first-class anarchist. Lafayette Gazette 9/21/1901.
Dr. Mudd Back Home.
Dr. F. S. Mudd, who left about a month ago to visit his former home in Kentucky, returned to Lafayette delighted with his visit. While in the Blue Grass State the doctor visited his relatives and had occasion to meet a number of old friends. Lafayette Gazette 9/21/1901.
Gaston Gladu Ill. - Dr. A. Gladu received a telegram last Sunday that his son, Dr. Gaston Gladu, was very ill at Westminster, Texas. Dr. Gladu left Monday for Westminster where he is at this time at his son's sickbed. The young man was born and reared in this town where the people sincerely pray that he will recover. Lafayette Gazette 9/21/1901.
Death of A. R. Lisbony. - Mr. A. R. Lisbony, aged about 60 years, died at his home in this town last Friday night after a short illness. Mr. Lisbony was a native of New Orleans. When the Civil War began he enlisted from that city and served the Confederacy on the field of battle. A scar inflicted by an enemy's bullet, testified to his devotion to the "Lost Cause". He was a member of Gardner Camp of United Confederate Veterans. Several of his comrades accompanied his remains to their resting place in the Catholic cemetery. Mr. Lisbony leaves a widow and three children to mourn his loss.
Lafayette Gazette 9/21/1901.
In this paper will be found the advertisement of M. M. Mills, artistic and plain sign painter. Mr. Mills has a workshop in the Chargois building, near the Masonic Hall. He guarantees all work. Should you need his services call up Cumberland phone 161.
C. E. Carey, the well-known painter, is painting T. M. Biossat's jewelry store.
Death of A. R. Lisbony.
Mr. A. R. Lisbony, aged about 60 years, died at his home in this town last Friday night after a short illness. Mr. Lisbony was a native of New Orleans. When the Civil War began he enlisted from that city and served the Confederacy on the field of battle. A scar inflicted by an enemy's bullet, testified to his devotion to the "Lost Cause." He was a member of Gardner Camp of United States Confederate Veterans. Several of his comrades accompanied his remains to their resting place in the Catholic cemetery. Mr. Lisbony leaves a widow and three children to mourn his loss. Lafayette Gazette 9/21/1901.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 9/21/1901.
Dr. James A. Lee, who is greatly interested in the success of the Industrial Institute, came up from New Iberia Wednesday to attend the opening exercises that institution held the next day.
E. J. Olivier, representing the Hart Well Company, was in Lafayette this week supervising the boring of a well for Gerac Bros.
Judge Debaillon went to Crowley Thursday to hold court.
Moses Levy returned to Orange, Tex., Monday after spending several days in Lafayette.
Hyman Plonsky is back from Lecompte. He returned Monday.
Wanted. - Boarders, by Mrs. C. H. Voorhies, opposite Moss & Co.'s. Will accommodate boys attending Industrial Institute.
The Gazette congratulates Sheriff Broussard and his assistant, Miss Leila Cornay, upon the exceedingly tasteful improvements recently made in the sheriff's office.
C. E. Carey, the well-known painter, is painting T. M. Biossat's jewelry store.
Lafayette Gazette 9/21/1901.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of September 21st, 1901:
DEATH OF PRESIDENT MCKINLEY.
The death of President McKinley on last Saturday morning is a source of deep regret and sorrow to the entire American people. That a man of such sterling worth, a such gentle manners and affable disposition, should be struck down by an assassin's bullet is absolutely incomprehensible, unless we look upon Czolgosz and his fellow anarchists as men devoid of reason, or abnormally athirst for notoriety; men who advocate murder and the overthrow of all authority certainly can no longer be considered sane. But nevertheless, such men should not be allowed to run at large, they are too dangerous. They should be either confined where they can do no harm or else be driven from the country, as men whose hand is against all mankind. No matter what punishment may be meted out to the murderer that will not deter other of the dangerous fanatics from further attempts. Only extermination of the abominable sect will assure safety to the public.
In this free republic where every man has a right to vote, to express his wishes in public affairs, there is no excuse, no palliation for a class men with anarchistic principles, and the American people should not tolerate them for a moment. Freedom of speech is indeed a blessing and a privilege, but license is another matter, and when from inflammatory and murderous language, men proceed to murderous deeds, it is high time to hound them out of the free air of America.
The laws of our country, which are but the expression of the will of the people, jealously guard the lives and persons of the humblest citizen, how much more then are we obligated to protect the lives and persons of those whom we choose to honor with office. The murder of President McKinley was so useless, so wanton, that it must bring a shudder of horror to every right-minded man. No one who knew him personally, no one even read of his daily life, but knew how from a poor boy he rose to the highest office in the land by his honesty, pluck, fidelity to friends, and kindly nature. The whole nation knew of his knightly and loving care of his wife, and that alone should have proven to the world that a noble heart beat in his breast. That such a man, whose public and private virtues have made him honored and respected by all irrespective of party, should be the victim of such a dastardly crime, ought to awaken the people to the fact that our free air is nourishing a bloody parasite that is poisoning the the welfare of liberty. There is no room for Anarchists in America. Lafayette Advertiser 9/21/1901.
Lafayette Shows Fitting Respect.
Thursday, the day on which the funeral of President McKinley took place at Canton, Ohio, was observed with marks of fitting respect by the citizens of Lafayette generally. The stores and all public buildings were draped with black, the emblem of mourning, and between the hours of 2 and 4, all places of business were closed and funeral services for the President were held at the churches. All the schools in both town and parish were closed in token of respect and as a token of mourning for the sad death of the nation's chief. Lafayette Advertiser 9/21/1901.
Opening of the Industrial Institute.
On Wednesday Sept. 18, the formal opening of the Industrial Institute took place.
A large crowd, estimated at over 250 was present. The exercises were begun by a brilliant march on the piano by the talented musical director of the Institute Prof. Florent Sontag. Dr. Stephens invited to seats on the stage, Dr. Lee of New Iberia; Capt. J. C. Buchanan, of the Board of Trustees; L. J. Alleman, parish superintendent of schools; A. Olivier, president of the School Board; M. Billeaud, president of the Police Jury; Crow Girard, treasurer of the Institute; Mayor Caffery; and representatives of the press.
Dr. E. L. Stephens, president of the Institute, made a short but very appropriate address in which he appealed to the friends of education to lend their assistance in making the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute a powerful factor in the educational development of Southwest Louisiana.
Prof. Stephens introduced Rev. C. C. Kramer of New Iberia, who opened the session with prayer. Mayor Caffery was the first speaker, who welcomed the pupils, and spoke on education and its advantages. At the conclusion of his address Prof. Sontag rendered "Elgie," a violin solo in his usual happy and artistic manner. Being encored he favored the audience with "Love's Dream After the Ball". Prof. Sontag was very fortunate in having Mrs. McBride for an accompanist, Rev. Kramer was next introduced, and made one of the most eloquent and entertaining speeches ever heard in Lafayette, Rev. Kramer, though a resident of New Iberia, may still be claiming as one of us, for he has charge of the Episcopal churches in both New Iberia and Lafayette, and we are proud to have among us a gentleman as gifted as Rev. Kramer is. Immediately upon the close of Rev. Kramer's address, Dr. Stephens invited all pupils prepared to take the examination to pass to their respective class rooms. More than 100 students presented themselves for examination.
Before dismissing the audience, Dr. Stephens announced that there would be no school on Thursday out of respect to the funeral of President McKinley.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/21/1901.
Opening of Public Schools.
The town public schools opened last Monday with a fine attendance. At the High School there was an enrollment of over 90 and at the Primary school nearly the same number. The High School faculty this year is Prof. W. A. LeRosen, principal; Miss Charlotte Devall, first assistant, and Miss Christian, second assistant; of the Primary School, Miss Trichel, principal; Miss Maggie Bagnal, first assistant, Miss Virgie Younger, second assistant. The town schools have a splendid corps of teachers, and there is every prospect for a most successful session. Lafayette Advertiser 9/21/1901.
Father de la Moriniere preached an eloquent sermon in English at high mass last Sunday at the Catholic church. Father de la Moriniere is a most gifted speaker and Lafayette people will always be glad of the opportunity of listening to him.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/21/1901.
Our 37th. Anniversary. - To-day the Advertiser begins its 37th year. In the future as in the past, the Advertiser will always consistently advocate what it thinks is for the best interests of the people, and its efforts will always be directed toward the upbuilding of the town and parish. Laf. Advertiser 9/21/1901.
No Gusher. - Last Sunday it was rumored in town that a gusher had been struck at Anse la Butte, and that the flow was thousands of barrels a day. It proved to be a false alarm. Nevertheless there was some foundation for the report, for a heavy pressure of gas did cause rock and sand to fly from the well, and finally obstruct the 6 inch pipe. A gusher was expected on that day by both the drillers and shareholders, and perhaps would have been brought in had not the pipe become stopped up. A four inch pipe was employed at once to clean the 6 inch pipe, and the work is still progressing.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/21/1901.
Favorable Report for Anse la Butte.
Mr. Carascristi the geologist who was here some time ago, and made a close examination of Anse la Butte and surrounding territory, stated in an interview that since his connection with different oil fields during the past five years he has not been able to give a more favorable report than the one made about this field. Lafayette Advertiser 9/21/1901.
Concert at Falk's. - A concert will be given at Falk's Opera on Oct. 1st, by the pupils of Mrs. Alfred J. Mouton, assisted by local talent. This concert will be given for the benefit of the new brass band. We hope to see a large audience, as the music itself will be a treat, and the cause is a worthy one.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/21/1901.
Enlarging the Store. - The work of enlarging the store of Mouton and Salles has already been begun, and when finished this store will be one of the largest in town. Lafayette is growing and its trade is rapidly increasing. All the new stores which have been recently built are large and commodious structures; and our old merchants are finding it necessary to add to their stores in order to handle their increasing business.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/21/1901.
The Mudd Addition. - Mudd's addition is rapidly becoming the choice residence section of the town. There are a number of handsome residences already built and there is a good demand for lots. When the addition was laid off, wide streets were given in order to make the addition more attractive.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/21/1901.
Depot Not Lighted. - For some reason the passenger depot is not lighted at night. Those whose business requires them to go there after nightfall, find that they have to pick their way in the dark the best they can. It seems to us for various reasons, that the railroad should have the depot grounds well lighted. The New Iberia depot has electric lights, why not
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 9/21/1901.
To-day Fall commences.
The first cold-snap of the season struck Lafayette Tuesday, following after a heavy rain. It was decidedly cold, and fires were found to be necessary for comfort.
Lafayette parish during the past two weeks had too much rain. Previous to the rains, the crops were in the most promising condition, but since there has been a decided falling off in cotton prospects, and most likely a decrease in the cane.
We have heard a great many complaints from the merchants about the packages received over the railroad, They state that often boxes of goods arrive half open and with part of their contents missing. Such things should not be, and the railroad officials should immediately institute an inquiry and correct the matter.
Dr. A. Gladu left Monday for Westminster, Texas, to visit his son Gaston, who is very ill.
The First Oil Bearing Sand struck at the Moresi well at Anse la Butte Wednesday. The drill is now boring in rock.
The Industrial School shoe for sale at the Lafayette Shoe Store at $3.50.
Engineer Melchert says that the use of oil instead of coal is a big improvement, and will save a large sum to the tax payers.
We call attention of the advertisement of the Laf. Paint Shop in this issue. Mr. M. M. Mills is manager. The shop is located in the old Chargois stand on Vermilion street.
Visit Mrs. Chas. Jeanmard's Millinery store, and see the nice work made by an expert hat trimmer and dress maker.
The theatrical season will soon open. Manager Falk has booked a number of fine attractions, and promises the public one of the best theatrical seasons Lafayette has ever had.
To-morrow the Sontag Military Band will go in uniform to Opelousas, where they have been invited to take part in the festivities to be given in that town.
There are a great number of strangers in town at present, some of course, are due to the opening of the Industrial School, but there are a great many others who are here visiting or on business. Strangers in a town always indicate that the town is alive and growing, and we are glad to note so many among us.
We must commend Prof. LeRosen for having a new fence put in front of the High School and for having added a coat of white wash to the fence. It adds greatly to the appearance of the school.
The Southern Pacific Sunset route will sell tickets from Lafayette to Dallas, Tex., and return Oct. 3 and 4, 1901, at a rate of $14.95, on account of Louisiana Day at the Texas State Fair.
We have heard a great many complaints from the merchants about the packages received over the railroad. They state that often boxes of goods arrive half open and with part of the contents missing. Such things should not be and the railroad officials should immediately institute an inquiry and correct the matter.
The experiment made by the Council in placing oyster shells on the streets has proved a complete success. Where the shells were put the streets are in fine condition. It would be a good move on the part of the council to have more streets covered with the shells and another layer placed on those streets which have already been laid with them.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/21/1901.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of September 21st, 1899:
THE LAFAYETTE TROUBLES.
[Special to the N. O. Picayune.]
Lafayette, La., Sept. 16. - The contemplated jail delivery mentioned yesterday has proven, as anticipated by your correspondent, to be without the shadow of foundation and was most probably the offspring of some fertile but malicious imagination. The sheriff, however, acting under what he considered reliable information and taking into consideration the present deplorable condition of affairs, was fully justified in the measure taken to protect the jail and his prisoners.
After being on duty all night, the sheriff dismissed his posse at an early hour this morning, and it is not probable that the same will be needed again very soon, save in some unforeseen emergency.
The day has been remarkably quiet, and the only damage sustained inconsequence of the military movements made last night was reported by Dr. H. D. Guidry. The doctor lives on a farm just behind that portion of town denominated generally Freetown has, or rather had, a fine patch of cotton, which he states was greatly damaged by negroes who took refuge in the field last night. The truth of this statement is vouched for and may be taken as a complete refutation of the idle rumor in regard to an uprising of the blacks.
Sheriff Broussard has made no further arrests, and stated that the was unable to say anything in reference to the probable number contemplated.
The constant tension of the public mind during the past few days has had a very demoralizing effect. People generally express themselves as heartily disgusted with the present phase of affairs, Business men especially view the outlook with forebodings.
Colonel Farries is still here, but is non-communicative as to his purposes or intentions.
The following document handed your correspondent to-day speaks for itself:
To the Picayune: The recent atrocious crimes, which have raised a cry of indignation and shudder of horror in the parish of Lafayette and throughout the country, having, as in previous cases of outrages and violations of the law, been ascribed to an association of white people of which we are undersigned, are offices, and to which the name of "regulators" has been given by slanderers and those ignorant of our principles and motives, we deem it a duty to ourselves and to those whom we represent to repel and stigmatize with the brand of contempt the sensational and calumnious misrepresentations of certain newspapers that we are regulators, and as such violators of the law, mob, rioters, etc., to be held responsible for all any outrages committed by individuals and by evil-doers such as exist in all communities. The threats of a United States senator and of sectional fanatics "to arm the hand of the negro with the torch of the incendiary and the dagger of the assassin," together with the utterance of a colored writer of New Orleans that "matches are cheap and can be substituted for rifles," imposed upon the people of the south an imperative duty of preparing for self-defense, and for that purpose we organized an association by the name of the "Lafayette Whites" with no other motive than the protection of our homes and families in case of a conflict of races, and to maintain within the limits of the laws of our country the supremacy of the white race.
In vindication of these motives and principles and to refute malicious misrepresentations we court the broad daylight of a far, impartial investigation, and we invite any one who may wish to examine our regulations and by-laws. We are moreover ready to place the stamp of falsehood on the cheek of all our accusers.
To conclude, we will state that the services of our association have, on former occasions, been offered to the sheriff and accepted by him, and we are now as we ever have been ready to assist him in arresting and bringing to trial all guilty parties.
Signed by: Alex DeClouet, C. C. Brown, Alex Martin, P. Langlinais, J. E. Mouton, C. Doucet, A. A. Labbe, J. H. David, Alex M. Broussard, Jules U. Broussard.
This morning Mr. Paul DeClouet, son of General Alex DeClouet, called upon Colonel Farries at his office, and later the colonel in company with Mr. Mouton, paid a visit to General DeClouet, who lives some eight miles from here. Colonel Farries returned at a late hour this evening, and when questioned in regard to what transpired he answered that absolutely nothing had been spoken in relation to regulators or their alleged connection with recent outrages committed in this parish; that he and the general had spent the day very pleasantly in recounting the reminisces of old war times. The colonel is an old-time comrade of the general and fought with him during the war.
Your correspondent spent a few moments in pleasant conversation with the colonel, in which he stated that he had nothing to do with the rumored disbanding of the regulators, or anything else of that nature.
The report is current this evening that General DeClouet and some four five captains had a meeting at which it was proposed to Colonel Farries that the state authorities should abandon the prosecution of the prisoners now in custody and the regulators would then disband. What truth there is to it is hard to say, in the face of the declaration of Colonel Farries to-night. Rumors are rife, and too much confidence cannot be placed in what very often originates from irresponsible parties. Lafayette Advertiser 9/21/1899.
Fancy Dress and Calico Ball. - Next Friday night, the 27th inst., the grand fancy dress and calico ball, to be given at Falk's Opera House by Morgan Lodge No. 317, Brotherhood of Railroad Brakemen, of Lafayette, will certainly take place, and is going to be the event of the season. The gentleman having the management of this affair have gone to extra pains and expense to make it au fait in every particular, and that's just what it is going to be. Do not fear but that your every anticipation of pleasure will be fully realized. Lafayette Advertiser 9/21/1899.
Fair Audience. - The "Irish Hearts of Old" troupe played to a very fair audience in Falk's Opera House last Wednesday night. It is an excellent company, and their acting was highly appreciated.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/21/1899.
Ginning Commenced. - Messrs. Gerac Bros. & Pellerin commenced ginning and baling cotton at their large gin, near town, last Monday morning and on Thursday evening had turned out eighty-nine barrels of over 500 pounds each. The cotton is all of fine texture and of high grade. Lafayette Advertiser 9/21/1899.
More Arrests in Cormier Killing. - Since our last issue there have been two additional arrests of parties charged with complicity in the killing of Cormier and his daughter - Eraste Patin and Charles Guidry. It is stated that there will be no more arrests made just at present, and the excitement has quieted down considerably. Lafayette Advertiser 9/21/1899.
Added On. - Mouton Brothers have added to and refashioned their store on Lincoln avenue, opposite Mrs. Rigues' hotel, and have made it a neat and commodious business house. They will move into their new quarters very shortly. Lafayette Advertiser 9/21/1899.
Seining Party. - It isn't every time that a seining party starts out with the anticipations of a feast that they "make the riffle." We heard of a gay and festive crowd that went out from Lafayette last week, and after seining about twenty miles of bayou they had caught one little perch about as big as minute. Fortunately they ran across some chickens, or they would have come home hungry. Lafayette Advertiser 9/21/1899.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 9/21/1899.
The weather the past week as been very dry and favorable for cotton picking, but in town the dust was almost unbearable.
We had a pretty good cool spell the middle of the week, and heavy clothing was hustled on in short order. There was heavy frost and snow in some of the Northern States.
Wild geese and ducks are beginning to wing their flight to our coast and sea marshes.
This is a sort of off year with our pecan trees. They are bearing very light this season.
The St John Church steeple and front look quite bright and attractive in their coating of fresh paint.
Mr. H. L. Monnier is now at his old stand near the depot and is paying the highest market price for cotton in the seed. Farmers having cotton for sale should call on him.
Mr. Ed. Tanner is working as night operator in the railroad office here for a time in place of Mr. J. D. Davis, who is taking his Fall vacation at his home in Plaquemines parish.
Those who should know say that the caterpillars have cut the cotton crop short fully one half. Where the cotton was not poisoned the worms have stripped all the leaves, and those fields present a truly pitiable appearance.
The Crescent and Quickstop base ball clubs will play on their regular grounds to-morrow afternoon. It is expected that the Quicksteps will appear in their new uniform. Ladies are especially invited to attend.
Mr. Arthur Hebert is building an extensive addition to his grocery store, on Lincoln avenue, east of the railroad, to accommodate his fast growing trade.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/21/1899.
From the Lafayette Gazette of September 21st, 1895:
LET IT BEAR ITS SHARE.
It is to be hoped that the Southern Pacific Company will do the right thing by the cane planters this year. Prices are so low, that if the railroad company collect the same charges as last year, it is questionable if the planters will have anything left after the payments of the costs incurred by cultivation, cutting, loading, etc. Wages of the field hands have been reduced, the price of cane has been much lowered, in fact everybody connected with the cultivation of cane and its manufacture into sugar must be satisfied with a smaller profit. We believe that it is only simple justice that the railroad company should bear its share of the burden imposed by low prices. We are aware that the company is put to considerable trouble and great expenditure of money by hauling of cane to the refineries; but it is our firm conviction that its earnings are sufficiently large to justify the planters in asking for a reduction of freight charges. If the laborer, the planter and the manufacturer can afford to accept less, why should the railroad not to do the same? When prices were good and the country was prosperous the railroad enjoyed its share of that prosperity which it had largely assisted in bringing about. It was entitled to a part of the "fat" and it got it. Now that things have changed; that the country is suffering and the poor planter is the principal victim of the hard times, is it not meet that it be called upon to do its best to lighten the burden? Lafayette Gazette 9/21/1895.
After an undisturbed silence our estimable contemporary, The Advertiser, has awakened from its slumbers and has grown aggressive that at times it forgets the dignity if age and becomes amusingly sensational. Our esteemed neighbor has made some astounding discoveries of late. He has made the discovery that these many years the Democrats of Lafayette parish, with perhaps the exception of himself and few intensely independent and thoroughly disinterested patriots, have been led by three or four political dictators; that they have allowed themselves to be used as a subservient tools by a handful of bosses, who have gotten to be so powerful and arrogant that cremation has been devised as the safest and speediest means to do away with them. Our good friend has also revealed the existence in this parish of a band of reformers into whose hands alone the affairs of this parish would be safe. We suppose that some of these reformers made their debut as such, as the Falk's hall meeting. They are no doubt very worthy gentlemen and good fellows, but for heaven's sake, Van, don't try to pass them off as reformers. Anything else except that. Some of them might turn out to be howling successes in almost any line of business, but as reformers never. The people have tried them. They had excellent chances to reform the parish and municipal administration and everybody knows what brilliant reformers they have been. That kind of reform will hardly bear repetition.
The Advertiser seems not to know that there is in this parish a regularly organized Democratic party and it is simply conversing through his hat when it says that nominations have been made by a few "dictators" and not by the majority of Democrats. That kind of political clap-trap will deceive no one acquainted with the people of this parish, who are too intelligent and too honorable to be "dictated to," and we are really surprised that The Advertiser should make such a remarkable assertion. Who ever heard of the white men of Lafayette being led by bosses? That kind of thing might do with the negroes, but no self-respecting white man will be bulldozed or led in any way. If there live such a person in this parish we would like to see him; he would indeed be a curiosity. It has been our experience that the white voters are as a rule men of intelligence and honesty, who can be depended upon in all emergencies. They have always been first and foremost in the ranks of the party and when it was necessary they asserted their supremacy over a band of vicious whites and their black allies. They were never known to shirk a duty and they are not of the stuff of which political slaves are made. We appreciation the fact that certain gentlemen, who have serenely gentlemen, who have securely bobbed up as reformers, may have a grievance against the white people of this parish for having voted them out of office, that is a natural feeling.
In its last editorial on the political situation, The Advertiser speaks of professional politicians, etc. Against these much abused persons The Gazette has nothing to say; but it ill-becomes our friend to warn the people against the politicians, for some of the leading members of the faction represented by his paper are nothing if not politicians. Should the people follow his advice to be shy of the politicians, the "comite executive de la faction anti-administrative" had better withdraw from the contest at the very outset.
Lafayette Gazette 9/21/1895.
A Tough Negro. - Numa Dugas, a negro, came to town Wednesday to make an affidavit against another negro named Joe Ruyer, who Dugas swears, waylaid and shot him at 9 o'clock Sunday night. Dugas bore the mark of the assault upon his life. A bloody shirt showed where the bullet entered the body and where it went out. The wound was such as to make any ordinary man fear some fatal results, but Dugas' face wore a broad smile while making his statement to Judge McFaddin and Sheriff Broussard. When asked for the bullet he quietly put his hand in his pocket and produced the leaden missile which had gone through his body. Judging from the way he spoke he looked upon bullets as absolutely harmless things. The simple fact of one going through his body was just a trifling incident, not sufficiently serious to disturb him in the least. He said that he found the bullet in his clothes. He gave what seemed to be a truthful account of the affair which appears to be a foul attempt at assassination. Lafayette Gazette 9/21/1895.
A Timely Appeal.
Editor Gazette - The Lafayette Public School opened Sept. 9, with an enrollment of 140 pupils, a number beyond the efficient working capacity of the three teachers employed. A number of children have been turned away since opening day and as many pupils in attendance last session have not entered. The situation is becoming more and more embarrassing every day. It is indeed hard to refuse willing and anxious children so essential a boon as rudimentary education and yet under present circumstances it must be done. A little girl, neat and firm, came to school this week; her little face, all radiant with expectations, but - alas ! was obliged to return home, her eyes filled with tears and her heart broken by the cruel disappointment. Parents come almost every day to demand admission for their children and I simply ask the question, "How long shall this condition of affairs be tolerated in Lafayette "? It is a question that demands immediate consideration, and prompt and decisive action. It is a question that effects the material progress of Lafayette to a far greater extent that the solution of financial problems discussed ad infinitum et ad nauseam.
But to the business point.
The Board has always done with its limited resources all that could be reasonably expected, and, it is safe to say, will continue to do so. But, the community must come bravely forward with timely and substantial assistance. The gods help them that help themselves. My proposition is this; Employ an extra teacher to take, say 20 or 40 beginners out of the primary department and with chart, blackboard, etc., instruct them for half a day in a room by themselves, thus doing more effective work and relieving the primary grades. I have the room and we must get the teacher. A gentleman without solicitation has pledged $5.00, and I invite all interested to consider the matter, and consult with the director, Mr. J. E. Trahan, or the undersigned in order that some definite action may be secured at the next meeting of the Board in October. Friends, I am in earnest in this matter and I beseech your hearty co-operation to the end that, ample accommodation may be afforded all who desire public education. The cost of this arrangement will be nominal.
R. C. GREIG, Principal.
Lafayette Gazette 9/21/1895.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 9/21/1895.
Deputy Sheriff Thomas Mouton has returned to Lafayette and is now attending to his official duties. Tom is looking much better.
Dr. Lyons, the venerable physician from Ridge, was in Lafayette Tuesday.
Edward Pellerin came to Lafayette Monday to be present at the meeting of the jury commissioners.
The jury commissioners met at the court-house Tuesday and drew the venire for the October term of court, which will convene on the 7th of that month.
The Business Men's Association will meet at Falk's hall Monday night. We understand that the question of waterworks will be discussed, and it is hoped that there will be a full attendance.
No one has yet announced himself a candidate for sheriff against the present incumbent. Mr. Broussard has been such a good official that it is not thought there will be much opposition to his re-election.
Lafayette Gazette 9/21/1895.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of September 21st, 1878:
WEATHER AND CROPS.
After a long dry spell we are receiving some fine showers. The cotton and sugar are most promising, and no worms are yet to be seen. In fact, it is too late to anticipate much injury from that source.
New cotton is coming in and the picking is said to be larger than for several years past. Until the yellow fever scare subsides however, there will be but light shipments.
For the acreage in sugar cane the amount of sugar that will go to marker will probably not fall behind the most favorable season for the past decade. The corn crop is an immense one, many or our small planters having enough to last them two years if they sell none. But for the nightmare that broods over the minds of our people in regard to the scourge that is devastating so many cities, town and villages, and the possibility of its paying us a visit, we might be a cheerful and contented people.
From the Iberia Journal and in the Lafayette Advertiser 9/21/1878.
Special to the Lafayette Advertiser.
NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 14, 1878.
The Board of Health reports to noon yesterday, new cases 123, deaths 58.
Board of Health reports to noon to-day 309 new cases and 59 deaths.
In Thibodeaux on Wednesday last the fever spreading all over town, 10 cases occurred within 5 hours; - from Wednesday to to-day there were 25 cases.
In Baton Rouge, 56 new cases in last 24 hours and 3 deaths.
Biloxi, Miss. - The fever has made its appearance here, 3 deaths yesterday and three new cases reported to-day.
In Canton, 36 new cases and 4 deaths.
In Vicksburg, a frost reported this morning; 44 deaths from yellow fever in last two days; a slight increase in new cases.
Holly Springs, no abatement of fever here; two doctors taken sick to-day - mortality fearful.
One death at Cairo; great excitement prevails; four new cases but no deaths in past several days; doctor's have got control of the fever.
One case of fever on the Tarleton plantation below Franklin.
Condition of the fever unchanged in Morgan City.
NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 17, 1878.
Board of Health reports for 24 hours ending Sunday at M., new cases 129 and 59 deaths.
Board of Health reports to noon Monday, 108 new cases and 73 deaths.
Reports to noon to-day (Tuesday), 223 new cases and 63 deaths.
In Memphis there is no decrease of the scourge; 111 deaths in last 24 hours; can't get a number of new cases.
Crystal Springs - Fifteen new cases; and seven deaths at Dry Grove.
Grenada, four new cases and six deaths.
Greenville - 133 deaths to date.
Clanton - Thirty new cases and two deaths in last 24 hours.
Baton Rouge - Thirty new cases and two deaths; total cases to date 506.
Cincinnati - Three deaths at Gallipolis since Friday.
Port Gibson - Up to yesterday 560 cases and 96 deaths.
Morgan City - Four deaths since yesterday morning, and three expected to die any moment. Between 75 and 80 cases on hand.
Eight deaths at L'Abbadieville.
Some cases reported at Ocean Springs, Biloxi, Pass Christian and Bay St. Louis.
NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 19th, 1878.
The New Orleans Board of Health reports for last 24 hours, 195 new cases and 55 deaths.
Thibodaux - Three new cases reported this morning.
Grenada - One death and three new cases.
Memphis - 91 death in last 24 hours; there is no decrease in new cases; number of new cases not ascertained.
Baton Rouge - Three deaths and 25 new cases; Ex. Gov. Bard is dead; total deaths to date about 40; total cases 601.
Canton - Total cases 435, total deaths 75. During last 24 hours 10 new cases and 11 deaths.
Vicksburg - Twelve deaths and 50 new cases.
Morgan City - Total cases over 1,00; from 12 M. yesterday to this morning 8 new cases and 4 deaths.
Reports this morning from Clark and Steele plantation below Pattersonville, give 6 deaths and 30 new cases on the place. Both Steele and the two Clerks down.
Fever also reported on the Meads' place below Franklin.
Mr. Tarleton and his wife both down.
Postmaster Thompson of Memphis, having died of yellow fever, his widow will be appointed to the vacant office.
Advices from Plaquemine report large increase in cases and mortality; assistance badly needed. Lafayette Advertiser 9/21/1878.
City Council of Vermilionville.
Regular Session, Sept. 2nd, 1878.
Present : J. O. Mouton, Mayor and Councilmen Alpha, Ed. McBride, R. L. McBride, W. B. Lindsay, Vigneaux and Hebert. Absent: Landry.
The minutes of the preceding meetings were read and adopted.
The committee appointed at a meeting of the citizens of this Town, presented their report to the Council suggesting that the Council take immediate action in establishing a more stringent quarantine, and tendering so said Council the services of a volunteer constabulary force, &c., and on motion, said report was duly received and unanimously adopted.
On motion of Mr. Lindsay seconded by Mr. Hebert, it was unanimously
Resolved, That no goods of any description shall hereafter be admitted within the limits of this corporation, whether or not they come from infected districts.
Resolved, That no person or persons, whether or not they come from infected districts, shall be allowed to pass through or enter the limits of this corporation, unless they be residents of the parish of Lafayette and offer proper and sufficient proof if required to do so, that they have not left the parish for twenty days next preceding the day on which they offer or attempt so to pass through or enter said limits ; provided that the lapse of 24 hours be and is hereby allowed to persons who are out of the parish and corporation to return thereto,
Resolved, That the authorities constituted by this council to carry out the foregoing resolutions, be and are authorized to use all necessary force and violence, in the execution of these resolutions and to expel from the limits of the corporation all such persons.
Resolved, That all goods found in the limits of the corporation in violation of these resolutions, shall be confiscated and sold according to law, for the benefit of the corporation, and that the owner or owners thereof be fined in the sum of twenty five dollars for each and every offence, and that the payment of said fine be enforced by suit before any court of competent jurisdiction.
Resolved, That the U. S. Mail stages, the contents thereof and the drivers of said stages, be and are hereby prohibited from entering or being carried through the limits of the corporation.
On motion of Mr. Lindsay seconded by Mr. Hebert it was unanimously
Resolved, That a committee of five citizens be appointed by the Mayor, for the purpose of soliciting subscriptions in aid of the foregoing resolutions and that the sums realized thereby, be turned over to the town Treasurer and held subject to the orders of the Board of Police this day created under the report of the citizens of this town.
The Mayor appointed Messrs. John Clegg, Benj. Falk, M. E. Girard, W. B. Bailey and Thompson Rhodes on said committee.
Resolved, That the quarantine limits of this corporation be and are hereby established as follows : Beginning at the intersection of the Texas and Opelousas roads, thence running east in a straight line to the intersection of the Breaux Bridge and Prairie Sorrel roads, thence south in a straight line to the Hebrew Rest, thence west in a straight line to Alexander Guidry's field gate, thence north to the starting point.
On motion of Mr. Lindsay seconded by R. L. McBride, it was unanimously
Resolved, That in view of the adopted report of the citizens of this town, recommending the organization of a volunteer constabulary force, the Mayor be and is hereby authorized to appoint four members which, with one superintendent or chief to be appointed by the citizens, shall constitute the Board of Police of this town.
The Mayor appointed Messrs. H. Eastin, C. P. Alpha, Jean Vigneaux and Wm. Campbell, Jr., on said Board.
On motion of R. L. McBride seconded by Mr. Hebert, is was unanimously
Resolved, That in view of the aforesaid report, a body of five composed of aforesaid and styled the Board of Police of Vermilionville, be and are hereby recognized by this Council, and that they be clothed with plenty power to use all and every means recommended by said Council, for the purpose of enforcing stringently and in co-operation with the regular quarantine guards of this town, the exclusion of all contrabands either of goods or persons, and that the services of said volunteer guards be and are hereby accepted.
On motion of Mr. Vigneaux seconded by Mr. Alpha, it was unanimously
Resolved, That the Mayor be and is hereby instructed to notify the Postmaster at New Orleans, not to forward any mail matter to this place.
Resolved, That the foregoing resolutions take effect from and after their passage.
JOHN O. MOUTON, Mayor.
H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/21/1878.
Police Jury Proceedings.
Regular Session, Sept. 2nd, 1878.
Present: Onez Broussard, president, Adolphe Comeaux, M. G. Broussard, Alfred Peck and Aurelien Primeaux.
A committee representing a mass meeting of the citizens of the town of Vermilionville presented the following:
"To the Hon. Police Jury of the Parish of Lafayette:
The undersigned, a committee on behalf of a meeting of citizens of Vermilionville, held August 31st, 1878, beg leave to present the following petition from that meeting:
In all times of distress and danger, it behooves the public authorities charged with the government of communities to see that all means possible be used to protect the citizens in their lives and property.
At this day, the citizens under your special care are satisfied that their lives are jeopardized by the near approach of the yellow fever that brings in its wake death and so much distress. As a committee of your citizens, we now come to you and appeal for assistance from you - promising that the utmost diligence and scrupulous care will be used in its proper expenditure by a proper committee under supervision of the Board of Health. Respectfully, M. E. Girard, W. B. Bailey, John Clegg."
The communication having been read ; on motion, the following ordinance was adopted :
Whereas, it is to the interest of all the citizens of the parish, that the public health should be preserved, and whereas it is deemed that this end may be reached by a strict quarantine.
Section 1. Therefore be it ordained by the Police Jury of the Parish of Lafayette, that the sum of Six Hundred Dollars be and is hereby appropriated out of the revenues of the current year to be taken out of the several funds of the year ratably or proportionately as the tax collector makes his monthly settlements.
Section 2. That the sum herein before appropriated shall be expanded and paid out only upon the approved and warrants of all the members of the Executive Committee of the Board of Health of Lafayette parish, and they shall report monthly to this body their dispositions.
Section 3. That the Parish Treasurer be and is hereby directed and empowered to transfer whatever money he may have in hand to the credit of the Jury fund to the fund herein created and to be known as the quarantine fund.
That this ordinance take effect from and after its passage.
On motion, the following was adopted :
Be it ordained, That the guards, wardens and other officers appointed and to be appointed under and by authority of the Board of Health of this parish, are empowered and authorized to execute all process and orders and regulations emanating from said Board in pursuance of their trust ; and to that end the said guards, wardens and other officers may call upon citizens to aid them in the discharge of their duties.
That this ordinance take effect from and after its passage.
The committee composed of Messrs. Alex. Meaux, Adolphe Comeau and Syphroyen Landry, appointed to contract for the repairing of Pin Hook bridge made their report, which was read and adopted.
The committee composed of Messrs. Jules Guidry, Theophile Breaux and W. H. Cunningham, appointed to trace a road from Montgomery's bridge to the Mermentau river, made the following report :
"We the undersigned committee appointed by the Police Jury of the Parish of Lafayette on the 9th of January, 1878, to trace a road from the bridge near Montgomery's plantation leading to the Mermentau river, assembled this day, and a careful examination have decided the following. That it should start from the old public road behind Montgomery's plantation, known since 1858, taking the line which separates the townships 9th and 19th and following said line as far as Queue Tortue Bayou which is the line of division of Lafayette and St. Landry parishes and as a bridge is indispensable on said bayou Queue Tortue for the mail; we recommend the Police Jury to have a conference with the Police Jury of St. Landry to have one built as soon as possible."
The report having been read, on motion, the report was adopted.
On motion, resolved, that Mr. Romain Francez, Parish Surveyor, be and he is hereby authorized and empowered to make in conjunction with the Parish Surveyor of the parish of St. Martin, a survey of the North-eastern boundary of this parish, whenever the Parish Surveyor of St. Martin shall be so authorized, and determine whether the lands in the Michel swamp be in this parish provided full compliance with the statutes of the State in such cases provided to be had.
Mr. Caffery member of the Board of Health appeared and requested the President to fill the vacancy on the Board of Health caused by the resignation of Mr. Joseph Plonsky. The President appointed M. E. Girard, Esq., to fill said vacancy.
On motion the following was adopted.
Resolved, That Messrs. Adolphe Comeau and Aurelien Primeaux be and are hereby authorized to take and use for reparation of bridges in the fourth and fifth wards, the old lumber remaining which was taken from the Pin Hook bridge and to sell and pay over the proceeds to the Parish Treasurer for credit to the Bridge fund any surplus of lumber, old or new, which may not be used for the purpose above mentioned.
On motion the following commissioners and clerks of election for the respective precincts were elected and appointed, to-wit :
1st Ward, 1st precinct - Ernest Potier, Ad. L. Guilbeau, Charles A. Guidry ; Ad. Broussard, clerk.
1st Ward, 2nd precinct - Clemille Bernard, A. Simon Boudreaux, Paul A. Martin; G. Guilbeau clerk.
2nd Ward, 3rd precinct - Antoine Guidry, Preston Hoffpauir, Theophile Breaux ; W. H. Cunningham, clerk.
2nd Ward, 4th precinct - Louis G. Breaux, Gerassin Doucet, Clemille Trahan; R. S. Thomas, clerk.
3rd Ward, 5th precinct - E. A. Guilbeau, V. E. Dupuis; Edgar Martin, clerk.
3rd Ward, 6th precinct - Chas. P. Alpha, H. M. Bailey, Walter H. Williams; C. D. Caffery, clerk.
4th Ward, 8th precinct - C. T. Patin, Alex Verrot, Drozin I. Broussard; E. H. Levy, clerk.
4th Ward, 9th precinct - Octave Theriot, Overton Cade, Harrison Theall; F. P. Parent, clerk.
5th Ward, 7th precinct - Valsin Brousssard, J. G. St. Julien, Aurelien Olivier; M. Melancon, clerk.
The following accounts were examined and approved:
John Clegg, salary for last three quarters ending Aug. 22nd 1878 ... $187.50
Alex Meaux, services on committee ... $6.00
H. Eastin, Sheriff, divers accounts ... $94.75
Narcisse M. Dugas, juror & witness fees ... $12.60
Jean Guilbeau, road overseer ... $25.00
Hypolite Breaux, repairing bridge ... $10.00
Broussard & Decuir ... $221.72
Edouard Fabre, hauling lumber ... $110.70
Antoine Guidry, juror fees ... $3.00
Chas. O. Olivier, jailer's fees ... $55.20
There being no further business the Police Jury adjourned.
ONES BROUSSARD, President.
J. N. JUDICE, Clerk.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/21/1878.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of August 21st, 1908:
DAMAGE SUIT AGAINST CITY.
Mrs. Alfred Voorhies Asks $3,500 for Injury from Falling on Sidewalk. - Council to Fight Suit.
The City Council held a special meeting Wednesday afternoon to take action in regard to a suit for $3,500 damage filed against the city by Mrs. Alfred Voorhies through her attorney, O. C. Mouton. Mrs. Voorhies, who is 73 years of age, stepped into an excavation in the sidewalk on Lafayette street, midway between Convent and Main street, while on her way to attend the closing ceremonies at Mt. Carmel Academy, on June 26 last, and fell and broke her thigh. The suit for damages alleges that the fall and consequent injury sustained was on account of the bad condition of the sidewalk.
The Council decided to fight the suit and Mayor Mouton, Dr. A. R. Trahan and Dr. G. A. Martin were appointed a committee to engage a lawyer and take the necessary steps to protect the city's interest. The meeting then adjourned. City Attorney Jno. L. Kennedy has been retained to represent the city. Lafayette Advertiser 8/21/1908.