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From the Lafayette Gazette of September 22nd, 1900:


   Several thousand dollars worth of lumber, belonging to Mr. A. J. Ross, was destroyed by fire last Thursday morning. The fire was discovered early in the morning and before assistance could be rendered, the building, which contained the lumber, twenty-four wagons and other articles of value, was covered with flames and in a short while it was entirely destroyed. Books and papers, which were not in the safe, were also destroyed. The origin of the fire is not known. The timely work of the firemen saved the High School building and perhaps other houses in that street. The firemen worked very hard and deserve much credit.

  The fire is quite a blow to Mr. Ross as the property was only partly covered by insurance.

  Mr. Ross has taken steps to rebuild the yard and his business will soon be in full operation again. Lafayette Gazette 9/22/1900.

Lumber Yard Destroyed.

 Several thousand dollars worth of lumber, belonging to Mr. A. J. Ross, was destroyed by fire last Thursday morning. The fire was discovered early in the morning and before assistance could be rendered the building, which contained the lumber, twenty-four wagons and other articles of value, was covered with flames and in a short while it was entirely destroyed. Books and papers, which were not in the safe, were also destroyed. The origin of the fire is not known.

 The timely work of the firemen saved the High School building in that street. The firemen worked very hard and deserve much credit.

 The fire is quite a blow to Mr. Ross as the property was only partly covered by insurance.

 Mr. Ross has taken steps to rebuild the yard and his business will soon be in full operation again. Lafayette Gazette 9/22/1900.   

Week in the Court-room - A Large Number of Cases Disposed of - Jules Poimbouef to Wreck a Train and Convicted.

 Judge Debaillon, District Attorney Campbell, Clerk Voorhies and Sheriff Broussard deserve credit for a week of good, hard work.

 The following is condensed account of the cases disposed  of during the week. The fines are all exclusive of costs. In default of payment an imprisonment was imposed:

 Simeon Begnaud, selling liquor to minors; pleaded guilty. Fined $25.
 Emmanuel and Raoul Pellerin, selling liquor to minors; pleaded guilty. Fined $25. Same parties pleaded guilty to allowing gambling on premises and were fined $25.

 George Martin, assault and battery; pleaded guilty. Fined $10.

 Alexander Habit, selling liquor to minors; pleaded guilty. Fined $25.
 Clomer Clark, assault and battery, pleaded guilty. Fined $10.
 Eli Foreman, carrying concealed weapon pleaded guilty. Fined $25.
 Theresa Trahan; colored, assault and battery; pleaded guilty. Fined $10.
 Andrew Prade, carrying concealed weapon; pleaded guilty. Fined $15.
 Jack Belony, colored, larceny; tried by jury and convicted.
 Walter Hebert, colored, larceny; tried by a jury and convicted.
 Adam Gallien, colored, violating labor contract; tried by the judge and convicted.

 Eli Foreman, assault with a dangerous weapon; pleaded guilty. Fined $30.
 Joe Dugas, larceny; tried by a jury and convicted.
 The trial of the case of Jules Poimboeuf for attempting to wreck a train lasted two whole days. The accused was represented by Judge O. C. Mouton and Mr. Jos. A. Chargois who made a most skillful defense. The State was represented by District Attorney Campbell and Laurent Dupre, Esq., who conducted the prosecution with much ability. The jury found Poimboeuf guilty as charged. The law fixes the penalty in this case at twenty years in the penitentiary.
Lafayette Gazette 9/21/1900.

Makes a Final Report After a Whole Week of Hard and Effective Work.

 The Grand Jury made the following report to Judge Debaillon last Saturday and was discharged:

 To the Hon. C. Debaillon, Judge of the 18th Judicial District Court of Louisiana:

 Your Grand Jury, duly empanelled for service at this term of the court, having made careful and diligent examination of all matters given us in charge by your honor, as well as all other matters coming to us all other matters coming to us from the different sources, beg to leave to submit the following report:

 That in examination of criminal cases, sent in from the justices of the peace courts, we have found it our duty to report no true bills in a number of cases on account of the trivialities of the charges, and we would recommend to the several magistrates, throughout the parish, that they be more careful in their examinations before making affidavits.

 We recommend that the Police Jury appoint a committee to confer with the clerk, relative to necessary repairs and improvements in and to his office. His books and papers we found well kept.

 The sheriff's office was also visited and his books and accounts were found well kept and correct. In connection with this office we recommend that a counter be placed therein to facilitate the handling of the business of the office.

 The treasurer's books were found correct.

 In connection with the above two offices, we have to say that we have ascertained that only about half of the assessed road tax for the past year has been collected. We recommend that the attention of the Police Jury be called to this fact.

 We found the administration of the jail to be good, but there are some slight repairs to the building that are necessary, to which the Police Jury's attention is called.

 In closing we wish to extend to our district attorney thanks for the courtesies.
          Respectfully submitted,
                     BENJAMIN F. FLANDERS,
               Foreman of Grand Jury.
Lafayette Gazette 9/22/1900.

Death of Mr. A. D. Martin.

 Mr. A. D. Martin, aged 50 years, died suddenly Monday morning at his home in this town. Mr. Martin's death was not preceded by any illness and when it was announced to his relatives and friends the news proved a severe shock to them. Mr. Martin was a native of this parish where he spent the greater part of his life. He was a very industrious man, leading an active life to the time of his death. Mr. Martin was a good, law abiding citizen, a kind of friend and an exemplary husband and father. He leaves a widow and six children. His remains were taken to Grand Coteau where they were interred in the Catholic cemetery. Lafayette Gazette 9/22/1900.

Ready for Business.

 On the first page of the paper appears the advertisement of A. J. Ross who had the misfortune to have his lumber yard destroyed by fire Thursday morning.

 Mr. Ross informs the public that he has already bought a new stock of lumber and other building materials and that in a few days he will be in a position to serve the public and to give buyers the benefit of the most advantageous prices and the best goods. Lafayette Gazette 9/22/1900. 

Death of John Hesse. - John Hesse, a most worthy citizen, died at his home near this town Tuesday morning at 6 o'clock and was buried in the Protestant cemetery at 5 o'clock on the same day. The deceased was 41 years of age and was a native of New Orleans. When a child he was adopted by the late Mrs. John P. Hayes, and under the motherly care of that estimable lady he grew to man's estate. Mrs. Hayes, who entertained for him the unselfish love of a mother, died on the 10th of last month. Shortly after he became ill with fever resulting in his death last Tuesday. His life was characterized by an unswerving devotion to his foster-mother, displaying at times the most endearing qualities of filial attachment. Always dutiful, industrious, honest, charitable and sincerely religious, we believe it is but paying a deserved tribute to the memory of John Hesse to say that he lived a righteous life. Lafayette Gazette 9/22/1900.

An Excellent Program Arranged For the Occasion - A Large Attendance Desired.

 The progressive farmers of this section as well as all others who are interested in agriculture will be pleased to learn that everything is in readiness for the farmers' institute to be held here on the 27th, of September, under the auspices of the State Board of Agriculture and Immigration with Major J. G. Lee as conductor. A most instructive and interesting program has been arranged for the occasion.

 The Gazette hopes that the institute will be largely attended by the people of both the town and parish. Intelligent farmers need not be told that an institute is always the means of disseminating a great deal of valuable information, acquainting the tillers of the soil with the best and most advanced methods of farming. All agree that the institute held here in the past have been productive of much good and it is to be hoped that the people will show their appreciation of what has been done by attending the institute on the 27th instant. The people of the town should be present also. Mayor Lee has extended a special invitation to the ladies who can not fail to be highly entertained. Should the fair ladies fail to be aroused to the highest pitch of enthusiasm by a scientific disquisition on the sweet potato bug or by a learned talk on Timothy grass we are sure they will find our brainy bachelor friend's lecture on "The Kitchen in its Relation to Public Health" intensely interesting. Lafayette Gazette 9/22/1900.

Selected News Notes (Gazette) 9/22/1900.

 Frank Broussard, Andrew McBride, John Tolson, George Lessley are among the boys who left Lafayette this week to enter the State University.

 Mrs. Sidney Martin announces to the public that she is ready to take plain sewing consisting of men's clothing and all other kinds of sewing, and that she will be in Lafayette at Mrs. H. L. Monnier's twice a week, or will go to domicile if necessary. Reference: Mrs. H. L. Monnier.

 C. C. Wier, pastor. Preaching every Sunday at 11 a. m. and 7:30 p. m. Sunday school 10 a. m. Epworth League, Sunday evening 6:45. Prayer meeting, Wednesday 7:30 p. m. Song service, Friday 7:30 p. m.

 The members of the Lafayette Protestant Burial Ground Association are hereby notified to attend a meeting of the association to be held at the Methodist Episcopal Church South, Monday evening at four o'clock p. m. for the purpose of reorganization.

 Strayed of Stolen - One blue-gray mare, about 15 hands high; about 6 years old. Suitable reward for recovery. Apply to Leon Plonsky, Lafayette, La.

 Mr. Ambroise Domingue and Miss Georgina Josse were married at the Catholic church Thursday evening by the Rev. Father Baulard.
Lafayette Gazette 9/22/1900.



From the Lafayette Advertiser of September 22nd, 1894:


Many complaints have come to us within the past few weeks about the general condition of the public roads throughout the parish.

 Doubtless, the repeated heavy rainfalls for which the summer months have been noted, has interfered with the work of the road overseers. But even this fact cannot altogether excuse the present bad state of the parish roads.

It is very evident that the great importance of this subject is not fully understood among our people, or friendship and politics would play a much smaller part in the regulation of this branch of the public service.

No public officer, be he a police jury or road overseer (or member of the School Board, for that matter) should allow personal or political considerations to supersede his sworn obligations, in the strict and complete discharge of which duties he should invoke the power of the law whenever necessary. A subordinate officer should be made to recognize the prerogatives of his superior. This would engender a feeling of respect for authority without which there cannot exist that important relationship between different members of a government or community, son necessary to the successful and satisfactory outcome of all undertakings of whatsoever character.

 The work of improving the present public road regime in this parish should begin at the fountain head, and The Advertiser voices a very general desire when it expresses the hope that the grand jury to be empaneled next month will make it one of its principal duties to institute a thorough investigation of the road question and ascertain the cause or causes responsible for the very unsatisfactory results following the regular and systematic expenditure of a considerable sum of public money each year for maintaining public roads. Let the blame be located where it belongs and let means be adopted to correct the evil. It is a matter that calls for a rigid investigation which, if vigorously prosecuted and all persons at fault held to a strict accountability, will redound in a decided amelioration of the public road system of Lafayette Parish. Lafayette Advertiser 9/22/1894.


Meeting of the Parish Democratic Executive Committee.

 The Democratic Executive Committee of Lafayette met on this 20th day of Sept., 1894, at the Court House, for the purpose of taking proper steps to have our Parish represented in the Congressional Convention to convene at Houma, La., on Oct. 3, 1894.

 There were present Dr. F. C. Latiolais, Faustin Vincent, A. C. Guilbeau, J. O. Broussard and D. A. Cochrane. Absent: Homer Durio, Martin Begnaud, J. S. Martin and H. Theall.

 The chairman explained in an eloquent and patriotic address the object of the meeting, reminding the members of the importance of harmony and united action in the coming contest. It was unanimously resolved, That the Democrats of this Parish assemble in their respective wards on Saturday the 29th inst., at 2 o'clock p. m. and then and there proceed to select delegates direct to said Congressional Convention viz: ward 1, two delegates; ward 2, two delegates; ward 3, four delegates; ward 4, two delegates; ward 5, two delegates; ward 6, two delegates; ward 7, one delegate; ward 8, one delegate; making 16 delegates for the Parish, said mass meeting to be called to order by the members of this committee in the respective wards, and in his absence by any Democrat present, said mass meeting to be held at the principal voting places, and the proceedings after being signed by the chairman and secretary of said mass meetings shall be the credentials of the delegates selected to said convention, and that the delegates present at said convention shall cast the 16 votes of the Parish.

 It was unanimously resolved that this committee endorses with pride the bold stand taken, and the manly and patriotic words altered by our eminent Senator, Capt. Dudley Avery, at a recent convention of Sugar Planters in New Orleans, when he said that he would lose his all before he would desert his party and cross over to the Republican camp.

 Resolved, that this committee constitute themselves a campaign committee for the coming election.

 Resolved, that these proceedings be published in our Parish papers and N. O. Times-Democrat and Picayune.

 There being no further business the committee adjourned subject to call by the chairman.
        (Signed.) F. C. LATIOLAIS, Chairman.
 D. A. COCHRANE, Secretary Pro Tem.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/22/1894.

Breaux Bridge Amateurs at Falk's.

 The Theatrical entertainment by the Breaux Bridge Amateurs, that was to have taken place at Falk's Opera House on the 15th instant, did not come off at all. The weather was so extremely warm only a few persons felt disposed to go out for the occasion, this number being so small the troupe decided to give no performance. The following night, however, the players were greeted by a very fair house at Scott, where the program was pleasingly carried out as announced. Lafayette Advertiser 9/22/1894.

Lt. Moss to Montana.

 Lieut. Jas. A. Moss, U. S. A., bid farewell to his family yesterday, and started on his journey to Fort Missoula, Montana, the government post to which he has been assigned for duty. Scores of friends and admirers in his native town and throughout the state will watch his future welfare with a keen interest, and it is their hope that time circumstance will deal gently with him throughout his worldly career.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/22/1894.

Leaving Lafayette.

 We regret to announce the departure of Mr. E. H. Vordenbaumen from our midst. As a large dealer in lumber, wagons and agricultural implements in Lafayette for several years, Mr. Vordenbaumen has given undoubted evidence of a splendid business ability that has decided shall be put to use in field offering broader opportunities than those held out by Lafayette. He will go to New Orleans in a few days, having completed all arrangements by which he is to become intimately connected with the Orleans Manufacturing Co., manufacturers of cypress sash & blinds. The departure of Mr. Vordenbaumen and his estimable family cannot fail to prove a great loss to this community. The best wishes of all our people will attend them at their new home. Lafayette Advertiser 9/22/1894.


 The elopement of Mr. Will Graser and Miss Jesse Otto on the 18th inst., furnished a sensational topic to Lafayette this week. The young couple boarded the west bound train Tuesday night, destined for Texas, there to unite for all time their lives and fortunes. A host of friends wish them well in the new sphere of their adoption.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/22/1894.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 9/22/1894.

Little Medora Lindsay will leave for New Orleans Monday, to enter school.

 The home of our friend Engineer Ben Donlon was made happy last week by the advent of a little girl.

 The families of Judge Parkerson, Dr. Moss and Messrs. W. S. Parkerson and Chas. D. Caffery formed themselves into a party of pic-nic-ers last Thursday and spent the day very pleasantly in the beautiful Girard woods near town.

 We were sorry to learn of the death, on the 16th instant, of young Howell who for several months was night telegraph operator at this place. He died after a short illness and leaves a wife and infant to mourn his demise. He was doing duty on the Alexandria branch a the time of his death.

 Master Car Builder Hildebrand of Algiers, made a trip to this place Saturday.

 Mr. Fred Mouton and children spent a few days among relatives in St. Martinville, in the beginning of this week.

 Remember the First Fancy Dress Ball at Falk's Opera House, Sept. 29th. No invitations will be issued and the ladies are respectfully invited.

 The grand complimentary dance by the young men of the town, to take place to-night at Falk's Opera House, promises to be one of the most enjoyable social events of the season.

 All building material for the new bridge across Bayou Vermilion, near Beausejour Park, is expected to arrive soon when work on the structure will be inaugurated without further delay.

 The Democratic Executive Committee of Lafayette parish, has very properly condemned the bolt of the sugar planters, and provided the manner of selecting delegates to the convention to be held at Houma on Oct. 3. Lafayette Advertiser 9/9/1894.



From the Lafayette Gazette of September 22nd, 1894:

[To the Editor-Laf. Gazette.]

 "It was very unfortunate that Mr. Magner, or his driver, did not notice that, "that" mud-hole near town had but recently been filled. The heavy rains of a few days ago washed and softened the dirt, naturally causing the mud-hole to become somewhat boggy. We are very sorry that the gentleman was so unceremoniously seated in such a soft mass, but it remains to be hoped that his return trip to this village will be made with better results. A word or two about the roads, if such is allowed your correspondent: It is freely admitted by all, that the public roads between Lafayette and Royville (now Youngsville) are not, as the traveling public would like to see them; to that, we acquiesce with pleasure. But what has sounded to us very "peculiar" is: Why such an uncalled for accusation of "criminal negligence" of that bog-hole alone, when we have seen mud-holes in the roads between both towns ten times worse than the one in question ?  Is it prejudice against Royville, or what is it ?  Last fall and winter, the roads were simply impassable, ornamented with bottomless pits and precipices; and still,  no report came that anyone had been transformed into a "heterogeneous mass" !  Royville is certainly in hard luck, as "only one mud-hole" has caused so "much ado about little" is what the good people of this town are now wandering at."
   CHEROKEE. (Self appointed Gazette correspondent)
Lafayette Gazette 9/22/1894.

 Selected News Notes (Gazette) 9/22/1894.

A ball in Peres' Hall on Oct. 6, is one of the coming amusement.

 Mr. Huntley will appear at Falk's Sunday night.

 A negro was found drowned in Bayou Carencro last Saturday. Coroner Gladu was notified and held the inquest.

 Mr. Huntley is one of the best actors on the American stage. Chicago News.

See Miss Sadie Farley at Falk's Sunday night. The Chicago Herald says of her: "A second Mary Anderson rising up."

 An invitation is extended to the ladies to attend the ball of the 29th. No invitations will be issued.

 A horse belonging to Mr. Sachse, a tenant on Crow Girard's place, was stolen Monday night and has not yet been found.

 The base ball game played on the diamond last Sunday by the Perseverance of this place and the Grasshoppers from L'Anse Berluchaux, resulted in a score of 24 to 6 in favor of the former.

A visit to M. Rosenfield's new store at Schoyot's old stand will convince any one of the efficacy of printer's ink when supported by fair dealing, first class goods and polite service. Although a new merchant in this town Mr. Rosenfield counts his customers by the thousands. Call on him and see his goods and learn his prices.
Lafayette Gazette 9/22/1894.

 Messrs. Samuel and Victor Levy have returned from New York, Philadelphia and other eastern cities after an absence of four weeks in the interest of their stores at this place and at Orange.

 Mr. Wm. Graser and Miss Jessie Otto, daughter of Mr. F. Otto, were married in Orange last Wednesday. The happy couple arrived Thursday morning and will make their home in Lafayette. The Gazette wishes them much happiness and prosperity.

 Mr. Van der Cruyssen's latest musical composition is the "Eunice Polka," dedicated to the Duson Brothers. It will be published in a few days and placed on sale. On the cover will be a printed picture of Eunice at it appeared on the day of the sale.

 Don't fail to see the Huntley Comedy Company at Falk's to-morrow night. Says the Vicksburg Herald: "This favorite company is one of the strongest, in every correct artistic sense, which visit the south. Its financial management is different, and we are pleased to believe, more satisfactory to its owners than that of other troupes. The company is composed of twenty-one persons, including their own grand orchestra."
Lafayette Gazette 9/22/1894.




  From the Lafayette Advertiser of September 22nd, 1908:


 To the Farmers and the Business Men of Lafayette, Town and Parish.

 The Boll Weevil has caused a tremendous loss to the farming and business interests throughout Lafayette parish this year. His presence in such large numbers was not suspected, and so his work of devastation has come as a great shock to all of us.

 There is no disguising the fact that the invasion of our parish by the destructive boll weevil presents a serious condition to our people. The great seriousness of the subject will be understood more and more during the next few months by all classes of our people, especially those who are in debt. The merchant will be one of the greatest sufferers with his payments to meet on a large stock of merchandise that will refuse to move because the farmers and those dependent on them will have no money to spend. The lawyer and the doctor will be made to fully realize that the boll weevil is not a respecter of persons or classes. There will be clients for the lawyer and patients for the doctor as usual, but there will be much difficulty experienced in the collection of fees for professional services. The baker, the butcher, the carpenter and the blacksmith, the hotel and livery stable man, all will share the same fate.

 This year the boll weevil invaded only certain sections of the parish, but next year he will infest the entire parish, and unless there be an intelligent and vigorous campaign waged against the boll weevil by the people beginning right now, the consequences are going to be very calamitous.

 This is a very dark picture to draw, but it is not a fanciful one. However, this picture has a BRIGHT side to it as well as a dark one, and we should not feel hopelessly discouraged. On the contrary, if the farmers and merchants and all other classes of our people will but join hands in the fight against the boll weevil, we not only can conquer him, but by the very fact of doing so we will introduce improved methods and greatly increased interest in our farming operations that will result in the greatest benefit to all the people.  It is purposed to carry out this very important work through the instrumentality of the Farmers' Protective Association now in course of organization in Lafayette Parish. Acting under the guidance of government agents and others having expert knowledge on the subject gained by practical experience the Farmers' Protective Association will encourage and persuade the farmers of the parish to adopt and apply the means and measures known to be effective in successfully combating the boll weevil. Whilst the primary object of the association is to fight the boll weevil, other work of equal importance will also receive the attention of the association, such as the thorough drainage of the farm lands and diversification and rotation of crops, and the raising of hogs and live stock.

 Those of our people who are giving this subject the most serious thought feel confident that the much dreaded boll weevil in our midst can be turned to a good account, and that by an intelligent and vigorous direction of effort the great danger threatening our country can be converted into a veritable blessing in the end.

 This has been the experience in other localities invaded by the boll weevil where the people have risen to the demands of the occasion.

 BUT this calls for work, lots of work and continuous work, and a work of such great magnitude that it can not be done successfully by just a few men, no matter how willing and industrious and patriotic they may be. Besides it would be altogether unjust and unfair to saddle on a small number of citizens an undertaking which has its object the benefiting of the whole people.

 The Farmers' Protective Association is an organization whose membership is intended to include the whole people and the success of its work will be in proportion as the association will receive the moral and financial support of the people. The boll weevil is such a destructive and powerful foe that he cannot be dealt with effectively without systematic and persistent opposition. It is impossible to conduct an effective and successful fight or campaign without an organization of the forces necessary for the purpose.  The plan of operation of the Farmers' Protective Association in the boll weevil fight is simple and very practical and will accomplish great good with the aid of farmers, merchants and other interested persons. The work of the association will be under the immediate direction of a general committee composed of the following citizens and representing every section of the parish, and selected because of their ability and willingness to promote the success of the association:

 1st Ward - Cleophas Chiasson, Jos. B. Dugas, Louis Ancelet, Alonzo Lacy, Gustave Mouton.

 2nd Ward - W. J. Holmes, Urain Hoffpauir, Gustave Duhon, Arthur Bonin, Elias Spell.

 3rd Ward - Pierre Gerac, Edmond Martin, P. L. DeClouet, J. E. Mouton, Jos. Billeaud.

 4th Ward - P. A. Dupleix, J. O. Blanchet, Dr. Roy O. Young, Maximilian Bourque, Dominic Landry.

 5th Ward - M. Billeaud, Jr., J. H. Bernard, Ophe Girouard, Geo. Malagarie, F. S. Broussard.

 6th Ward - Paul Martin, S. J. Breaux, Frank Gilbert, Gaston Francez, Odon Guidry.

 7th Ward - Pierre Landry, Horace Comeaux, J. O. Broussard, Wallace Beadle, Hugh Wallis.

 8th Ward - Leo Judice, John Whittington, Octave Bertrand, Leon Lagneaux and Cyprien Monte.

 And the undersigned committee at large: Chas. O. Mouton, B. N. Coronna, F. V. Mouton, J. A. Roy, N. P. Moss.

 The officers of the General Committee, which, of course, stands for the Farmers' Protective Association itself, are J. Arthur Roy, president; Chas. O. Mouton, vice-president; R. C. Greig, secretary-treasurer.

 In the face of the great danger now threatening to destroy farming and business interests of Lafayette town and parish, the General Committee makes appeal to their fellow-citizens in the following words :  Men of Lafayette parish, show your good sense and your manhood by working together in unity and harmony, and with intelligent spirit, in this emergency, and by this means feel assured that you will receive as the just reward of your reasonable and enlightened action, a country made more prosperous and far better for you and your descendants to live than if the boll weevil had never come to show you the better way of doing things and COMPELLED you by his presence to learn that your farm lands were rich and resourceful far beyond any degree ever dreamed of by you.

 [The above was ordered published and distributed by the Executive Committee of the Farmers' Protective Association of Lafayette parish.]
Lafayette Advertiser 9/22/1908. 





From the Lafayette Advertiser 9/22/1911:


 The musical treat will open at the Jefferson Theatre on Tuesday, October 17, with the engagement of that most famous of all American musical organizations, the U. S. Marine Band. After a considerable amount of negotiation, which involved securing the permission of the U. S. Naval Department, under whose direction the Band is officially organized, arrangement have been perfected which permit a six weeks tour in which the city of Lafayette is so fortunate as to be included. The work of the Marine Band is unique in that it is equipped for the performance of the most serious and artistic classes of music and is at the same time called upon by the very nature of its function, to render music for the dance and, as especial occasions may arise, for other lighter styles of entertainment.

 A popular program by the Marine Band therefore ranges from the moods of classic superiority to those of popular condescension. Its programs exhibit the same facile variety as those o Patti or a Tetrazzini, who after a brilliant, difficult aria from the most celebrated and exacting composers responds to an encore with some sweet and touching strain of simple song, like "The Last Rose of Summer."

 While not in any sense a man of martial character of ambition, the leader of the Marine Band, William H. Santlemann, is entitled to the Marine Band has been distinguished by a wonderful success in bringing out the delicate details of execution and, at the same time, preserving volume and breadth in a manner which lends itself with peculiar effectiveness to concert work. In preparing the program for this tour, Lieut. Santelmann has recognized the interest which attaches to a soloist as a menas of varying an evening's program. He will present several gentlemen who have specialized until their mastery of their respective instruments has won them wide celebrity. Among these are:

 Arthur S. Whitcomb, Cornet; Hans Jorgensen, Cornet; Robert Clark, Trombone; Lee Sanford, Trombone; George O. Frey, Baritone, Edw. McIntyre, Baritone.

 The extensive repertory of Lieut. Santlemann's Band permits the recognition of requests for special numbers to the almost unlimited extent and the presence of such remarkable solists naturally makes the famous sextette from Lucia in almost invariable demand with audiences everywhere.

 The program will include selections which range from Wagner and Chopin to some of the light composers of current fame.

 The tour has opened with brilliant success, an engagement with Lexington, Ky., having brought forth the most enthusiastic, critical and popular response. The engagement in this city must be regarded as worthy of that often abused phrase "an occasion of extraordinary artistic interest," since its close relation to affairs in Washington makes a performance by the Marine Band elsewhere necessarily an exceptional success. Lafayette Advertiser 9/22/1911.


Martin Luther King Tells Negroes 'Go Forward'

 NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., warned Negroes last night against the philosophy of "moderation during our struggle for freedom."

There a are a lot of white people and scared Negroes saying to slow down, but we must continue on the march towards the promised land of freedom until the whole system of segregation is broken down," the Birmingham, Ala., Negro minister told a rally here.

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference sponsored the meeting.

King mentioned Montgomery, Ala., and that it is known as the cradle of the Confederacy.

"The cradle is now rocking and we are going to keep it rocking until freedom is a reality," he said.

He said Negroes must take an active role in the fight for integration and not depend on others.

He criticized Negroes who have not registered to vote.

"There are many too lazy to register and vote. It is not a matter of all threats," he said.

"You will never get the right channels of communication in the South until you have the ballot and vote."

"There are many southern politicians," he said "who sympathize with the Negro's cause but they must speak in favor of segregation because "we just can't help them on election day. We must free these friends."

He urged Negroes to "work for first class citizenship, but do not use second class methods to attain it. Use mass action but non-violent action, and meet hate with love," he said

Lafayette Daily Advertiser 9/22/1959                                                               

Lafayette District Attorney Speaks At 'Freedom' Rally

 GONZALES, La. (AP) - Lafayette District Attorney Bertrand DeBlanc urged a rally here to continue fighting for freedom-of-choice school desegregation.

The rally Saturday climaxed a march by about 800 whites through Gonzales to protest court-ordered desegregation of public schools and to mourn the death of W. R. Williams.

The 43-year-old Williams, of Gonzales, was fatally wounded two weekends ago in front of a grocery store where Negro pickets had been parading. Sheriff's deputies said the shooting was an outgrowth of desegregation tensions.

DeBlanc told the rally that the first step in resistance of the 5th U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling was an appeal to the U. S. Supreme Court. He said the high court had given indications it would hear the school districts' petition.

DeBlanc said the second step would be for the state to make grants to allow children to go to whatever school they wished.

As a last effort, he said, the state's sovereignty should be interposed between its people and the federal government.

"We should never rest until our schools are back in our control, lock, stock and barrel," he said.

Lafayette Daily Advertiser 9/22/1969.


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