HIGH SCHOOL OPENS.
Monday, September, 7, at 9 a. m. - Everybody Invited to be Present.
The Lafayette High School will open Monday Morning and the faculty cordially invites the public, and particularly the patrons and parents of the children attending, to be present for the opening.
It is the purpose of the faculty and School Board to make this one of the best and most progressive high schools in Louisiana. It can be done. There is no reason why it should not be done; and now is the time to begin - rather the time to begin exerting greater energy towards consummating that purpose.
This year should be one of the most fruitful years in the history of the school. It certainly can be made the best year. Why? Because the people are more thoroughly aroused to the importance of public education, and more fully in sympathy with the work and the workers in the public schools of Lafayette than at any time heretofore.
There are possibly some who do not take as deep an interest in the schools as they should from various trivial reasons of apathy, indifference, disinterestedness, etc. To these we say, make it a business to look after the schools; busy yourselves with their welfare; give the teachers your support, and thereby uphold the dignity of your town, your parish and your state, and help fortify the one indestructible and imperishable bulwark of civic liberty, the public schools. Lafayette Gazette 9/5/1903.
Opening of The Industrial Institute.
The third annual session of the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute will open on Wednesday, September 16, with a faculty of eleven instructors as during the past session. All indications point to an increase in attendance and to a most prosperous year's work. Numerous inquiries, we are informed, have come in to the president of the Institute from young gentlemen and young ladies seeking admission and desiring suitable places to board.
Of the faculty of the last session two members are not to return, having resigned their positions: Miss Emily Huger, who will remain at her home in New Orleans; and Professor E. B. Smith, who is now with his family in Nova Scotia. These teachers are to be replaced, so that the faculty for the next session will be at least as large as it was during the session just closed.
All members of the faculty have been away from Lafayette during the Summer. President and Mrs. Stephens have been in North Carolina since July, and are now daily expected back at the Institute. Miss Mayfield has spent her vacation with her parents and relatives at Ruston. Miss Dupre has also spent the Summer at home, in Opelousas. Mr. Mayer and his family spent some time on the Gulf coast, after which they visited Chicago, devoting some time at the great University of Chicago. Mr. Ashby Woodson attended the session of the Summer School of the South at Knoxville, Tenn., after which he visited relatives and friends at his old home near Miller School and in Richmond, Va. Miss Hugh McLaurin has been spending her Summer at home in Monteagle, Tenn. Professor Florent Sontag resumes his position as teacher of music at the Institute. His return will be hailed with pleasure by all. Mr. Roy, after teaching in the summer school at New Iberia during the month of June, visited his relatives in Avoyelles during several weeks. Mr. Lillibridge is spending his vacation with his parents at East Greenwich, R. I., whence he is expected within the next few days.
The young ladies' dormitory will again be in charge of Mrs. Elizabeth F. Baker, the efficient matron of the Institute. Mrs. Baker has spent nearly the entire Summer with friends and relatives near Natchez, Miss., and will return to the Institute about the 15th instant.
All students desiring to enter the Institute during the next session should apply promptly at 9 o'clock on the morning of Wednesday, the 16th. All examinations for admission of new scholars and for conditions now registered against old students will be held on the 16th. Classes will be organized on the 17th and regular work will begin on the day following.
Lafayette Gazette 9/5/1903.
Prof. Avery Here.
Prof. Avery, who was appointed to the position of the principal of the High School, has arrived in town. He is now attending to getting the school house and yard cleaned preparatory to opening school on Monday next. The same corps of teachers, except the principal, will be employed this year as last. They are as follows: Prof Avery; assistants, Miss Close, Miss Christian and Miss Dickson.
The Primary School will also open on Monday with the same corps of teachers as last year, viz, Miss Holmes, Miss Horton, Miss Larche and Miss Bagnal. Lafayette Gazette 9/5/1903.
It is said that the City Council at its next meeting will pass an ordinance to build Schillinger walks from the Court House to the Railroad. The plan proposed is to make abutting property owners pay two-thirds the cost, the town to pay one third. This is a move in the right direction, and in perfect accord with the general prosperity of Lafayette and the efforts are being made in other towns of South and Southwest Louisiana towards municipal improvement. We learn that Opelousas has already passed an ordinance to the above effect, and is now curbing her main sidewalks with brick preparatory to filling in and smoothing off the tops of same with concrete. Let us not lag behind in the good work. Lafayette Gazette 9/5/1903.
New Store. - Rosenfield's new store presents quite an attractive appearance, with its pressed brick front and plate glass windows, and is a fine addition to the many new buildings that are now being erected in Lafayette. Goods are being moved in and shelved preparatory to the Fall and Winter trade, which from all indications is going to be large this season.
Lafayette Gazette 9/5/1903.
Married, a the Catholic church, on the 26th inst., Mr. Wm. Nevue to Miss Lucie Riu, Father Forge officiating.
This interesting wedding was attended by many friends of both contracting parties; and when the two were joined in the holy bonds, having pledged each other to support, cherish and obey, the aisles were cleared to allow the newly made man and wife to come out of the church, where they were met at the door by the many congratulations of their friends.
Mr. Nevue is the popular young merchant from over the railroad. The Gazette extends to this young couple most hearty congratulations, and wishes them a long, happy and prosperous life. Lafayette Gazette 9/5/1903.
SEGREGATE THE NEGROES.
Opelousas has been holding mass meetings to devise ways and means whereby she may remove her negro inhabitants on the principal streets from among their white neighbors, and to a more suitable part of the town.
We have not yet heard what was accomplished at these meetings, and while we do not wish to appear officious, it seems to us that the plan proposed is not drastic enough. Suppose the negroes are removed from the principal streets, and to other parts of the town - where will that be? Will it be (as one of the speakers at the first meeting is reported to have said) "down near my place?" No, friends of Opelousas, don't do that.
We too are cursed with the coons. The trouble in Lafayette however is not that there are too many on the principal streets, like some insidious disease which first blights the outer limbs and then creeps toward the trunk.
The thing to do is not to regulate them to the less important thoroughfares to harass and worry the poorer people and more modest homes, but to put them entirely without the corporate limits of the town, and thereby do much toward solving the vexatious negro problem in towns the size of Opelousas.
Had we our way and our say in the solution of this question, we should construct a giant, steep inclined plane, well smoothed and saponified with carbolic soap and disinfected with formic aldehyde, and start the whole coon population on its downward grade towards the North at a hundred mile per hour gait.
But this is a practical question and must be handled in a practical way, and Opelousas and Lafayette and a good many other towns in Louisiana should do as Crowley and Jennings and other towns built up by Northern and Western settlers and one time lovers of the negro have done: and that is, not only separate them, but regulate them to some undesirable portion of the town where they can be kept thoroughly under control and under the ever-watchful eye of the white man. Lafayette Gazette 9/5/1903.
THE BABIN CANAL.
A Citizen of Lafayette Has a Plan to Irrigate Thousands of Acres.
From the active brain of Mr. Charles S. Babin, of this town, has been evolved a plan, which, if executed, will add untold millions to the wealth of this State. Mr. Babin is no dreamer. He is eminently practical, as was shown by the description of his plan taken from the Crowley Signal and published in The Gazette last Saturday. Mr. Babin's plan has been submitted to the builders of large irrigation plants and its feasibility was very favorably commented upon. Mr. Babin has been thinking along these lines for nearly a year and during eight months he was industriously engaged in perfecting his plans, which display a wonderful knowledge of the country through which the projected canal will pass. This kind of work, such as Mr. Babin is engaged in, is calculated to do a great deal toward the development of this section of the State. Unless Louisiana's vast resources are brought to the knowledge of capitalists, we cannot hope to keep up with the onward march of progress.
Lafayette Gazette 9/5/1903.
Lafayette vs. Abbeville.
Last Sunday an interesting game of ball was played in Abbeville, between our boys and the Abbeville nine. Both teams were well matched and it was a hard fight from start to finish.
The following is the result of the game:
Both teams played good ball, and our boys especially must be congratulated upon their playing. Laf. Gazette 9/5/1903.
The Hay Ride. - Last Thursday evening a number of young ladies and gentlemen enjoyed a pleasant hay ride to Beausejour Park. The lucky ones were: Misses Ophelia Copples, of New Orleans, Rita Trahan, Lucille Revillon, Mabel Dauterive, Louisa Tolson, Laurence Campbell, Ula and Gertrude Coronna, Viola Young, and Ruby Scranton, and Mrs. Hultz as chaperon. The young men were: Clifton I. Young, Dr. A. R. Trahan, Pink Torian, W. Middlemas, George Harris, F. Sontag, Charles Debaillon, A. Woodson, L. D. Nickerson and Frank Broussard. Lafayette Gazette 9/5/1903.
New Store. - Rosenfield's new store presents quite an attractive appearance, with its pressed brick front and plate glass windows, and is a fine addition to the many new buildings that are now being erected in Lafayette. Goods are being moved in and shelved preparatory to the Fall and Winter trade, which from all indications is going to be large this season in Lafayette. Lafayette Gazette 9/5/1903.
Piano Tuner in Town. - W. M. Hammond, an expert piano tuner from New Orleans, who has been here tuning at Mt. Carmel Convent and the Industrial school, will remain another week. Any one desiring first class work done can leave orders at Prof. Sontag's studio.
Laf. Gazette 9/5/1903.
Notice. - A meeting of the share-holders of the Brick and Tile Manufacturing Co. will be held at their office, at 10 o'clock on Tuesday for the purpose of electing seven directors, and attending to such other business as may be legally come before them. By order of Board of Directors.
Lafayette Gazette 9/5/1903.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 9/5/1903.
I. H. Broussard went to New Orleans Thursday to attend the meeting of the executive committee of the State Central Committee.
Frank Moss accompanied by his sister-in-law, Miss Philomene Voorhies, left for New Orleans, Wednesday. Mr. Moss went on business.
Mr. W. V. Nicholson returned Monday from San Angelo, Texas, where he spent some time with Mrs. Nicholson, who went there for her health. She will remain in Texas until about December. We are pleased to hear that she is much better.
Harold Demanade left for New Orleans Tuesday, where he will attend school.
Miss Philomene Doucet has accepted a position with Levy Bros.
L. S. Johnson, the barber bought from Rene Delhomme a house and lot in the Mudd addition.
As we go to press, there is yet no news from the Lafayette contest case before the executive committee of the State Central Committee.
Mrs. Bailey is selling out, at cost, her stock of millinery, including up-to-date hats, ribbons, chiffons, veilings, etc.
Lafayette Gazette 9/5/1903.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of September 5th, 1903:
THE SCHOOL REFLECTS THE COMMUNITY.
Its schools are a fair index of the social, moral and intellectual states of a community. This is a truth that is self-demonstrating and required no argument.
No community can be better than the average individual composing it, because it is the individual members of the community acting collectively, who determine all questions of public policy in the end.
In the matter of schools Lafayette has made notable advancement of late, but there is an important deficiency yet to be supplied, and for the lack of that integral part of our public school system the educational interests of our children are being seriously retarded.
School children should be comfortably house and school work should be carried on under favorable conditions, to obtain the highest results; and this principle has come to be so well recognized among educators that special and careful attention is given to this phase of school work because of the essential part played by beauty, symmetry and pleasant environments in the progress and well-rounded development of the child mind.
The two public school buildings now in use in Lafayette are inadequate in capacity and equipment, and they are otherwise unsuited to satisfy the requirements of an enlightened and progressive people. The present buildings have no excuse for their existence at this time ad are a standing reproach to the wealth and intelligence of this community.
A spacious modern school building surrounded by attractive grounds is one of Lafayette's most pressing needs, and valuable time is being lost by delaying action in this regard. The education of our children under the most advantageous conditions is a duty and a responsibility we should meet and discharge willingly and in a deeply earnest spirit, and let posterity enjoy the resulting fruits of good citizenship and enlarged life. Could money be put to a better use than this, or invested in a way which would bring more valuable and more enduring results?
A building specially constructed and arranged and equipped for school work is secondary in importance only to the teaching itself, because it affords the same beneficent aid to the teacher and pupil that vegetation receives from sunshine and rain, or that the workman obtains his hands and his tools. The child must go to school in his own interest, but if he is attracted to his class-rooms and not driven by them, and his work is made agreeable and interesting instead of monotonous and irksome, he was assuredly derive greater and more lasting benefit from his course of instruction.
A building of pleasing architectural design and intelligently planned for school work, not only positively and distinctly contributes to the well-being and the intellectual growth of the school child, but it honors the community whose thrift and enterprise and civic pride it reflects.
Let the people of Lafayette more in this matter as did, nobly, the people of the parish one month ago. Little hands are knocking and little feet are patting at the door for admittance into the new school building, and they can not wait any longer. This is a question that concerns the whole people, and is the leading issue and must take precedence of all other local or factional questions now before the public.
Dilatoriness and inaction in the presence of such a plain and pressing duty is to be unfaithful to our children and to posterity, and unworthy of the priceless heritage of American citizenship. Lafayette Advertiser 9/5/1903.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of September 5th, 1896:
Lafayette Sawing Wood.
At a time when so much is being said about the great depression prevailing throughout the country, and its only (unreadable word) on the success of either Bryan or McKinley next November, it is refreshing to note the onward and upward growth of our little city of Lafayette.
The modern and comprehensive system of water works and electric lights for which the town has negotiated will be another feather in our cap of which we will have every reason to feel proud. It will impart to the town a degree of importance and respectfully that ought to serve as an effective stimulus to our commercial interests and invite the establishing of a variety of new enterprises toward which electrical power and an abundant supply of water bears a most important relation.Lafayette is all right in spite of this being a presidential year. And here we wish to digress from our subject only long enough to say that a presidential year has always been considered a hoodoo on business, for the most part by the confirmed croaker of the ne'er do-well, the politician who predicts calamity as the result of the other side winning and the idler who never made a success of anything in his life. These are the people who are looking for chaos and who, if they do not get it by the second week in November, will calmly sit down, take a fresh chew of tobacco, resume their fish and rattle snake stories and wait another four years for a chance to be patriotic (?). The real workers - the brains and muscle - of this great nation are not worrying seriously over the result. The side that is right in the present controversy will prevail and those who differed honestly will join in sustaining the verdict and - Lafayette will go "sawing wood." Lafayette Advertiser 9/5/1896.
Oyster Saloon - The attention of the public is called to the "oyster bay" to be opened by John Bunt in the building adjoining John O. Mouton. Mr. Bunt will handle only the the best quality of oysters, and every Friday will have fresh fish for sale. The saloon will open to-day.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/5/1896.
Small Pox. - A case of small pox, in its last stages, was discovered in Patterson the other day, upon the person of a negro, living in the suburbs of the city. Quarantine was immediately established around the premises and kept up until the disease dealt its victim the final stroke. He was buried in the potters field by men who had survived the sickness in other days, together with the clothes they wore at the burial, when they were thoroughly fumigated and again given their liberty. The bed clothes of the dead man were also buried, which ended the awful death-dealer.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/5/1896.
Galveston, Ho ! - Mr. T. B. Hopkins came from Opelousas last Wednesday to spend a few days with the home folks previous to taking his departure for Galveston's to assume the duties of his new position of pharmacist for the drug firm of Moller & Coombs. Mr. Hopkins, accompanied by his wife, left for Galveston last night.
Laf. Advertiser 9/5/1896.
Sealed proposals will be received by the Police Jury, Sept. 3rd, on the following specifications for repairs, etc. on the parish Jail at Lafayette, La.
1st. - 2150 feet 8" sewer pipe laid with cemented joints.
2nd. - 5 Happer closets with overhead flush tanks all properly connected with ward system.
3rd. - 2 Urinals with necessary fittings complete.
4th. - 1 Force pump properly connected with tank.
5th. - 1 Tank No. iron, size 3x3x2.
6th. - 25 feet rubber hose with nozzle connections.
The above repairs to be made in first class workmanlike manner and materials necessary therefore to be of standard quality. The Jury reserves the right to reject any and all bids.
Proposals should be addressed to the undersigned and marked "Proposals for Jail Repairs."
(Signed) R. C. GREIG, Secretary Police Jury. Lafayette, La.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/5/1896.
Formed Partnership. - Messrs. T. Gordy, Jr., has formed a co-partnership with Col. Gus. A. Breaux of Lafayette, and has "hung up their shingle" in the Star's advertising columns. These gentlemen are both well and favorably well known throughout the this section and those who engage their services may do so with the full confidence that their work will always be faithfully and properly done.
From the Abbeville Star and in the Lafayette Advertiser 9/5/1896.
Select News Notes (Advertiser) 9/5/1896.
Wednesday gave fine prospects for a good rain, but it resulted in one of those drizzles which do not wet, but only make mud.
City Marshal Veazey, resigned this week.
Fishing parties were the order of the day this week.
Sam Plonsky of the U. S. Mint in New Orleans is enjoying a vacation with his parents.
The Sugar Refinery has been running this week, cleaning up the thirds from last season's crops.
Mr. Bagarry will soon open a restaurant in the building formerly occupied by the Century Club.
It does one good to witness the hum and bustle that pervades the neighborhood of the Cotton Oil works.
W. W. Sutcliffe, vice-Pres. and General Manager of the Segura Sugar Co., Ltd., was in town on Wednesday.
Dr. F. R. Tolson moved Saturday into his new home which has just been completed, on the lot adjoining his former residence.
The new Labe restaurant is doing a rushing business.
The Pollignac Club will give a club dinner at their quarters to-morrow.
Graser Bros., the popular tin smiths have the contract for covering the Oil Mill. We notice this firm is capturing all the contracts in its line.
Miss Lizzie Mudd after a pleasant visit with friends in Waco, Tex., returned Monday delighted with her trip.
The Populist Congressional Convention will be held at Lafayette to-day, H. L. Brian, chairman of the State Executive Committee, and Judge Gumby, of Monroe, will be present.
Sept. 8th and 9th, being the Hebrew New Year, their stores will be closed during those days.
The second of a series of Mite Meetings by the Ladies Aid Society was given Thursday night at the residence of Mrs. P. D. Beraud. Proceeds amounted to $15,000. Lafayette Advertiser 9/5/1896.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of September 5th, 1891:
B. B. B. B.
[BEEF AND BEER BOODLE AND BARBECUE.]
This much heralded event, under the auspices of the "Progressive Lottery League," but in the disguise of a "Grand Democratic Rally," came of at Girard's Spring, near town, last Sunday.
After the managers having procured the services of runners (at $5.00 per day and expenses) to scour this and adjoining parishes drumming up an attendance, it was expected there would be a large crowd, and there was, from 1,000 to 1,2oo persons, men, women and children, being present. About one fourth of the attendance was people from the adjoining parishes of St. Martin, Iberia and Vermilion. Three-fourths of the men assembled were anti-lottery, the pro lottery men present from Lafayette parish were mere sprinkling of the crowd. It was a beautiful day and all the surroundings were lovely and inviting. The crowd amused itself as best it could until the "refreshments" were ready. These consisted of beef mutton, bread, etc., and about a dozen small kegs of beer. These where wholly inadequate for the large crowd, and there was no system nor order observed for their equitable division. There was a disgusting scuffle and scramble for a short time, and the whole layout had disappeared. Many women and children, and men too, got not a bite to eat during the day. This portion of the affair was very badly managed. The meeting was organized shortly after 2 o'clock. Dr. J. P. Francez, of Carencro was appointed President. The following persons spoke in order. Laurent Dupre, R. H. Snyder, Jr., G. L. Francioni, John N. Ogden, and Judge H. C. Castellanos. These eminent speakers presented nothing new but sang the same old tune of "money, money, everywhere!" The State was virtually unable and incompetent to run its government and support its different institutions, but the great savior was at hand - John A. Morris with his revenue amendment. "He had the tin, and would rattle it in!" All the people had to do was to re-charter the lobby tickets, Morris would see that State government was run all right, and "bear all the expenses." The addresses were a radical diarrhea of words with a conservative dysentery of idea, and were received with little demonstration of enthusiasm. An amusing incident occurred during Mr. Dupre's speech. He made this statement: "No doubt there are many of you in this audience who believe that I am hired by the lottery company to go around make these speeches, that I have sold out to the lottery?" Some of his friends in the audience, no doubt wishing to be reassuring and encouraging responded, "Oui Oui! On voit ga! On comprend cela!" The lottery-ites have vowed their intention of carrying Lafayette and Vermilion parishes at all hazards, and we suppose this is their first step towards "buying up the "Cajuns." But if Mr. Morris and his co-workers imagine that the "Cajuns" are not a shrewd people, that they have cannot reason back from effect to cause, that they do not scrape the veneering of the surface and find what is beneath it, in other words, are "damphools," they will find themselves as badly left as was the poor Dutchman who stuck his finger into a sleepy "possum's mouth to prove that it was dead.' They can tell a snake when they see its tail as far as the next man. We believe this demonstration of Morris's has done the anti-lottery cause a great deal of good in our parish, our people have had an opportunity of witnessing a practical illustration of the operation of boodle. We have talked with none who were present who were not thoroughly disgusted with Morris, his money, his measures and his methods. We trust that Mr. Morris will repeat the performance in every ward in the parish. A long string of resolutions were published in the lottery papers of New Orleans as having been passed at this barbecue. No such thing was done. They were afraid to submit any resolutions to a vote of the audience. That night at the Crescent Hotel Messrs. Dupre and Snyder addressed a small audience. Their efforts were stillborn, not even receiving courteous applause. Mr. A. M. Martin then announced that in about ten days they would give a special entertainment to the railroad men, and right here John A. will again "drap his watermilion!" He is "agin their principles." They profess labor and antagonize encroaching monopolies in every shape and form. From the nature and danger of their occupation they are a jolly and crew, and as a rule do not object to the excitement of gambling, and when pushed will indulge occasionally in a little game of "draw" or handle a hoe in minded, straight forward, manly men, prone to stand up and fight it out where the chances are even, and can never give countenance to the perpetration of a monopoly "skin game" played against the widow and the orphan, women and children, negroes - "everything is fish that comes into its net." If their principles and actions are to be controlled by a chunk of beef and bottle of beer they do not answer straight to the roll call, and belie the estimate we have formed of the them. Lafayette Advertiser 9/5/1891.
Base Ball in Scott.
[Scott, La., Aug. 31, 1891.]
Last Saturday the big base game between the Mentez, L'Anse Burlichaux club, and the Pont Breaux team took place in Mr. Alex Delhomme's pasture. The grounds had been mowed with a machine for the occasion. An immense wooden frame about 30 years behind the catcher served as a back-stop. The turf was in prime order, the weather perfect, and about 400 people had assembled, the ladies gowned in gala costume. Seven innings were played and the score was even, both sides making 20 runs. It was declared a draw, and the contest will be renewed in about two weeks at Pont Breaux. The day's fun concluded with a grand ball at Guidry's Hall, which was literally packed. Among the many young ladies present were Miss Thibodeaux, of Pont Breaux, the daughter of Achile Hebert, Rsq., the Misses McBride, of Lafayette, Miss Martha Mouton, Miss Brent, Miss Broussard, of Abbeville, Cleophas Broussard's daughter, and the daughters of Alcide Trahan, not to speak of the regular habitués of the Hall, who turned out bravely in full force. Mme. Antoine Guidry, with her two lovely daughters, Hortense and Anna, and Sheriff Broussard and his wife, also appeared on the scene.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/5/1891.
Sheriff Broussard Keeps Promise.
For several days Isaac has been poking around "these diggings", (Scott) and of course everyone thought he was on a 'lecturing tour; but the secret has finally leaked out. It appears that a Mr. Gould, who has recently moved here, was accused by Bob Thomas of stealing a fine saddle, but as there was no evidence of the fact the case was placed in Ike's hands to work up. So he paid Mr. Gould a visit, and by some hocus-pocus process got young Gould (who is a nephew of Jay Gould; leastways, he looks like the Jay(bird) family;) to admit that the saddle was at Jennings. So to the intense delight of Jay these 2 lambs, Ike and Jay, set out for Jennings and very quickly recovered the lost saddle, bridle, blanket, etc.; and by his persuasive eloquence, which always waxes mellifluous about 'lection time, the Ike persuaded the Jay to return $22 out of $27 which he had borrowed from a gent at Jennings by giving a promissory note of a Jaybird's song. The Jay's accommodating willingness led the Ike to promise free board and bed at the Broussard Inn, at Lafayette; and the Ike kept his word. Jay Gould, we are told, will furnish a special boudoir car to convey the Jay to the capital, when he visits it.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/5/1891.
Leaving Lafayette. - Mrs. M. F. Rigues and her accomplished daughter, Miss Yolande, left Friday for New Orleans, which will be their future residence. This is quite a loss to our social circle, of which they were cherished members. Mr. Avengno, of New Orleans, a gentleman experienced in this line of business, has leased the popular Rigues House, and will no doubt sustain its high reputation. We extend him and his family from a cordial welcome to our community.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/5/1891.
New Session. - Mount Carmel Convent, of Lafayette, opened a most auspicious session Monday with an attendance or more than one hundred pupil's, more than thirty of whom are boarders. More boarders and day pupils are expected next week. An institution that has always shown the excellence and ability that Mt. Carmel has will always meet with patronage and success.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/5/1891.
People's State Bank.
The People's State Bank of Lafayette begins business on Monday, the 7th inst. Considering the fact that some sixty five persons are actively interested in the bank as shareholders, and the further fact that the management of the institution is in the hands of a board of directors that enjoys the fullest confidence of everybody, the prospects for a successful career are assuring in the extreme. Every person in the town and parish should feel a special pride in actively supporting this financial institution, remembering that the character and standing of all business communities are always judged by the good or bad showing made by them the bank or banks established to them.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/5/1891.
Mt. Carmel Opens. - Mount Carmel Convent, of Lafayette, opened a most auspicious session Monday with an attendance of more than one hundred pupils, more than thirty of whom are boarders. More boarders and day pupils are expected next week. An institution that has always shown the excellence and ability that Mt. Carmel has will always meet with patronage and success. Lafayette Advertiser 9/5/1891.
Convent of Mt. Carmel.
Lafayette, La. Established, 1846 Location healthy and pleasant, only a few squares from the New Orleans & Texas R.R., affording great facility to parents wishing to send their children.
The system of education includes the French and English languages.
Graduating medals conferred upon those who complete the prescribed course of studies. For terms apply to the SUPERIOR.
From the Lafayette Advertiser September 5th, 1891.
Glove Contest. - The Lafayette Athletic Association has already made arrangements for a glove contest to a finish, between Mr. Joe Jackson, of California, and Mr. P. J. McAlister, of Tennessee, for a purse of $350.00, to take place in Lafayette, Sept. 25th. Both men are heavy weights, and have a good record as fighters. This is their first exhibition, and the association will do everything in their power to make the occasion a success. Admission only $1.00. A large attendance is expected.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/5/1891.
WE WILL GO NO MORE.
Mr. Editor: Great were our expectations, from advertisements sent all over this and adjoining parishes to rally with our wives and daughters, to see what was termed a grand barbeque, where refreshments of all kinds would be bountifully supplied. Even with heresay, one had to be present to witness this grand fete occasion. A long, well decorated table, garnished with appetizing viands, the odor of which filled the surrounding hills and valleys, added to promote one's appetite, which had been sharpened with various dainties and refreshments of all kinds!
We were served from a decayed cypress stump cleaned for the occasion, served with one broken half-bottle and a few empty tin cans which were incessantly plunged into the refreshments by a "blood-shot eyed" crowd. So busy were they that they did not realize their own position, that they were gradually sinking in the mud up to the ankle; and yet, with all their exertion, a good many could not be waited upon, and had to go "unquenched."
As late as 2 o'clock p. m. no "speaker" had uttered a single word; but for the ensuing three hours fluent addresses were heard both in French and English, where money was the main topic - all centering upon that as upon a pivot, explaining the great advantages offered to the people for their different wants, particularly the education of children with the $350,000 offered by Jno. A. Morris. When this "enormous sum" was proclaimed by one of the French speakers, a voice remarked, "Yes, 80 cents per capita." Several who understood and had a contempt for the true sense of the thing marched right our of hearing. Another remarked that the speaker said he had eight children to send to school, while he and a good many others had eleven to thirteen, and 80 cents wouldn't begin to buy one beginner's outfit for one week; and rather than sell out to John A. Morris, they would plant three or four more rows of cotton and make it up.
We will not enter into a full detail for want of time; suffice it to say, we will go no more!
(Signed) A HANDFUL OF ANTIS.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/5/1891.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 9/5/1891.
Miss Ada Moss left Monday for New Orleans to resume her studies at the Dominican Convent of that city.
Mr. Charles Augeron, at the Racket House, us up with the season, and has had oysters on sale since September 1st.
Mr. David Riggs is erecting a residence for himself on the property recently purchased by him from Dr. H. D. Guidry, adjoining Pellerin's brick yard.
Mr. J. O. Mouton returned from his trip to Grand Isle Tuesday night. He is improved in health, and says he had a delightful trip.
Mr. Jno. R. Coniff, of New Orleans, arrived Monday, and will spend some time with his aunt, Mr. Jno. Hahn, at the Crescent Hotel.
Mr. Geo. B. Petty, the Photo-Artist, left Tuesday on an extended business trip through the North and East, in the interest of the Studio.
Mr. L. I. Tansey has removed his office from Lafayette street to the Caro building near Constantin's livery stable, where he will be pleased to see his friends.
The Lafayette Building Association will have money to loan at its next regular meeting, September 20th, 1891.
Cotton picking will soon begin in earnest, and labor is now in demand. There is no excuse now for loafers. Go into the country and earn your bread by the sweat of your brow.
All Democrats of the Third Ward of Lafayette parish opposed to the lottery amendment of John A. Morris and his six Republican crew, are invited to meet at the Court House this evening at five o'clock.
We had the pleasure of meeting on the street a few days since Messrs. H. C. McClure and Horace A. McClure, of Gibson City, Illinois. These gentlemen are the father and brother of Mr. Geo. L. McClure, the cashier of our bank, and were here on a prospecting tour.
The boys of the Lafayette St. Aloysius Sodality have done a very worthy creditable act in presenting St. John's Church with a beautifully ornamented brass lamp, which is suspended in front of the large central altar and burns continually before the Holy Sacrament. It is an expensive and attractive ornament.
We would again suggest to our City Council that an artesian well is now in order as a beginning for a water supply for our town. This is something of vital importance to our town, and should not be lost sight of. We know of no improvement more needed, and trust to see our council taking steps for its accomplishment at an early period.
We have received several reports during the week of the unsafe condition of Pinhook bridge on this end. The planks are loose, and frequently one is completely taken out, leaving a dangerous hole. We have had occasion once or twice before to call attention to the fact that the flooring of this bridge needed overhauling and repairing. We trust the road overseer will attend to this matter at once.
Judge Ross was here during the week, with his bridge force, engaged in tearing down and removing the old round house. The work has been accomplished. The removal of this old land mark improves the view from the depot, giving a clear sight of the handsome new round house and surroundings.
We enjoyed a most refreshing and beneficial rain Tuesday evening, which did a world of good to our farmers. Col. Emile Creighton, who had grown quite thin from anxiety during the recent dry weather, was jubilant. He swore that he wouldn't take $500 for that rain, because it was worth $1,000 to his growing cane crop. Lafayette Advertiser 9/5/1891.
The Louisiana Game Law.
The Audubon Society, of New Orleans, has sent out notices setting forth the Louisiana game laws in reference to killing birds, and offering rewards for persons convicted of violating them. Any one killing them is liable to prosecution. The open season, when killing them is as follows: Prairie Hen, November 1 to March; Dove, July 1to March 1; Blue Winged Teal and Wood Duck, August 1 to April 1; other Wild Duck, September 1 to April 1; Quail and Wild Turkey, November 1 to April; Pappabotte, Aug. 1 to October 1.
Lafayette Gazette 9/5/1903.