NOW IS THE OPPORTUNE MOMENT.
It is to be hoped that this parish will be in a position to receive and enjoy the benefits resulting from the Industrial School.
The establishment of the Industrial School at this place will doubtlessly prove a most wholesome incentive to the boys and girls of the parish to strive for educational advancement. The children attending our primary schools will no doubt pursue their studies with the hope of qualifying themselves to enter the Industrial School. The laudable ambition of entering that institution should urge them to exert their best efforts with the view of securing the priceless boon of a good, practical education. Whether or not the youth of this parish will be permitted to attain this most desirable end will, in a great measure, depend upon the manner in which the local authorities will perform their very important duties. If an able and aggressive administration is had the children of the different wards will have a better opportunity to equip themselves for entrance into the Industrial School.
The Gazette would suggest that the local school authorities bear this fact in mind in the selection of officers of the board and the teachers. More than ever it is incumbent upon the School Board of this parish to do all in its power to give the children the very best education of their children and nothing should be left undone to place within their reach the thing for which they have so generously given. With a good system of primary schools in the parish and the fixing of the course of study of the Industrial School to meet, as much as possible, the educational conditions in Southwest Louisiana, the people of Lafayette will be more than compensated for what they have so wisely done.
There is every reason to hope that the establishment of the Industrial College here will prove a great impetus to the educational advancement of the parish.
Lafayette Gazette 9/8/1900.
THE INDUSTRIAL INSTITUTE.
A Most Propitious Beginning.
[By Prof. E. L. Stephens, Pres., in the New Orleans Daily States.]
A very important step forward step in the State's educational system was the establishment during the present year of the new State Industrial Institute, at Lafayette. It is important both for the reason that it makes a large addition to the educational factors of the State, and, in particular, because it comes as a response, generous though long delayed, to the needs, the wishes and the deservings of the people of that large and progressive portion of our State known as Southwestern Louisiana.
The movement in education, generally, during the past few years has been decidedly toward the practical. Manual training, trade schools, schools of pure science and of technology, and human industry have been set up schools for each particular form of and are beginning to show results. These results have proved beyond much doubt that it is the business of the schools not only to teach theory outlined in the text books, but to bring students into touch with practical knowledge that is gained only by doing. It has not by any means bees shown that the former teaching was not and is not both valuable and necessary; with only the exception of Greek and Latin, and a few exceptions in certain branches of science, all the old studies remain in the curriculum of every school that expects to give anything at all of a general culture. But it is settled that no course of general studies is rounded and complete that does not provide for the exercise of the whole boy - both his hand and his brain.
The first step toward making application of the idea of doing in the work of education in this State was in the organization of the Agricultural and Mechanical College in conjunction with the Louisiana State University. This was followed by the Tulane Manual Training school which has developed into the parent College of Technology of Tulane University. Later, in 1894, an Act of the Legislature was passed establishing the Louisiana Industrial at Ruston, La. And by a similar act in 1898 was passed the Southwestern Lousiana Industrial Institute now being organized in Lafayette. Each of these institutions present an example of the union between theory and practice - between thinking and doing - in educational work; the two colleges making the application of this idea in the field of higher education, while the two industrial schools apply it on the plane of secondary education. And in the logical course of the extension of this idea, it will follow here, as has already been the case in the schools of the north and east, that manual training will be inclined in the course of the elementary schools.
The name Industrial Institute is not to be interpreted as signifying a trade school - a school devoted merely to the work of making artisans more skillfull in the practice of their trades. That is a good work for a school to do - to teach men to be tinners, wheelwrights, watchmakers and all kinds of handicraftsmen - but the state of secondary elementary education in our State makes it plain that the work before our Industrial Institute is not primarily the teaching of trades to artisans, but it is the giving of solid and practical instruction and exercise to mind and body of boys and girls. There should be manual training and ample opportunity for exercise in the more ordinary useful arts, practical business courses, and provision for proper exercise of the body; and before all, there should be thorough academic course containing a careful selection from the regular old-time secondary school studies - thus proving that the most normal and well-rounded school experience, whether that experience stops with the work of the industrial school or continues into the still higher work of the colleges and universities.
It is to be regretted that the beginning of the work of the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute will probably be delayed until a later date than was originally expected. It is likely, however, that the advantages of a complete preparation from the beginning of the work, the completion of all necessary buildings and equipment, and (unreadable word) school at the beginning (unreadable words) school year, will more than repay the small injury due to unavoidable delay in building.
The main building of the Institute, now in progress of construction under the direction of Favrot & Livaudais, the architects, is a handsome two-story and basement brick structure to consist of an assembly hall to seat five hundred pupils, and eighteen class-rooms. This building will serve all the purposes of the academic and commercial department of school, the departments of sewing and cooking, of mechanical at free-hand drawing, of shorthand and typewriting, of gymnastics and singing, history, English, mathematics, science, and other academic studies; and will also contain the library and reading room reception and faculty room, president's office and secretary's office. The building will be fitten with all the modern appliances of a first class American school. The contract price as $38,845.
The other buildings of the Institute next in order are to be the machine shop and the dormitory for the girls. These are to cost something near $25,000. The machine shop will be supplied with machines and tools for manual training work in wood and iron, for blacksmith and capentering and work preliminary to engineering. And the dormitory will provide a comfortable home and place of study for about one hundred girls, to be organized into a boarding club after the plan adopted and followed to successfully at the State Normal School at Natchitoches.
It is worthy of note that the popular local interest in the establishment of this institution, as subsequently manifested by the town and parish of Lafayette, the city of New Iberia, and the little community of Scott, La., distinctly marks an epoch in the history of education in our State. In introducing the act by which the school was created, Senator Martin wisely provided that the location of the institution should fall to that place in his senatorial district which offered the best inducements. And although this is so small an area that, wherever located the school must benefit all within and around it, yet there was such demonstration of local enthusiasm as individual offers to donate tracts of valuable land - as much as fifty and seventy-five acres, personal checks for $5,ooo, cash subscriptions up to $18,000, and taxation to the amount of $80,000! And, finally the amount thus locally subscribed for the institution was supplemented as generously by the General Assembly as the condition of the State's finances would permit at the time, so that, all in all, it is probable that no other school in the State will have been so thoroughly equipped in the beginning as this.
The board of trustees is composed of the following members: Governor W. W. Heard, Baton Rouge; Lieutenant Governor Albert Estopinal, Godchaux Building, New Orleans; Hon. J. V. Calhoun, Baton Rouge; Hon. Robert Martin, St. Martinville; Major J. G. Lee, Baton Rouge; Hon. Amos Ponder, Many; Capt. John C. Buchanan, Lafayette; Hon. Thos. H. Lewis, Opelousas; Mr. James A. Lee, New Iberia; Prof. Brown Ayres, New Orleans. From the N. O. Daily States and in the Lafayette Advertiser 9/8/1900.
Guests of Prof. Stephens.
Miss Mary Kate Jack, of Natchitoches, is visiting her cousin, Prof. Stephens, at his apartments over the Bank of Lafayette. Misses Stephens and Morris, who are also guests of Prof. Stephens, will remain a week longer. Lafayette Gazette 9/8/1900.
The many friends in Lafayette of Mr. Florent Sontag were pleased to meet that gentleman who is visiting his relatives in this town. The presence of Mr. Sontag and the other distinguished artists, Miss Nipper and Mr. Paoletti, will enable the people of the community to enjoy a musical treat of rare merit. These very proficient musicians will take part in the rendition of a musical program at Falk's hall on the 11th instant, which will no doubt prove to be one of the most meritorious entertainments ever given in this town. It is to be hoped that that lovers of good music will take advantage of this exceptional opportunity offered them by these talented artists. Lafayette Gazette 9/8/1900.
AID FOR THE TOWN SCHOOLS.
In connection with an editorial printed elsewhere and headed, "Now's the Opportune Moment," we would suggest to the City Council the advisability of making an appropriation toward the support of the town schools. This town gives very little for public education. The local schools should be run at least ten months. Out of last year's revenues the town gave $700 for the Industrial School. It should find a way this year to give as much for the public schools. Would it not be a good idea for the School Board to appoint a committee to call upon the Council and ascertain what it is able to give. Lafayette Gazette 9/8/1900.
THE NEW RAILROAD.
The recent newspaper report that parties interested in the New Orleans and Western Railroad intend to extend or build a line of railway to Texas is the most interesting information that could possibly be imparted to the people of this section. The rumor that the extension will be made by way of Opelousas is quite a surprise to those who recollect that the old Chattanooga (afterwards the New Orleans , Mobile and Texas) was not only projected, but construed to Donaldsonville and Bayou Goula and along the South bank of the Atchafalaya or Old river, which runs nearly east and west for some distance. That section was above overflow even at that period though Morganza levee had not yet been built. The only difficult and costly work on the line was met with in the swamps of Bayou Goula, the average grade along the Old river being only about three feet. The construction was stopped before reaching Butte-a-la-Rose, on each side of which there is considerable swamp land, extending about half of a mile each way, but from whence there is rich, level country, with a grade averaging about two and a half feet, excepting an inconsiderable strip of swamp land two miles east of Lafayette. Since then the L. & N. has acquired a line between New Orleans and Mobile, and the T. & P. between New Orleans and Donaldsonville, and the Louisiana Western between Lafayette and Orange. The distance over the projected road from this point to New Orleans is twenty-five miles shorter than that over the Southern Pacific.
The importance of Lafayette as a connecting point with the North and West can not be over-estimated. A road between Donaldsonville and Lafayette would cross centrally the largest area of cypress lands in Louisiana as well as the rich territory between the Atchafalaya and Teche which were formed by the accretion of millions of years from the Mississippi river. But the greatest extent of territory to be developed is the prairie country and pine forests between the Southern Pacific and Texas Pacific, crossing nearly at right angle the Midland route, the Watkins road, the Kansas City Southern and Sabine river probably at Burr's ferry, to Palestine and Dallas, intersecting the great railway system of old Texas. Such a line would be less than 500 miles from New Orleans to the great cotton and wheat regions of the empire State.
It is to be hoped that it would serve as a wedge between the upper and nether millstones of two monopolies that have oppressed the people of this State so long. Questions of State and national taxation pale into insignificance in comparison with the extortion of these transportation companies. Lafayette Gazette 9/8/1900.
Old Scapegoat? - It is announced on what appears to be good authority that the Republicans of the third district will again lead to slaughter that good old Republican scape-goat, John Pharr. The old gentleman has the stuff and is said to be willing to spend some of it for the glory of Hanna and a high tariff on sugar. The venerable captain is an eminently respectable person and deserves a better fate than to be so often trotted out by the sugar-teats for no other reason than that his financial leg is susceptible of much elongation. If we were a Republican and this were our funeral we would earnestly plead that Captain John be let alone to enjoy life under his own fig tree. Even as a Democrat we would prefer to see some one else nominated by the Republicans. With the old swamper as the opponent of Bob Broussard the campaign would not furnish as much excitement as an Opelousas cock-fight. The Democracy of the old third does not want a lead pipe cinch. It prefers to have some fun for its trouble. Lafayette Gazette 9/8/1900.
Burglars at Work. - During the week three burglaries were committed in the town. The homes of Mrs. T. N. Blake, Joseph Breaux and T. M. Biossat were entered. The thieves contented themselves with stealing articles of little value. They seemed bent on taking away groceries and kitchen utensils. So far the police have made no arrests.
Lafayette Gazette 9/8/1900.
What About the Cotton Mill?
Just as a matter of local interest will some one be kind enough to tell us what has become of the cotton mill movement. Some months ago a large and enthusiastic meeting was held at Falk's hall and the question of building a mill at this place was discussed with considerable animation. So much enthusiasm was displayed that we were tempted to believe the movement would result in something more tangible than a little wind-jamming. We believe a committee was appointed to communicate with Messrs. Tompkins and Hargrove with a view of having these gentlemen deliver addresses to the people of the town on the subject of cotton mills. Since the Falk's hall meeting we don't think anything has been heard of the projected mill. It is to be regretted that the movement which had such a propitious beginning has been permitted to reach such an abrupt and fruitless termination. The meeting at Falk's hall was largely attended and of a most representative character and seemed to presage the best results, but for the same reason or other the most enthusiastic workers lost all interest in the movement and nothing was done. Lafayette Gazette 9/8/1900.
Police Jury Notes.
The Police Jury met last Thursday with all the members present.
Mr. Mouton reported that the City Council of Lafayette would pay half the expense of cutting drains north of town and that the committee would recommend the acceptance of a bid to do the work of $80 there being no other bid for $300. Approved.
The sum of $200 was appropriated to each ward for drainage purposes.
Mr. Campbell appeared and presented a petition of the court and bar praying that provision be made for payment of a court stenographer. The sum of $300 per annum was allowed and the Jury confirmed the appointment of Miss Lizzie Bailey.
Several bids for rebuilding Pascal Moloison bridge were presented and that of Austin Wagner for $269.95 being the lowest, was accepted and a committee appointed to contract and supervise construction.
Messrs. R. O. Young and A. Olivier appeared and asked that the Jury stated definitely what amount the School Board might expect from the parish in aid of education. The gentlemen were informed that $3,000 in the budget would be available out of taxes to be collected this fall plus $4oo due on last year's appropriation.
Justices Bienvenu and Monnier were allowed $20 per month between them.
Messrs. F. G. Mouton and J. C. Buchanan were appointed to arrange for a Farmer's Institute to be held Sept. 27.
The rate of taxation was fixed at 10 mills on the dollar distributed according to the items in the budget.
The treasurer was authorized to borrow $750 to pay court expenses. Lafayette Gazette 9/8/1900.
School Board Organized.
The newly appointed members of the parish School Board met at the court-house Thursday. There were present: Alex. Delhomme, N. P. Moss, R. O. Young, H. Theall, Aurelien Olivier, A. C. Guilbeau, Pierre Landry, Sam Montgomery.
Mr. Olivier was nominated for president. Mr. Olivier declined the nomination and nominated Dr. Moss. Dr. Moss was elected by acclamation. The board transacted some preliminary business and did not take up the election of a superintendent until the afternoon meeting.
When the Board met in the afternoon the question of electing a superintendent was considered. The names of Mr. Creighton Wallis and Chas. D. Caffery were placed in nomination. Both these gentlemen appeared before the Board and made short statements relative to the salary and duties of the office. Mr. Wallis said he would accept the office. Mr. Wallis said he would accept the office for $400 and Mr. Caffery proposed that the salary be fixed at $500.
Mr. Wallis was elected. The vote stood: For Wallis - Olivier, Landry, Theall, Roy, Guilbeau, Montgomery. For Caffery - Delhomme.
Dr. Moss stated to the Board that he would no longer continue as president and that he tendered his resignation. He also stated that he would resign as a member of the Board. Dr. Moss said in substance that he would sever his connection with the Board because his views were widely at variance with those of the other members and that he deemed it best to discontinue his official relations with the body. He added that he met no discourtesy to the other members whose opinions he respected. After the acceptance of Dr. Moss' resignation it became necessary to elect his successor. After repeated requests Mr. Olivier acceded to the unanimous wish of the Board and accepted the Presidency.
Prof. E. L. Stephens and Mr. O. P. Guilbeau were appointed to act with the superintendent on the examining committee.
Dr. R. O. Young was appointed to serve on the appointing committee with the president and superintendent who are ex-officio members. Applicants for schools should communicate at once with this committee. The address of Superintendent Wallis is Lafayette.
It was decided to open the schools on the first Monday of October.
It appears to be the policy of the Board to leave the appointment of teachers to the committee created for that purpose. The appointments are to be ratified by the Board. Lafayette Gazette 9/8/1900.
Epworth League Rally.
A largely attended and very successful Epworth League rally was held in the Methodist church. The meeting was called to order Tuesday by Rev. T. B. Clifford, of Morgan City, district chairman. Mr. Jno. L. Kennedy delivered as able address of welcome to the delegates. Dr. E. M. Ellis, of Crowley, responded for the league. The league continued in session until Thursday. A number of well-written papers on subjects pertaining to the work of the organization were read.
Thursday evening a lawn party was given at the residence of Mrs. E. R. Kennedy in honor of the visiting leaguers.
The following officers were elected: President, A. P. Holt, Crowley; first vice president, D. G. Price, Lake Charles; second vice president, Mrs. P. D. Beraud, Lafayette; third vice president, John L. Kennedy, Lafayette; secretary, J. Van Carter, Crowley; superintendent junior department, Mrs. J. T. Nixon, Crowley. Lafayette Gazette 9/8/1900.
Death on Aurelien Plantation.
George Gratis, aged 45 years, died Wednesday afternoon on the plantation of Mr. Aurelien Olivier. Deceased came to this parish when a boy, having been taken from one of the orphan asylums in New Orleans. He was half-witted and unable to provide for himself, but owing to the kind help of Mr. Olivier and family he was well cared for and did not suffer. His remains was given decent burial. Lafayette Gazette 9/8/1900.
Mr. H. A. Eastin, the ever-reliable painter, has just finished painting Judge O. C. Mouton's house. To say that Mr. Eastin has made a good job of it would be useless. Mr. Eastin is a conscientious and painstaking workman and thoroughly understands every detail in his line of work. Lafayette Gazette 9/8/1900.
The assessment rolls have been completed. Messrs. F. H. Thompson, and Andrew McBride who were engaged by Assessor Martin to do the work, have made a neat job of it. The assessment of the parish, including the town, amounts to $2,848,066. The town's assessment reaches $842,847. Lafayette Gazette 9/8/1900.
THE TRAMP VS. THE HOBO.
Some people are under the impression that a tramp and a hobo are one and the same. This impression is altogether erroneous. Henry A. Debruey, formerly of New Orleans, but now a citizen of the world, has just thrown a great deal of light on the subject. It appears that Debruey, who is a lineal descendant of the great French admiral of that name, prides himself in being called a tramp, but strenuously objects to being classed as a hobo. He says that the great difference between a hobo and a tramp is that the former sometimes degrades himself by working while the latter is morally, constitutionally and instinctively opposed to any kind of labor. Mr. Debruey, who is past grand master in the order of Sons of Rest, is the highest authority in matters that pertain to the profession and his definition of the relative meaning of the two words will no doubt be accepted in all well-informed circles.
It seems that a hobo has been thrown out of work and wanders from town to town in the hope of finding something to do, whereas the real tramp considers all forms of work an unprofessional surrender of his dignity and unworthy the true Son of Rest. The tramp is a peripatetic wanderer by choice and looks down upon the hobo whose forced idleness is a result of the abnormal condition of society. The world should be grateful to Mr. Debruey for his very clear explanation. Hereafter the housewife will have no trouble discerning between the tramp and the hobo. The tramp will grow indignant at the remotest allusion to the woodpile while the hobo will welcome the suggestion that he chop stovewood for a square meal. Lafayette Gazette 9/8/1900.
HIGH ISLAND BEACH.
The Texas coast is getting to be very popular with the people of this section who visit watering places in the summer. During July and August a large number of Lafayette people were at High Island, situated about 40 miles from Galveston. The hotel, which is a handsome and commodious structure, stands upon an elevation of 43 feet above sea level. A ride of 5 minutes in a horse car takes the guests from the hotel to the beach, which is conceded to be equal to any other along the gulf coast. One who desires sea-bathing can not possibly find a better place. The awe-inspiring sting-ray and the other enemies of the bather have so far been on their good behavior at High Island beach. The absence of these has contributed very considerably to the alloyed pleasure of the bathers. Capt. C. T. Cade and his son, Charles Cade, who are at the hotel most of the time, are indefatigable in their efforts to add to the comfort pleasure of every one. During the season which has just been closed the hotel was managed by Mrs. Fields, of Beaumont, a most amiable and energetic lady. High Island is most happily situated and under its present management it will no doubt become one of the most popular bathing places in the South. Lafayette Gazette 9/8/1900.
City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., Sept. 3, 1900. - The City Council met this day in regular session with Mayor Chas. D. Caffery presiding and the following members present: F. Demanade, C. O. Mouton, John O. Mouton, H. Hohorst, J. E. Martin, Geo. A. DeBlanc, F. E. Girard.
Moved and duly seconded, that minutes of previous meeting be adopted as read. Carried.
The water and light committee reported that they had agreed upon a proposition by way of compromise to be tendered Mr. H. Widmer, as to the price charged by him for the dynamo repaired.
On motion duly made and seconded, the recommendation of the committee was thereupon accepted by the Council and the secretary instructed to make offer to Mr. Widmer.
Moved by J. O. Mouton, seconded by H. Hohorst, that the committee be authorized to expend an amount not to exceed forty ($40) dollars to effect drainage in northern part of town. Adopted.
Upon motion duly made and seconded, the foregoing reports were ordered spread on minutes.
The W. W. & E. L. Committee reported that they had expended the sum of $2,206.59 for a supply of coal for plant as per detailed bill, in accordance with instructions heretofore given, and that the coal has all been delivered. Thereupon the report of said committee was approved.
The following bill was laid over for correction:
Moved by F. E. Girard, seconded by Geo. DeBlanc, that a jailer's register be procured and kept recording to law. Adopted.
On motion duly made and seconded, the following resolution was offered by Mr. DeBlanc, which was adopted:
Resolved, That the collector be and is hereby required to furnish the finance committee on or before the 15th of January of each year, with a complete list of all persons doing business in the corporation, subject to a license, and on the first of each month thereafter he shall furnish said committee with the names of any and all persons beginning anew.
Resolved, That in giving said list he shall state character of business in which the person may be engaged.
Moved and duly seconded, that the collector proceed without delay to collect all delinquent taxes according to law. Carried.
There being no further business the Council adjourned.
CHAS. D. CAFFERY, Mayor.
LOUIS LACOSTE, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 9/8/1900.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 9/8/1900.
Private School. - I shall open a private school in the High School building the second Monday in September, provided the public schools are not ordered to be opened soon. W. A. LEROSEN.
Cotton worms have made their appearance in several actions of the parish.
Judge Debaillon and District Attorney Campbell went to Crowley this week and disposed of some special business.
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Mouton and Miss Aimee Mouton returned home this week after spending one month in St. Tammany parish.
Judge Clegg, of New Orleans, was in Lafayette this week. He was the guest of his brother, Mr. Wm. Clegg.
Detective Long, of the Southern Pacific, was in town this week.
A regular criminal term of the district court will convene next Monday. The docket is unusually heavy.
Vic Levy visited Hot Springs this week.
Miss Leila Cornay has accepted a clerical position in the office of Sheriff Broussard.
The Gazette is pleased to note the appointment of Miss Lizzie Bailey as court-stenographer.
Judge A. J. Moss and Dr. N. P. Moss visited New Iberia during the past week.
Wanted. - Men desiring work in sugar house coming season. Apply Lafayette Sugar Refinery Company, Limited.
Methodist Church. - 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.
Mrs. Sidney Martin announces to the public that she is ready to take plain sewing consisting of men's clothing and all other kind of sewing, and that she will be in Lafayette at Mrs. H. L. Monnier's twice a week, or will go at domicil if necessary. Reference: Mrs. H. L. Monnier. Lafayette Gazette 9/8/1900.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of September 8th, 1894:
"How Do the Young Men Spend their Sunday Here?"
The above question was asked the writer sometime ago by a young man from a distant State, who spent a few weeks in Lafayette. The young man was a stranger here and had nothing to amuse, interest or instruct him. He says there nothing here in on by which the young men of this town could spend their Sunday afternoons profitably, unless in the society of friends, and said that in town of this State a stranger could be directed to a reading room, or Young Men's Christian Association.
We think this stranger's question, one which should cause our young men, yea, young women, to seriously ponder over. Many young men go astray because they have no gentle influences thrown around them.
A Reading Room in Lafayette would do much to develop our young people intellectually and morally, and be a means of furnishing them with something to amuse and instruct. Think about this, young men and women of Lafayette. Laf. Advertiser 9/8/1894.
A New Town. - Eunice.
"Eunice" is the pleasing and euphonious name of the new-born town distinguished for being the terminus of the Midland Railroad and for its energetic competition for recognition, just now, as being exceptionally well situated for rapid and substantial development. The great public auctions of lots to take place at Eunice on the 12th. instant, is being thoroughly and extensively advertised by that wideawake real estate firm, W. W. Duson and Bro. of Crowley, the founders of Eunice. A very large crowd of prospectors and investors will be on hand, and it is not unlikely that the new town will be given the kind of a 'send off' that will soon cause it to occupy one of the first places among the most thrifty and progressive young cities of Southwest Louisiana. Lafayette Advertiser 9/8/1894.
Lafayette Public School - The public school will reopen next Monday September 10th. and with the recent addition to the building, over 150 pupils can be accommodated. Last session a number of pupils were refused admittance for lack of room but it is to be hoped no such unfortunate state of affairs will be permitted to occur. However, these parents and guardians, desirous of entering children are advised to do so next Monday morning in order to secure seats, and second, that pupils may be properly classified and graded.Arrangements have been made for employment of an additional teacher is justified by the attendance. The efficiency of the school will thus be greatly increased, and patrons are requested to lend a helping in securing prompt and regular attendance at school. The teacher can accommodate but little unless this is done. In conclusion let it be understood that all but $100.00 has been subscribed to complete the payments on the school house, but many friends have not contributed and no doubt need be entertained as to the payment of this small deficiency. Subscriptions may be handed to the undersigned and made payable by January 1st, 1895. R. C. Greig, Principal.
From the Lafayette Advertiser September 8, 1894.
The street sprinkling contract proved a very one sided affair during the whole month of August as a continuous rainfall made the use of the sprinkler entirely superfluous. The condition promise to reversed for September. Well, "turn about is fair play."
Lafayette Advertiser 9/8/1894.
At the meeting of the City Council last Monday, adverse action was taken on the petition of citizens praying for the opening of 3rd street across the railroad. By 3rd street was meant the street forming the west boundary of Mr. Vordenbaumen's home. Lafayette Advertiser 9/8/1894.
The game of base ball last Sunday between the Royville team and Lafayette's second nine resulted in a defeat of the latter, the score being 22 to 17. A smashed nose, sprained finger and one or two other casualties of the kind added interest to the evening's program. Lafayette Advertiser 9/8/1894.
Rigues Hotel For Sale.
In another column the Rigues Hotel is offered for sale. The reputation of this house that for many years has maintained a position of prominence among the hostelries of the state, make it an exceptionally desirable opportunity for investment. Mrs. M. F. Rigues, the proprietor, wishes to retire from the business. Lafayette Advertiser 9/8/1894.
Eunice is the terminus of the Midland branch Rail Road and will be for years to come. It is the natural center and distributing point of 2,000 square miles of the fine farming lands in the State. Lafayette Advertiser 9/8/1894.
We notice that there will be a grand excursion over the Southern Pacific road and all its branches with a rate of one cent a mile for the round trip to Eunice on Sept. 11th and 12th. We see no reason why Eunice should not grow faster than Crowley did. It is a beautiful location surrounded by fine farms and prosperous farmers ad with W. W. Duson & Bros. to push it, it will surely make a first class town. Lafayette Advertiser 9/8/1894.
Good Time for Steam Laundry.
Our present laundry system is expensive and very unsatisfactory. There is a fine opening here for a steam laundry. It would be a good investment and some of our enterprising citizens should take hold of the matter while the field is clear. Lafayette Advertiser 9/8/1894.
The right of way having been obtained through all lands traversed by the tramway that will connect the farms of Col. Breaux, Mrs. Charles Martin, Jos. A. Chargois, G. C. Bienvenu and others with the railroad at Falk's brickyard, it is hoped that no further obstacle will present itself to the rapid completion of the tramway that it may be in readiness in due time for moving the crop along it line. Lafayette Advertiser 9/8/1894.
Leaving for New Iberia.
Mr. C. C. Higginbotham has announced his intention of leaving our town, to open up a first class barber shop in New Iberia about the 20th instant. He will occupy a floor space in a large and attractive two story brick building now in course of construction, having all of the modern appointments belonging to the tonsorial art. Mr. Higginbotham is an accomplished barber and his departure from Lafayette will be generally regretted. Lafayette Advertiser 9/8/1894.
Frightened by Locomotive.
Mr. Albert Steen, the Breaux Bridge mail carrier, had an exciting experience in our town, last Tuesday. His horses became frightened at a locomotive and sped up Lincoln Avenue at a lightning gait. Mr. Steen succeed in bringing the horses a stop before any damage was done, and what he dislikes the most about the whole affair is that those "depot fellows" should regard altogether as a good joke what was to him a most serious escapade. Lafayette Advertiser 9/8/1894.
How about that anti-Cigarette league? Cigarette smoking is absorbing alarming proportions in this country and its blight, some effects on the minds and physique of our youth is evident enough to engage the attention of every true friend of humanity. No field offers more fertile opening for humane work. The plague must be stopped ere the race be reduced to the state of a dried herring by the life sapping effect of the poisonous home and imported cigarette. Lafayette Advertiser 9/8/1894.
New Drug Store.
We have been informed that Mr. D. V. Gardebled has completed all arrangements to establish himself in the retail business in Lafayette. He will open up in the old M. P. Young & Co. stand now owned by Mr. B. Falk, about October 1st. Mr. Gardebled's residency of several years in this community as prescriptionist in Mr. Wm. Clegg's drugstore make further introduction of him to the public, unnecessary. The Advertiser wishes him success in his business venture. Lafayette Advertiser 9/8/1894.
The Price of Sugar Cane.
We have information to the effect that sugar refineries are at present offering to close contracts for cane in this parish, on the following basis; 80 cents a ton for every 1 cent a pound prime yellow sugar is worth. Payment is to be made Saturday of each week on what will be the average price of prime yellow, based on that week's quotations in which cane was delivered. For instance, if the week's quotations for the grade of sugar named shows an average of 4 cents, all cane delivered that week will be settled for by the refinery at the rate of $3.20 per ton.
It appears that the effort made to bring about an agreement between the different refineries to fix the rate at 80 cents a ton for every one cent a pound a given grade of sugar would bring in open market, has resulted in failure on account of a certain extensive and influential refinery refusing to enter the compact. Closely following this last information, comes the statement, from an authoritative source, that 90 cents a ton will be paid for every 1 cent a pound clarified sugar will command in open market, making a difference of probably 50 cents a ton in favor of the seller of cane. In view of this most recent advice, knowing ones recommend that platters hold off awhile longer before signing contracts at a lesser price than 9o cents a ton for every one cent a pound, as explained in the foregoing statement. Lafayette Advertiser 9/8/1894.
School Board Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., September 1st, 1894.
The Board of School Directors of the Parish of Lafayette met this day in a special session with the following members present: P. A. Chiasson, Jasper Spell, H. Theall, A. C. Guilbeau, J. O. Broussard and J. E. Trahan. Absent: D. Bernard, Dr. W. W. Lessley and J. S. Whittington.
Mr. J. E. Trahan was duly commissioned and qualified as member of the School Board.
On motion by Mr. Guilbeau, the reading of the minutes was dispensed with.
On motion by Mr. Theall duly seconded, Mr. J. O. Broussard was unanimously elected president of the Board.
On motion of Mr. Guilbeau seconded by Mr. Theall, the petition and complaints against Mr. A. D. Martin was laid over for further consideration.
On motion of Mr. Chiasson seconded by Mr. Theall, Miss Carmelite Mouton was appointed as teacher of the Scott school; Messrs. Spell and Guilbeau voting against the motion because they thought the appointment would antagonize the friends of Mr. Martin and keep them from sending their children to school.
Mr. Chas. A. Boudreaux was assigned to the Guidroz school and Mr. J. L. Flechet to the Matthew school.
On motion of Mr. Theall duly seconded, the election of Mr. Ed. St. Julien was laid over.
On motion of Mr. Guilbeau seconded by Mr. Theall, Mr. A. L. Guilbeau was reinstated as teacher of the Roger school.
Mr. J. E. Trahan was appointed on the committees to select teachers.
The following accounts were approved:
A. Cheffer, Lumber ... $117.66.
O. P. Guilbeau, Passing act ... $3.00.
The Board then adjourned.
J. O. BROUSSARD, President.
H. E. TOLL, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/8/1894.
City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., Sept. 3rd, 1894.
At a regular meeting to-day the following members were present, to-wit: Wm. Campbell, Mayor. Members: Andre Martin, Alb. Delahoussaye, John O. Mouton, Felix Demanade, Henry Church and Alb. Cayard. Absent: A. T. Caillouet.
The minutes of last meeting were read and approved.
The Street committee having made their report concerning the opening if 3rd street at the railroad crossing, said report was read and on motion duly seconded the petition asking for the opening of 3rd street was indefinitely postponed.
The following accounts were approved:
On motion the council adjourned to next regular meeting.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/8/1894.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 9/8/1894.
All the public schools in this parish will open Monday.
Supt. Nolan and Mr. J. P. Nolan, of the Southern Pacific, spent part of Wednesday here.
Five thousand people will be in Eunice Sept. 12th.
Mrs. J. A. Veazey had an addition built to the house occupied by Mr. Edmond Broussard and family.
Four bales of cotton were ginned recently at the Gerac cotton gin near town, to test the condition of the machinery. During the coming week the gin will be put in regular operation.
Mr. Robert has left the service of the Lafayette Gazette to accept a clerkship in the J. J. Revillon store.
Miss Ida Hopkin's Training School for boys and girls was opened on the 3rd instant with a fair number of pupils.
Mr. A. J. Brower sold his farm east of town to Mr. A. J. Ross, on the 5th. instant. The purchase price was $4,500.oo part cash.
We call the attention of the public to the announcement in another column, of the re-opening of Orleans Hotel in this town by Mrs. A. D'Orsay.
Engineer Albert Cayard relieved Engineer J. T. Tierney, Monday, on Locomotive No. 516 running between this point and Alexandria.
Little Harold Demanade fell from a tree his left arm at the shoulder joint. Dr. Hopkins attended the little sufferer.
"Drummers" of business for New Orleans mercantile houses were plentiful in Lafayette this week. Their presence is generally regarded as a good omen.
The merits and demerits of the stock law were not brought up for reconsideration at the last meeting of the Council according to the report that had gained currency.
The laying of a brick walk in front of the town public school by Mr. B. Falk, free of charge, is an act of public spiritedness that the pupils will not fail to appreciate.
Prof. Alfred Voorhies went to St. Martinville Sunday and was accompanied by his grand-daughter, Miss Lilly Robichaud, who intends to remain there some time among friends and relatives.
Mr. Alcide Judice of Scott, attended the regular meeting of the directors of the People's State Bank, last Tuesday. Mr. Judice reports a good general condition of the cotton and cane crops in his section.
Mr. George Bagnal returned home Monday from his outing at Galveston.
Mr. Alcee Mouton, made a trip to Algiers this week as fireman on Engine No. 546.
The Huntley Comedy Co., will give a performance at Falk's Opera House on the 23rd instant.
Miss Virgie Younger arrived Sunday at her sister's, Mrs. F. C. Triay, in order to attend the Lafayette High School.
After having taken a rest of several days, engineer Ben Donlon resumed his position on Switch Engine No. 528.
A match game of base ball will be played on the catholic church at Carencro to-morrow evening at 3 o'clock, between the Lafayette B. B. Club, Will Graser, Captain; and the Carencro nine under the captionship of Mr. Trahan. The game will be for a purse.
Mr. Samuel Plonsky of the U. S. mint at New Orleans has been on a visit to his parents since the 2nd instant.
Mr. Charles Debaillion left for New Orleans last Sunday, to re-enter the Jesuits College, of which educational institution he has been a matriculate for several sessions.
Mr. Don Caffery, of San Antonio, Tex., was the guest of his brother, Chas. D. Caffery, Esq., last Monday and Tuesday. He was returning home from a visit to Washington, D. C. Lafayette Advertiser 9/8/1894.
From the Lafayette Gazette of September 8th, 1894:
THE NEW TOWN.
Eugene L. Chappuis, of Crowley, was in Lafayette Monday distributing advertisements for the new town of Eunice. The Duson Bros. could hardly find a better man for this work, as Mr. Chappuis is a courteous gentleman, a good talker and a hustler. Lafayette Gazette 9/8/1894.
Southern Pacific Supt. in Town.
Supt. Owens arrived Wednesday on train No. 20 and was taken ill in the afternoon. Medical aid was secured and he recovered during the night and Thursday made an inspection of the Alexandria branch. Lafayette Gazette 9/8/1894.
Quite an interesting game of base ball was played on the diamond here last Sunday afternoon, between the boys from Royville and the second nine of this place, resulting in a well-earned victory for the visiting club. During the game young Monte and Langlinais, members of the Royville club, were struck in the face by the ball, which compelled them to withdraw from the contest. The score stood 22 to 17.
The Perseverance club of this town and the Invincibles of Carencro will cross bats at the latter place tomorrow afternoon.
The Evening Stars of Lafayette and the Hard-t0-Beats of Scott will try conclusions on the diamond here tomorrow. Lafayette Gazette 9/8/1894.
New Bridge Built.
A substantial bridge has just been completed over the pond near Adrien Breaux's place. The roads of that section have been repaired and widened and are in pretty good condition. Too much credit can not be given to Mr. Landry, police juror of that ward, and Road Overseer Antoine Broussard for the good work that has been done. Lafayette Gazette 9/8/1894.
Gardebled's Drug Store.
The building at the corner near Mrs. Jno. Mouton's store is being repaired preparatory to its use by Mr. D. V. Gardebled as a drugstore. Mr. Gardebled is well and favorably known in this community having been employed in the Clegg drugstore for a number of years. He is a thoroughly competent druggist and a most reliable gentleman and will, no doubt, receive his share of the public patronage. Lafayette Gazette 9/8/1894.
THE SCHOOL BOARD.
The School Board held a special session last Saturday for the transaction of urgent business, but strange to say nothing of consequence was accomplished.
Without going into particulars it would appear from the record that the Board has acted very inconsistently in some matters. In the selection of teachers great care should be exercised and employment given to none but sober and competent persons. Nepotism and favoritism should have no influence in such matters especially when the efficiency of the schools is made a sacrifice.
A proposition of deep importance to public education has been sprung by certain members of the Board. It is the appointment of funds to the various wards upon a pro rate basis. This had been the plan governing the Board until recently, when, by unanimous vote, the funds were placed in one general fund with the proviso be entitled to ten months of school per annum. Several members are now demanding that the old plan of pro rata distribution be adopted in preference to the existing regulation. If this is done, the inevitable result will be that a majority of the parish will fall far below a ten months' session as proposed and in fact reduce the term in several instances to five months or thereabouts, while other wards will have a surplus at the end of the full term. The Board, representing the interest of the whole parish, cannot fail to appreciate the advantages of the system which will insure the longest term without prejudice to the interest of the any particular ward or section. The revenues of the Board for the present fiscal year will amount to $12,000 or perhaps more and with this amount available it is very plain that the schools can be maintained throughout the parish for the desired term. Considering that the expenses for all school purposes last year were $9,000 and making due allowance for increased disbursements this year the above conclusion is quite evident. Let the Board unite is harmonious action for the welfare of the entire parish and all will be well. Unless this is done serious consequences are likely to result, and the cause of education placed in jeopardy. The Board is composed of conservative and liberal minded men, and we feel assured will not abolish the present system until its efficiency over the old plan has been fairly tested. Lafayette Gazette 9/8/1894.
New Bridge. - A substantial bridge has just been completed over the pond near Adrien Breaux's place. The roads of that section have been repaired and widened and are in pretty good condition. Too much credit can not be given to Mr. Landry, police juror of that ward, and Road Overseer Antoine Broussard for the good work that has been done.
Laf. Gazette 9/8/1894.
New Drug Store. - The building at the corner near Mrs. Jno. O. Mouton's store is being repaired preparatory to its use by Mr. D. V. Gardebled as a drugstore. Mr. Gardebled is well and favorably known in this community having been employed in the Clegg drugstore for a number of years. He is a thoroughly competent druggist and a most reliable gentleman and will, no doubt, receive his share of the public patronage.
Lafayette Gazette 9/8/1894
Here to Identify.
George Malagarie and Alex Billaud were in Lafayette Sunday, the negro whom Sheriff Broussard had arrested in New Iberia; but not being the right party he was released from custody. Lafayette Gazette 9/8/1894.
Now With Revillon.
Robert Bailey, who has been manipulating type in The Gazette office for over a year, is now employed in the well-known Revillon store, where his numerous friends will find him as genial as ever.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 9/8/1894.
The heavy and continued rains have not injured the crops as much as we feared. Cotton never was better, and is opening rapidly.
George Lehman, of Rayne, has secured a position in the dry goods store of L. Levy & Son.
Brakeman Joseph Sick, of the Louisiana Western, while attempting to get on a moving car fell and received slight injuries.
J. J. Louailler, brakeman on the Louisiana Western, has been transferred from freight to the gravel train.
Another accident befell the street sprinkler Thursday morning at the railroad crossing. The pin broke causing slight damage.
The cotton gin of Mrs. Leon Billaud ginned its first bale last Tuesday.
Children from the country attending the High School can have cheap board by applying to Mrs. G. M. ESWEIN, Lafayette, La.
The several private schools were opened with good attendance. The public schools will commence next Monday.
A Gazette reporter was shown a stalk of cane having eighteen red joints. It was raised on Mr. Z. Doucet's place.
Paul E. Voorhies, representing the Alden Vinegar Company of St. Louis, was soliciting orders from our merchants last Saturday.
Paul Castel, one of our leading meat dealers, killed a beef last Tuesday that weighed 780 pounds.
While Carrying water to the jail Tuesday morning, Baptiste, a young negro charged with stealing, made a break for liberty, but was caught by Felix Landry and turned over to the jailer.
The Town Council met Monday and refused to grant a crossing near Moss & Mouton's lumber yard.
The large ginnery of Estorge & Billaud at Broussard ginned its first bale last Saturday.
A rattlesnake five feet long was brought to town last Saturday by a young negro living in the country. It has 15 rattlers.
Menton McFadden, one of our thrifty farmers, enjoys the distinction of bringing to this town the first two bales of cotton. They were bought by J. P. Revillon.
The Huntley Comedy Company will open the season at Falk's Opera House on Sept. 23. It is reported to be a splendid company.
Mr. Ed Voneye who, for a while, was telegraph operator at this place, but not at Morgan City, passed through here Tuesday on his way to Opelousas. Lafayette Gazette 9/8/1894.
The Great Lesson.
The first great lesson a young man should learn is that he knows nothing. The earlier and more thoroughly this lesson is learned the better. A home-bred youth growing up in the light of parental admiration, with everything to foster his vanity and self-esteem, is surprised to find, and often unwilling to acknowledge, the superiority of other people. But he is compelled to learn his own insignificance ; his airs are ridiculed, his blunders exposed, his wishes disregarded, and he is made to cut a sorry figure, until his self-conceit is abashed, and he feels that he knows nothing.
When a young man has thoroughly comprehended the fact that he knows nothing, and that intrinsically he is but of little value, the next lesson is that the world cares about him. He is the subject of no man's overwhelming admiration ; neither petted by the one sex nor envied by the other. He has to take care of himself. He will not be noticed until he becomes noticeable ; he will not become noticeable until he does something to prove that he is of some use to society. No recommendations or introductions will give him this, he must do something to be recognized as somebody.
The next lesson is that of patience. A man must learn to wait as well as to work, and to be content with those means of advancement in life which he may use with integrity and honor. Patience is one of the most difficult lessons to learn. It is natural for the mind to look for immediate results.
Let this, then, be understood that the patient conquest of difficulties which rise in the regular and legitimate channels of business and enterprise, is not only essential in securing success which a young man seeks in life, but essential also to that preparation of the mind requisite for the enjoyment of success, and for retaining it when gained. It is a general rule in all the world, and in all time, that unearned success is a curse.
From the Old Oaken Bucket and in the Lafayette Advertiser of 9/18/1869.