From the Lafayette Advertiser of September 9th, 1903:
PUBLIC SCHOOLS OPEN
A Large Enrollment the First Day - Exercises Were and Addresses Delivered.
Monday morning the town schools opened with a large attendance. At the High School the enrollment was 122 and at the Primary School, 165. Opening exercises were held at both schools. At the High School the children were all assembled at 9 o'clock in the in principal's room and addressed by Supt. Alleman, who spoke of the need of a larger and better school building in the course of interesting talk. He closed by introducing Prof. Avery, the new principal, who made a practical talk, during which he made some excellent suggestions to parents. Mayor Caffery then spoke briefly and entertainingly, and was followed by Prof. V. L. Roy, who dwelt on the relation of the Industrial School to the public school. At the close of the addresses, the pupils passed to the different rooms where the teachers, Misses Close, Christian and Dickson assigned their grades. Prof. Avery, Dr. Moss and Supt. Alleman at the conclusion of the opening exercises went to the Primary school.
A number of visitors attended the High School exercises and it is to be regretted that every parent was not there. Those present were: Dr. N. P. Moss, Supt. Alleman, Frank Moss, J. W. Lillibridge, Ashby Woodson, F. G. Mouton, Dr. Thos. B. Hopkins, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Roy, Mrs. C. D. Boudreaux, Mrs. T. N. Blake, Dr. G. A. Martin, W. E. Johnson and M. Mucha.
At the Primary school there was no particular programme, the day was begun by singing of the old songs learned last year, pleasantly varied by the little one letting their vacation experiences which proved very entertaining indeed; after which the work of placing the children and assigning lessons was taken up and soon everybody was busy.
There were only two visitors present, Mr. F. E. Davis and Dr. J. A. Martin, but we are sure that if the parents had known what an enjoyable hour was in store for them, not a single one would have been absent. The teachers in charge of the Primary school are: Misses Fadra, Holmes, principal; Maggie Bagnal, Pearl Larehy and Emily Horton. Lafayette Advertiser 9/9/1903.
Lafayette Home Institute.
This institution opened its seventh annual session Tuesday, Sept. 1, with an enrollment of sixty pupils, and will soon attain its maximum attendance of eighty. The school has always received the hearty support of the community, and prospects for the coming session are flattering indeed. Lafayette Advertiser 9/9/1903.
The Industrial Institute.
Next Wednesday, Sept. 16, the Industrial School will begin its third session. The prospects for a successful session are very bright, and the indications are that the attendance will be much larger that during the past session. All of last year's faculty have been retained with the exception of Prof. Smith and Misses Montgomery and Huger, who resigned. Prof. Sontag will have charge of the music department, but the successors of Prof. Smith and Miss Huger have not been announced. Lafayette Advertiser 9/9/1903.
LAFAYETTE PARISH CONTEST.
Executive Committee Orders That Primary Be Held Jan. 19.
In passing upon the Lafayette parish contest case yesterday the executive committee of the Democratic State central committee declared in favor of parish primaries after Jan. 1 for the nomination of candidates to be voted on in 1904, by order that the Lafayette parish primary be held Jan. 19.
Preliminary to this action the committee adopted the following additional section to the circular letter to chairmen of parish committees, Mr. Kruttschnitt introducing the necessary motion to reconsider, and then to amend the circular:
"6. The committee, in the rules suggested by it, has provided that the qualifications of voters at primary elections, in respect to poll taxes, shall be that the voter shall have paid the same poll taxes required of the voter who shall participate in the general election following the primary. Whilst the committee has taken this action, a wide divergence of opinion has developed among the lawyers of the State upon the question, whether the poll tax qualification for voting at a primary held in the fall of 1902 be the payment of the poll taxes for the years 1901 and 1902, or for the years 1902 and 1903. All difference of opinion on this subject would disappear if parish primaries be held subsequently to Jan. 1, 1904. In this event the committee is of opinion and advises that the old registration of voters remain good for all purposes until after the new registration shall have been completed, sixty days after Jan. 1, 1904. During the sixty days the fact the voter was registered under either the old registration of the new one, would, in the opinion of the committee, constitute him a registered voter for the purposes of casting his vote at a primary election held during said sixty days. It will, therefore, be that the holding of local primaries subsequently to Jan. 1 1904, will eliminate very serious legal questions from the case, and question which the executive committee can not keep out of the courts."
For the subcommittee on the Lafayette parish contest, Mr. Kruttschaitt reported, first, that the committee was without legal authority to pass upon the legal questions involved in the petition that Messrs. Broussard and DeClouet be unseated for having removed from the ward and precinct, respectively, from which they were elected to the parish committee.
As to other points involved in the Broussard-Scranton petition to review and amend the action of the dominant Lacoste-Voorhies faction, the subcommittee reported practically the same rules and regulations adopted for the St. Martin primary, with alterations as to details in conformity with the action of the executive committee as to advisory rules for the guidance of parish committees. The principal points, then, in the decision of the subcommittee were:
1. That there should be three commissioners and one clerk at each poll, and that the Broussard-Scranton faction should have the privilege of naming one commissioner and the clerk for each poll.
2. That the expenses of the primary should be prorated among the candidates, who should post their pro rata before the election. (last 7 sentences unreadable). Lafayette Advertiser 9/9/1903.
A Peculiar Rock.
Mr. Armand Deffez brought to The Advertiser office Saturday a very peculiar kind of black earth rock which he states is found in large quantities on Mr. Eugene Richard's place about two miles east of Lafayette. The substance is a very light porous kind of black, leadish rock, which when shaved with a knife crumbles into fine black powder. Lafayette Advertiser 9/9/1903.
Mr. C. O. Mouton's handsome new residence on Main street is nearly completed and is a decided addition to that part of town. Lafayette Advertiser 9/9/1903.
The fish down at Shell Island at the mouth of Vermilion Bayou may just as well follow the example of Davy Crockett's historic coon, who exclaimed, "Don't shoot, Mr. Crockett, I'll come down," for a crowd of Isaac Waltons left here Saturday to interview them, and are after fish straight. Those in the party are: Aug. Labbe, Andre Billeaud of Broussard, Arthur Leblanc, Judge Alex Verot, D. M. Verot, Sidney Veazey, Joe Mouton and B. J. Pellerin. Lafayette Advertiser 9/9/1903.
The Advertiser has received a sample of some extra fine rice raised on the Pomeroy Bros.' plantation at Lowery, La. A count of grains on one of the heads gives 211, and each grain is full and large. The Pomeroy Bros. have 300 acres just like it. The sample is on exhibition in The Advertiser's window.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/9/1903.
Benefit Sunday Night.
Mr. Edwin Southers, a prominent actor, well and favorably known to Lafayette theater goers, best remembered by his beautiful presentations of Faust and Monte Cristo, is in the city, and is accompanied by his daughter, Miss Marie Southers. By reason of reverses and a railroad wreck on the A. C. L. near Quilman, La., in which Mrs. Southers, also well known to our theater patrons, was very seriously injured. Mr. Southers is in straightened circumstances. An effort will be made to give him a testimonial benefit at the opera house Sunday night, Sept. 18. Falk's Opera House has been offered to Mr. Southers free of charge by Manger Bendel, and no doubt a large crowd will be present that night to assist Mr. Southers, whose performances are always worth the price of admission. Lafayette Advertiser 9/9/1903.
A Great Advantage.
A reporter for the Advertiser, during his rounds, paid a visit to the Merchants' Wholesale Grocer, Co., now located in its handsome two-story brick building. He was cordially invited by President Demanade and Mr. Jeanmard, the book keeper, who very courteously showed him over the entire building. The Grocer Co. opened up for business on Sept. 1, and has more than met with the success expected. The house was filled with various goods, though not nearly all the stock was received. In speaking as to prices President Demanade states that the Company can easily meet New Orleans prices (last 4 sentences unreadable). Lafayette Advertiser 9/9/1903.
For a Worthy Cause.
A number of charitable ladies will sell refreshments at the Band concert at Parkerson's Grove Friday night to raise money for a widow who has several children and has been left in almost destitute circumstances. This is a case where assistance is deserved and we are sure that the big hearted people of Lafayette will see that this widow and her children shall not lack for anything. Lafayette Advertiser 9/9/1903.
Death of Rev. Gladu.
Rev. Peter Gladu, brother of Dr. A. Gladu of this place, died in Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday, Aug. 3o. Rev. Gladu was the beloved pastor of the church at Wellston, Ohio, at which place his loss is greatly felt. Rev. Gladu had been in bad health for some time, and was forced to give up his pastoral duties and go to Columbus, where he received the best medical attention. The funeral services were held at the Cathedral, were conducted by Father Leyden, of Columbus, who returned from Canada, where he was away on a visit, specially to render his friend his last service. The remains were interred in Mt. Calvary cemetery. Rev. Gladu was well known here, and his friends will learn of his demise with deep regret. Lafayette Advertiser 9/9/1903.
The Southern Pacific Steamship Line announces that it will inaugurate its Winter Tourist Season with a personally conducted Fall Excursion to the famous old city of Havana, the cleanest and one of the most picturesque cities of the western hemisphere, and for this occasion will put on a special one-half rate from all points in its line in Louisiana and Texas, tickets being placed on sale in Texas Sept. 17 and 18, and in Louisiana Sept. 18 and 19, 1903. The palatial steamship Louisiana sailing from New Orleans at 2:00 p. m. Saturday, September 19. Excursionists have the privilege of staying over in Cuba and returning to starting point in 30 days.
The offer is the first low rate steamship excursion ever made by the Southern Pacific to Havana, and is the lowest round trip ever offered to that city by any steamship line. The rate includes meals and berths while aboard ship.
The "Louisiana" leaves New Orleans Saturday at 2:00 p. m., from the head of St. Louis street passes out of the mouth of the Mississippi river by nightfall, and is out on the broad, blue, Gulf of Mexico all that night and the following day and night, reaching Havana harbor early Monday morning.
The "Louisiana" leaves Havana on the return trip every Tuesday at 3:00 p. m., reaching New Orleans again Thursday night. Lafayette Advertiser 9/9/1903.
Select News Notes (Advertiser) 9/9/1903.
We regret to chronicle the illness of Editor Homer Mouton of The Gazette, who has been confined to his bed for several days with fever.
Mrs. A. J. Alpha is ill at her home with a case of typhoid fever.
Miss Cora Desbrest is back again at her place at Levy Bros. after spending several months in Tennessee and places of interest in Virginia and elsewhere.
W. V. Nicholson returned Wednesday from San Angelo, Texas, where Mrs. Nicholson is sojourning for the benefit of her health. The many friends of Mrs. Nicholson will be greatly pleased to know that the climate is proving very beneficial to her.
Mrs. B. N. Coronna and daughter, Miss Ula, have returned from St. Louis, after an absence of several weeks.
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From the Lafayette Advertiser of September 9th, 1899:
The Advertiser Thanks the Gazette.
We tender our thanks to the GAZETTE for the unsolicited editorial advertisement concerning the African Cotton to be found in the issue of Sept. 2, 1899, or our contemporary.
We never thought when we introduced this sterling variety of cotton to the farmers of our parish, that its tallness would be one day required by the GAZETTE to hide behind will all of its political sayings, and not answering our comment.
We are delighted to state that besides the satisfaction this cotton has given the farmers it has been the place to conceal a matured member of the "fourth estate."
The writer of the editorial advertisement in the GAZETTE must be a JUDGE, as he awarded the Advertiser a mention for its good making up. Thanks again.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/9/1899.
About sixty representatives of all the wards of the parish met last Saturday morning at 11 o'clock at Falk's Hall.
Being present by a special invitation we noticed among those present, men who stand high both in character and integrity in each one their respective wards.
Hon. Albert Guidry, of Carencro, a gentleman of high standing and ex-member of the Legislature was called to the chair and Mr. Albert Trahan, of Scott, was appointed secretary.
Mr. Crow then addressed the meeting defining the object in view in clear, unmistakable terms. The present state administration being his topic, he showed up all the frauds, the underhanded ways and means employed by the present administration to perpetuate itself in power to the detriment of the poor people who as usual are its dupes. In a few clear words, the speaker showed how numerous abuses were perpetrated and gave a complete description of the bad state government under which the good people have no more voice than if they were slaves. His speech was warmly received and applauded by all present:
Messrs. Louis G. Stelly, C. F. Latiolais, W. B. Torian and others addressed also the meeting and all spoke in the severest condemnation terms against the present administration.
The proceedings in detail are given below.
Proceedings of the Citizens Meeting.
Pursuant to a call there assembled at Falk's Hall, Saturday, Sept. 2, 1899, a number of prominent and representative citizens.
Mr. Albert Guidry was called to the chair and opened the meeting. Mr. Albert Trahan, of Scott, was elected secretary.
Mr. Crow Girard was the first speaker and in a few words explained the need of reform in the affairs of the parish and the necessity of all good citizens taking an active part in the coming election and towards securing a better administration of our local affairs.
Mr. W. B. Torian then addressed the meeting and presented a petition to the circulated throughout the parish asking for white primary.
It was then moved, seconded and carried that a committee be appointed to circulate said petition. The president made the following appointments, 1st, Ward, Honore Begnaud, 2nd, Ward, Eraste Broussard, 3rd, Ward, Willy Couret and Dr. P. M. Girard, 4th, Ward, K. Nelson Higginbotham, 5th, Ward, Therence Girouard, 6th, Ward, Louis G. Stelly and Vincent Hernandez, 7th, Ward, Alphonse Broussard, 8th, Ward, Jules Meaux.
Moved and seconded that a committee be appointed at large in the interest of this movement. Messrs. Albert Guidry, C. H. Lusted, M. Melancon, A. Judice and G. W. Scranton were appointed such committee.
A committee on resolutions were appointed to report at next meeting. Messrs. C. Latiolais, Crow Girard, Dr. J. P. Francez, Olivier Boudreaux and R. W. Elliot composed said committee.
It was moved and L. G. Stelly and seconded by Crow Girard that this meeting be organized permanently with the following officers: President, Albert Guidry; Secretary, Albert Trahan; Vice-president; Jean Hebert, Alcide Judice, Ernest Broussard, Jean Simon, A. A. Labbe, Dr. J. P. Francez, Dolse Broussard and Jules Meaux.
It was moved and seconded that a grand mass meeting be held at Falk's hall on Saturday Sept. 16th., 1899 at which all of the citizens of the parish are invited to attend.
Meeting then adjourned to meet on Saturday, Sept. 16., at 3 p. m.
PETITION TO BE CIRCULATED THROUGHOUT THE PARISH.
To the Honorable John Hahn and D. A. Cochrane, Chairman and Members of your respective Democratic Executive Committees for the Parish of Lafayette:
We, the undersigned citizens and qualified voters of the Parish in view of the discord in our party and desiring harmony in our midst respectfully petition your Honorable Bodies to unite and lend your best efforts to bring about this result which will insure security to our party and restore good fellowship and harmony among the white voters of our Parish.
By the pacific influence of our Congressman, Hon. Robert F. Broussard, during the last congressional convention, both factions were equally recognized and pledge to united action to restore harmony in the party. And we your petitioners believing that the best way to accomplish this end is to secure to the people a fair and honest registration, election and count. We earnestly urge and request that you call for white primaries for the selection of all candidates for district and local officers, and that the qualification for voting at said primaries shall be a a pledge to vote for the candidates so chosen. Hoping your favorable consideration from your Honorable Bodies, we are
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THE INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL.
The question of an Industrial School is all the absorbing one before the people of our Parish. It is probably one of the most important questions that the people of the Parish have ever been asked to decide upon. It is a question that every man and woman who has the welfare and prosperity of the Parish at heart has a deep interest in far beyond the present day. Our Parish is comparatively speaking POOR and a great many of our farmers are poor and heavily mortgaged, their buildings are poor, especially their farm buildings, their fences are poor, their stocks are poor, their farming implements are worse than poor, their roads are poor, their markets are poor. Every man who is well posted knows that what I have stated above is true. Now Mr. Editor, why should this be so? We have one of the healthiest and finest farming country that the sun ever shone upon. We have thousands of acres of rich farming lands scattered all over the Parish laying idle and uncultivated, which does not bring in annually one cent an acre to any man, nor ever will so long as the owners are determined to settle down and stay where they are and have been for the last twenty-five years. They must do something to help themselves if they ever intend to get out of that old rut. They must rise above their old pride and do everything in their power to increase our population by building up our city and towns. Bring the Industrial School here and the foundation for all these great improvements are laid, all kinds of industries will follow in its wake, capitalists are sure to come and settle among us, help us to build up our city and towns, buy up our idle lands, put up good buildings for sheltering their stock and storing feed for them in the winter, put on good teams and labor saving machinery raise their own horses, mules, cattle, cows, sheep and hogs, their own hay hay, oats and corn to feed them instead of sending to Texas, Kansas and other states for nearly all of their supplies, and sending thousands of dollars out of the Parish to enrich those states, that should be kept here at home and spent among our own people. The Parish of Lafayette with its lovely climate, its thousands of acres of rich farming lands, now lying idle or uncultivated ought to and can if properly managed, raise all the horses, mules, cattle, milch, hogs, sheep, hay, oats and corn. In fact, everything that our market demands, not only our own market but the markets of our neighboring Parishes. These things are all within our reach, if every man will put his shoulder to the wheels of progress and help them roll forward and voting for the bonus of two mills on the dollar. It is a mere nothing. Our assessor tells me that our Parish is divided into eight wards. He tells me that in one of the most backwards ; the lands are assessed at $4. per acre, the next $5, the next $6 and $7 and so on.
Taking all the wards together probably the assessed value would be between $5 and $6 per acre. Consequently if a man is assessed for 100 acres at $5 per acre his bonus tax of two mills would be only $1 per year, if assessed for 200 acres, 2 dollars per year, 300 acres $3 per year, 400 acres $4 per year and so on a mere nothing to be compared with the ten fold reward that he will receive in return. I can't think that any well informed man can consistently go and vote against the bonus when he knows by so doing that he is voting against his own interest, the interest of his Parish and the people living in it and virtually casting his vote in favor of New Iberia. Lafayette Advertiser 9/9/1899.
The Ladies Industrial School Association will give a Grand Concert on Friday night, Sept. 5th, at Falk's Hall. It is unnecessary to ask our citizens to be present on this occasion, as they know well enough in view and the duty they have to fulfill towards its, consequently we can depend upon a large audience. Lafayette Advertiser 9/9/1899.
A PUBLIC MARKET. - A public market for Lafayette is nearly an accomplished fact. At the last session of the city council, Mr. Geo. A. DeBlanc, furnished the information that a citizen intended to offer and build the market at his own expense. This is certainly a useful institution needed in Lafayette for a long time and we hope to be able very soon to record the opening of the market.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/9/1899.
Schmulen (the Racket Man) is receiving daily his new stock of goods. They are just a beauty and are marked down at prices that will remind the purchaser that the Racket Man stayed at home and consequently has no traveling expenses to be reimbursed by the trading club. Schmulen crushed us under a nobly "crushed hat" of which he has quiet a supply. They are just the hats you want for fall and winter. Lafayette Advertiser 9/9/1899.
Finest So Far.
Mr. Eraste Patin, brought to our office the finest sample of sugar cane we have seen this year. It had eighteen red joints being first year's tubble. Mr. Patin has four acres of this cane in cultivation. Lafayette Advertiser 9/9/1899.
A Gay Little Party.
A gay party of little folks met Wednesday afternoon at the residence of Dr. T. B. Hopkins to attend the party given by Miss Eliza Hopkins in honor of Misses Quintella Morgan and Roena Hopkins to their young friends. Music and merry games occupied them till the shades of evening fell upon the scene when all retired to the dining room and partook of a delicate repast prepared for them. Later singing and cake walk by the little entertainers helped the hours to fly. The party broke up about eight o'clock, and was pronounced a success in spite of the rainy afternoon. Lafayette Advertiser 9/9/1899.
Young Men's Dance.
The dance given by the young men of Lafayette last Thursday night was one of the most successful affairs gotten up this summer. Even though the heat was intense the dancers seemed not to care; as the full sets on the floor as the sweet music starter indicates the good times all were having. Prof. Mouton's band was in tip-top shape. The floor managers fulfilled their duties to perfection. The ball was a complete success and we know other similar affairs will follow ere the season is over.
The following strangers were in attendance: Misses Louise Wiltz and Marie Escobal of New Orleans, Collins of Algiers, Block, Estilette; Francez and Gordon of Carencro; Judice of Scott; Guilbeau and Martin of Breaux Bridge and Messrs. Abel and W. Melancon, Raoul Dugas, Delhomme and Broussard Guilbeau and Pellerin of Breaux Bridge; G. Francez, Leslie C. Miller of Carencro and Leo Judice of Scott. Lafayette Advertiser 9/9/1899.
Tax for Industrial School.
Lafayette, La., August 3d, 1899.
I the undersigned assessor of the parish of Lafayette, La., having carefully examined the names of the signers of the petition hereto annexed addressed to the Police Jury of said parish, calling for an election to take the sense of the property tax-payers of said parish on a proposed tax for an industrial school provided by law, do hereby certify that the signers to said petition constitute more than one-third of the property tax-payers of said parish of Lafayette.
Witness by official signature this August 3d, 1899.
A. M. MARTIN,
Assessor Lafayette Parish La.
Sec. 2. Be it further ordained by said Police Jury of Lafayette, La., That said election shall be held under the general election laws of the State of La., and a the polling places established in said parish and the ballots of be used at said election shall be printed or written by law.
Sec. 3 Be if further ordained, That the board of supervisors of the election for the parish of Lafayette, La., are hereby authorized to appoint commissioners and clerk to serve at said polling places to give the notice of said appointment and the time and places of the holding of said election, to the Police Jury according to law.
Sec. 4. Be it further ordained, etc., That the assessor of the parish of Lafayette, La., shall furnish to the commissioners of election as herein before authorized, a complete list of the tax-payers with the amount of their assessment respectively in the corporate limits of said parish only certified, and shall also furnish a duly certified list of the election of said parish to the commissioners of election.
Sec. 5. Be it further ordained, etc., That the commissioners of election shall receive the ballots of all property tax-payers of the parish of Lafayette, entitled to vote at said election under, the laws of the State of Louisiana, and before depositing the same in the ballot box shall endorse thereon in the presence of elector, unless the ballot shall have been so endorsed, the name of the voter and the amount of his assessed property, and the commissioner shall make returns of the number of votes and the amount of the assessed value of the property voted for and against the levy of said special tax.
Sec. 6. Be it further ordained by the said Police Jury of the parish of Lafayette, La., That this ordinance and the said petitions of tax payers be published in the Lafayette Advertiser and the Lafayette Gazette, official newspapers of the said parish of Lafayette, La., for thirty days prior to said election, in the same manner as provided by law for judicial advertisements, and that this ordinance shall take effect from and after its passage. Lafayette Advertiser 9/9/1899.
City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., Sept. 4, 1899.
The City Council met in regular session with the following members present: Wm. Campbell, Mayor. Members: F. E. Girard, J. O. Mouton, C. O. Mouton, J. E. Martin, G. A. DeBlanc, F. Demanade, H. H. Hohorst.
Moved by O. C. Mouton, seconded by DeBlanc that petition of A. J. Ross be turned over to street Committee. Carried.
The following bids for working of streets and bridges were received.
Moved by C. O. Mouton seconded by Hohorst that above bids be referred to street Committee, they having power to accept and contract or reject same. Carried.
John Givens appeared before the Council and asked for a reduction in rates as to water furnished him at Ice Factory. Moved by Girard seconded by DeBlanc, that application of Mr. Givens be turned over the W. W. & E. L. Committee and that they have full power to act on the matter. Carried.
Moved by Girard seconded by Hohorst that present rates of water and lights be retained as established until further time. Motion carried.
The following accounts were approved:
There being no further business the council adjourned to meet the first Monday in October.
WM. CAMPBELL, Mayor.
LOUIS LACOSTE, Secretary.
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Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 9/9/1899.
Miss Lucille Revillon returned from Thibodeaux last Wednesday.
Miss Estelle Mouton is now to be found at Moss & Co. in the grocery department.
Don't fail to attend the big Mass Meeting at Falk's Hall, Saturday Sept. 16th, at 3 p. m.
Messrs. H. and J. Plonsky and A. Vigneaux took in the ball game at New Iberia last Sunday.
Judge C. Debaillon and Messrs. Lombard and Paul Castel have returned from a pleasant week's outing at High Island, Texas.
Geo. Bryan, of Cade Station, late a private in Hood's regiment, was visiting his friend, E. W. Chase at the Cottage Hotel last Wednesday.
The Valley of the Teche, of Breaux Bridge, recommends highly Mr. Chas. Babin civil engineer, formerly of Breaux Bridge, now located in Lafayette.
A skilled cutter from Chicago, will be at the Lafayette Clothing House on Sept. 13 and 14, ready to take your measure for any perfect fitting suit of clothes at a very low price, you may be in need of.
Dr. M. R. Cushman, of Milton, was in town last Tuesday. The doctor is enthusiastic over the big canal now being dug in his section and predicts a wonderful future for his little town.
Mr. Ralph Voorhies has resigned his position with Moss & Co. and has accepted a clerkship with Levy Bros. of Orange, Texas. Ralph was very popular and Lafayette is sorry to see him leave.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/9/1899.
From the Lafayette Gazette of September 9th, 1893:
THE REASON WHY.
Our excellent contemporary, the Valley of the Teche, takes issue with us because of an article which appeared in The Gazette wherein we gave it as our individual opinion that the contemplated railroad between this place and Breaux Bridge, as well as the one between the latter place and New Iberia, owing to certain information that had reached us, added to our own deductions drawn from existing conditions, and our idea was and is, that it would be best to concentrate our united effort on a refinery, because a refinery could be secured in a few months.
The Gazette is strongly impressed with the plea advanced by its esteemed contemporary, and gives us the opportunity to reiterate an often expressed wish that no one can have a stronger desire to see a railroad connection between the two towns than The Gazette, and it would hail with pleasure the intimation that the railroad officials had fully determined to build this tap.
We took the view that for the immediate advancement of the real material interests of the town, it would be advantageous to let go the railroad scheme and devote our best energies to the refinery. The refinery first, because it will enhance the prosperity of the people to such a degree that they will be better equipped to grapple with the railroad problem: The operating of a refinery would at once place some $160,000 to $200,000 a year in circulation, and besides it would tend to revive the drooping confidence of our farmers, caused by the small returns which their staple crop cotton, brings them. This waning confidence must be revived. How best to do so? We contend by the building of a central refinery.
Confidence in the ultimate realization of an object, and confidence in the immediate certainty of an absolutely needed enterprise, are two things, and The Gazette has assumed that the active support of the latter will be most advantageous to the people of the town, and this can be done without dropping the former altogether. We believe results will be achieved all the sooner by acting upon the lesson conveyed by the father, whose son being unable to break, together, the bundle of sticks, was shown how easily it could be done by breaking one at a time. Lafayette Gazette 9/9/1893.
THE COMING CROP.
There is a larger acreage in cane in the Parish of Lafayette to-day than has ever been cultivated before. The planters have realized that while cotton will always command a market, the price is far from bringing the remunerative returns for the same labor expended that cane will, and, in consequence, are turning their attention to the latter crop.
Cane will yield from 15 to 35 tons to the acre in this parish, and the price to-day is $4.45 a ton. It is easy to see the profits that can be made. Any good worker can raise 10 acres of cane, and the other crops of feed and vegetables he needs, many, in other parts, have done even better. The crop is laid by in June, so his crop is made before the hot weather comes on. Lafayette Gazette 9/9/1893.
To the World's Fair.
Mr. and Mrs. Jno. O. Mouton left Wednesday for the World's Fair, and while North Mrs. Mouton will buy a large and varied stock of goods, of the latest styles, for her millinery store. During their absence that accomodating clerk, Mr. Jean Comeaux, will be in charge of the millinery store, and the competent Mr. Walter Mouton will attend to the depot stores. Lafayette Gazette 9/9/1893.
Transported by Sheriff.
Sheriff Broussard left Tuesday for the State Lunatic Asylum having in charge the unfortunate Louis Martin, who had been interdicted sometime since, but owing to the crowded condition of the Asylum there was no room to receive him until now, and during the interval he had been detained at home. This unfortunate being has a wife and nine children who, we understand, are in quite straitened circumstances. Lafayette Gazette 9/9/1893.
Looks Good for Crops.
From the reading of our exchanges we infer that this is an exceptional fine year for sugar cane. Everywhere the crops are reported in a forward condition, and the yield promises to be the largest since the late unpleasantness between the States. Lafayette Gazette 9/9/1893.
That enterprising merchant, B. Falk, shipped the first cotton of the season from this point last Monday. The shipment consisted of two bales and was consigned to H. Abraham & Son, New Orleans. This cotton was raised by Arthur Martin and ginned at Ernest Bernard's gin. Lafayette Gazette 9/9/1893.
The business community has been wishing for a street sprinkler that would lay the dust in front of their respective establishments, and thus save the damages caused by the dust to their goods, to say nothing of personal comfort. Now that they have one they should patronize liberally the parties operating it. So far, not many have availed themselves of its advantages, but those who have say they would not be without it. Lafayette Gazette 9/9/1893.
Refinery for Lafayette?
In a conversation with Mr. J. H. Humble some days since, it was learned that if the people of Lafayette will give a suitable site and right of way for switch, and guarantee to the mill the yield of 2,000 acres of cane, and agree to sell same, the first year, at the same price paid by other refineries, less freight, the Ferris Manufacturing Company would put up a refinery plant. Here is food for thought. Lafayette Gazette 9/9/1893.
Arrested for Horse-stealing.
Deputy Sheriffs Hebert Billaud and S. Bernard arrested Wednesday in Abbeville, a man named Williams Watkins charged with horse-stealing, and gave him free lodging in Ike's Hotel. The affidavit was made by Sam Smith who claims that he bought the horse from Watkins, but it seems the horse is the property of Henry Jones, a negro from Que Tortue and disappeared from his premises, and in finding him in the possession of Sam Smith, made a demand for his property, and upon being refused proceeded to have Smith arrested. Smith is in jail. Watkins acknowledges to have sold the horse to Smith but says he bought the animal in Iberia. Watkins father is expected today to furnish bail for his son. Lafayette Gazette 9/9/1893.
Complimentary to Ike Broussard.
As a detective Sheriff Broussard of Lafayette parish would do credit to any force in the United States. The skill and judgment he displayed last week in Lafayette in capturing the two negroes who had robbed the agent at Iowa station, is a piece of detective work for which the Sheriff deserves special praise. Lafayette parish should see to it that Sheriff Broussard is retained in his present position. From the Rayne Ranger and in the Lafayette Gazette 9/9/1893.
Mr. Alfred Hebert received last week by express from Missouri a fine pedigreed Poland-China sow, and on which the express charges were $18. The price paid for the sow was $50. This at first glance appears to be a high price, but it is not, for the reason that from the first litter he may recoup himself for his outlay. Some time since we were afforded the opportunity to visit his hog range, and it was clearly demonstrated to us that it is possible to raise pork here at very remunerative prices. Lafayette Gazette 9/9/1893.
Mock Trial in St. Martinville.
The Gazette had the pleasure to witness, last Thursday, in St. Martinville, a novel entertainment. It was a mock trial, conducted by young ladies representing court officers and attorneys, and is a satire on woman's rights. The prologue delivered with fine effect by Miss Lucy Hart, was full of hits, and the whole piece provoked much laughter. The court house was scarcely large enough to afford room for the large audience in attendance. After the entertainment a ball took place in the high school building and the music was furnished by the St. Martinville string band, said to be one of the best in the State. The entire management of the affair was in the hands of the efficient superintendent of public instruction, Mr. P. D. Olivier, and was given for the purpose of raising funds to furnish the high school building. It was a grand success financially as well as pleasurably. Lafayette Gazette 9/9/1893.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 9/9/1893.
Tuesday was a decidedly disagreeable day with drizzling rain all day, and a chilly atmosphere, was not altogether conducive to one's comfort. It was a day to give one the blues.
Policeman Graser killed a dog Tuesday which was thought to show signs of rabies.
Mr. Z. Doucet is having a galvanized iron roofing put over his store building. Mr. S. Broussard has charge of the work.
A well attended ball was given Wednesday evening in the spacious dining room of the Crescent News Hotel.
Mr. Fred Mouton and family are in St. Martinville, where Mr. Mouton has a contract to build a fine dwelling home.
Mr. J. J. Davidson, the affable railroad agent at this point, and young son, James, leave today for a recreative trip and in their outing will include the World's Fair.
The Scott Dramatic Club gave an enjoyable picnic last Sunday in Zephirin Boudreaux's woods. It was well attended, and the report is general that it was a decided pleasurable success.
A freight train on the Alexandria extension, Thursday, ran over a cow near Opelousas and 7 cars were derailed by the accident. A relief train left here Friday morning for the scene.
The young men of Lafayette will give a grand ball on the 16th instant. The admission for gentlemen is 50 cents, ladies free. The committee are perfecting such arrangements as assures a pleasant evening to all those attending. Lafayette Gazette 9/9/1893.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of September 9th, 1893:
A DIFFERENT VIEW.
MR. EDITOR: In the editorial columns of last week's issue of the Advertiser, you say you want to see an iron fence around the Court house square before all other towns get ahead of us, etc. Now Mr. Editor, with all due respect we beg to differ with you. We do not want to see an iron fence or any other fence around the Court house square.
Now that the stock, by law, must be held under fence, there is nothing to interfere with the grounds. It will not be an ornament to a Court house square, or it would be adopted by the fashionable cities and towns of the day. We would like to see all the old fence torn down and moved away, a good brick wall built around the square, leading to and from the Court house some ornamental trees set out, and the grounds kept nice and clean by prisoners. All this would not cost on quarter as much as an iron fence.
(Signed) J. N.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/9/1893.
Advertiser Responds to Gazette.
The Gazette is a very skillful dodger indeed. In referring to its unwarranted intervention in matters in which it had no concern, we stated the issue plainly. Its utterances of last week, while to some extent impertinent, are in the main an exceedingly poor attempt to smile away that issue, but if its editors choose to adopt that course, there is nothing to prevent them that we know of. Ordinarily, we ourselves prefer the drama or the farce, but if necessary are prepared for any serious turn of affairs, especially where inter-meddlers are concerned. Lafayette Advertiser 9/9/1893.
Good Luck to Mr. Latiolais.
Mr. Claude Latiolais is an applicant for a subordinate position in the Mail service, and The Advertiser hopes he may succeed. It is worthy of mention in this connection that the Creole element of our parish is unrepresented in either the Federal or State service. Mr. Latiolais belongs to one of our best families and is himself a young man well thought of, enjoys a fair condition and is naturally intelligent. He is the son of Dr. F. C. Latiolais of Broussardville, in this parish. Lafayette Advertiser 9/9/1893.
On Sunday last the Dramatic Association of Scott were participant in the woods on Bayou Vermilion, near Mr. Zephirin Boudreaux's place, in a most enjoyable pic-nic. A number of invited guests were present, "one of whom we wish were which," and we hasten to tender our thanks to the membership for a most delightful day. About eighty persons were present and the occasion seemed pleasant for all. Refreshments of all kind were abundant. Several toasts were drunk to the success of the new society. Its membership, by the way is large, and it is proposed at an early day, to make an appearance before the public for the benefit of the Lafayette High School. We can but applaud the members upon the object chosen as the beneficiary of their efforts and to express the hope that they may in all things exercise the same wise direction. Lafayette Advertiser 9/9/1893.
Police Jury Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., Sept. 4, 1893.
The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: Ford Hoffpauir, W. B. Torian, J. G. St. Julien, R. C. Landry, A. D. Landry, H. M. Durke, C. C. Brown, Alf. A. Delhomme.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. By motion of Mr. St. Julien the Jury proceeded to fix the rate of taxation, based upon the following report of the assessor:
BROUSSARD, P. O. La., Sept. 4, 1893.
I Hereby certify that for the year 1893, the amounts to valuation of properties for the parish of Lafayette:
N. REAUX, Parish Assessor.
By motion the above statement was accepted and the rate of parish taxation for the fiscal year of 1893-4 was fixed at 10 mills on the dollar distributed in accordance with the budget committee report for that year to-wit:
Several petitions for the repeal of the parish stock law, were laid over indefinitely. By motion it was resolved that the resolutions relative to applications for public road pensions, etc., under date of August 7, 1893, page 248, be and the same is hereby amended, that the signatures required for such petitions shall be those of resident taxpayers numbering not less than fifteen.
On motion it was resolved that the limitation of age of all persons subject to road duty be and is hereby fixed the same as provided in the State law, to-wit: from the age of 15 years to 50 years. And all ordinances and resolutions of the Police Jury in conflict with the provisions of this act, be and the same are hereby repealed and rescinded.
By motion the president of this body was authorized to request the clerk of the district court to furnish the amount of costs in the contested election case, and that the sheriff and tax collector be instructed to collect same.
Messrs. Julian Mouton and J. S. Whittington appeared before the body in behalf of the public school interests, and requested aid for the Lafayette High School and the public schools of the parish generally. Assurance was given the gentlemen that the Police Jury would endeavor to assist the school authorities to its utmost ability.
By motion it was resolved that, the Police Jury will join the city council of Lafayette in making good any deficit in the amount sought to be raised for the purpose of furnishing the high school building.
The committee appointed to examine into the titles of public roads submitted a report which was read and laid over.
Messrs. Durke, R. C. Landry and St. Julien were authorized to purchase a car load of lumber for the repair of bridges in their respective wards.
Mr. Hoffpauir was authorized to purchase a car load of lumber for the second ward.
The petition of Catherine Spell for aid was laid over.
A petition from the citizens of the 2d ward asking for a change of the public road connecting the Duson and Scott roads was read and on motion the following jury of freeholders was appointed to trace and lay out the said road in accordance with the prayer of petitioners: J. W. Broussard, Burton Smith, Hynes Hoffpauir, Israel Prejean, Vileor Vallot, Horace Broussard.
Mr. Delhomme was authorized to purchase lumber for the erection of a bridge in the 1st ward.
The following accounts were approved:
O. C. & J. Mouton, atty's fees ... $150.00
H. Billaud, feeding prisoners ... $98.08
There being no further business the Police Jury adjourned.
FORD HOFFPAUIR, President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/9/1893.
School Board Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., Sept. 4, 1893.
Pursuant to call the Board of School Directors of the Parish of Lafayette met this day with the following members present: Julian Mouton, president; H. Theall, D. Bernard, Dr. W. W. Lessley, A. C. Guilbeau, J. G. Broussard and J. S. Whittington. Absent: Jasper Spell.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.
On motion of Mr. J. O. Broussard, seconded by Mr. J. S. Whittington it was resolved that the resolution fixing the salary of the teachers shall take effect from September 1, 1893.
The examining committee submitted the following report which was accepted:
Lafayette, La., Sept. 4, 1893.
To the Honorable President and Members of the School Board.
This is to certify that an examination held before Superintendent H. E. Toll, Miss Hattie Davis made the following percentage in the different branches required to be taught in the public schools of Lafayette Parish, as will more fully appear from the examination papers submitted and on file to-wit: Arithmetic 95 per cent, history 87 per cent, grammar 92 per cent, geography 85 per cent, orthography 90 per cent, physiology 87, making a general average of 89 per cent, and is therefore entitled to a second grade certificate, and that at an examination held before Superintendent H. E. Toll, Mr. Gilbert St. Julien made the following percentage in the different branches required to be taught in the public schools of this parish, as will more fully appear from examination papers submitted and on file to-wit: arithmetic 100 per cent, geography 42 per cent, history, 60 per cent, grammar 57 general average of 67 per cent, and is therefore entitled to a third grade certificate.
H. C. WALLIS, H. D. GUIDRY, Committee.
The trustees of the Carencro school submitted their report of the Carencro school, which was read and ordered filed.
On motion of Mr. J. O. Broussard duly seconded the sum of $10.50 was ordered to be paid to the trustees of the Carencro school for a well for said school.
On motion duly made the president and Mr. J. S. Whittington were appointed as a committee to wait on the Police Jury and Town Council of Lafayette to ascertain what amount of money they would appropriate to assist in paying a principal and assistant (if necessary) for the Lafayette High School, and to request the Police Jury to assist the schools of the parish generally.
On motion of Mr. J. S. Whittington seconded by Mr. A. C. Guilbeau the sum of $150 was appropriated from the fourth ward to be used towards the improvements of the school houses in said ward, and that the president is hereby authorized to draw the same when required.
A petition was received asking that W. H. Williams, Jr., be appointed as a teacher of the Lafayette colored school in place of Paul Breaux, but as there are no complaints made against Paul Breaux as teacher of said school, said petition could not be entertained, but should said petitioners desire the removal of Paul Breaux, any charges preferred against him will be duly considered.
On motion of Mr. D. Bernard, Miss F. Greig was assigned as teacher of the Broussardville school.
The Board then adjourned.
JULIAN MOUTON, President.
H. E. TOLL, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 9/9/1893.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 9/9/1893.
Mr. Alfred Chargois left last Monday for Crowley, to accept a position in the store of Mr. Joseph H. Fabacher.
Mr. Jean Vigneaux has had a large hay house erected for the storage of the hay he has grown for his livery stable.
Mr. and Mrs. John O. Mouton and Crow Girard and Leo Judice left Wednesday for the World's Fair.
On the 14th of this month will take place the wedding of Miss Louise Lacoste to Mr. Ernest L. Mouisset. The ceremony will be at 5 o'clock in the Catholic St. John Church. Lafayette Advertiser 9/9/1893.
WORLD'S FAIR SIDE-SHOWS.
The Wonderful Villages of the Midway Plaisance.
Nothing seems to afford the average sight-seer at the fair more genuine pleasure than a trip through that widely famous thoroughfare, the Midway Plaisance. One can hardly stir abroad in these piping times of pleasure in our world's fair city, be it afoot or by conveyance, without hearing on every hand scraps of conversation relating to the wonders of its many attractions. The "Playzaunce" is upon every tongue, and deplorable indeed is the condition of the person who has not paid it a visit and become acquainted with its mosques, theatres, panoramas, villages, etc. Even the gamin on the downtown street corner can direct you to the several abodes of the Turks, Javanese. Dahhomeyans or any of the strange races, and he regards with a commiserating air the poor unfortunate frater who has not "done" the "whole blooming show" from one end to the other.
The exposition proper must needs first claim the attention of the visitor, and until he was viewed the wonders o'er contained in the great white buildings, and made himself familiar with the multitudinous wonders of the arts, manufacturers and other departments, he cannot conscientiously say he has seen the fair, but if he departs without having turned his steps westward through that wonderful avenue of mysteries and dropped in on the queer people of all lands, he will find himself sadly deficient in information when his friends in his distant home inquire about the sights of the Plaisance of which they have read so much.
While embraced in the general plan of the fair and considered part and parcel thereof, the enterprises of the Plaisance are private, and partake somewhat of the nature of side-shows. Each one as a fixed price of admission, which of itself is but a mere trifle, but when once within the gates the cost of entering is apt to be largely increased if a check is not placed upon one's appetite for viands and drinks of all kinds, and if this desire to possess the curious and beautiful souvenirs on sale is not promptly returned.
The first thing that strikes the eye on the left on entering the Plaisance from the fair ground in the picturesque Blarney castle and its surrounding cottages, which compose the interesting Irish industrial exhibit, presided over by Lady Aberdeen. This is the only enterprise in the Midway Plaisance not operated and promoted for private gain. The profits accruing from this exhibit go into a fund created for the purpose of making the people of Ireland self-sustaining and for removing the taint of poverty from the Emerald isle. It is a worthy enterprise, and presents some very interesting and entertaining features among them being the celebrated Blarney stone, which is set in an exact reproduction of the historic castle.
The entrance to the village is a gem of early Celtic architecture, bearing over the portal of the words: "Cead Mile Failte," which translated, bids the visitor a hundred thousand welcomes. Once within the mimic city, the stranger finds much to instruct and amuse. Here the process of dairying, lace-making and other Irish industries are faithfully represented, and the time may be pleasantly passed in listening to genuine Irish songs, dances, etc.
The funds to sustain this enterprise were subscribed by people of every political and religious faith in Ireland and by public-spirited citizens of this country. There is another Irish village in the Plaisance, on the right-hand side further west, which offers many features of interest, but the one that has the Blarney stone must, and very naturally, attract the most attention.
A little further along the Plaisance, on the right-hand side going west, there is the Javanese village, of which so much has been said and written. Without going into a detailed account of its many queer features, we can but say that it is well worth the price asked to pass through this strange community. The people themselves are the greatest curiosities of this remarkable exhibit. Their homes, mode of living and many curios from the land of the Malay offer ample interest for an hour's visit, but when the visitor leaves their gates he does so with an impression that there is a race that cannot well lay claim to being anything like clean in their habits.
A little further along are the German villages, "Old Vienna" on the left and the German village proper on the right, in either of which there is much to be seen and heard that will afford the visitor a profitable hour's pause. Aside from the beer and music, which are indispensable adjuncts to most all German entertainments, there is much to please and instruct in the various productions of art and industrial skill. The concerts in themselves are always a great attraction for lovers of martial music, and great crowds of Germans are constantly drawn to the daily concerts in these villages. In the immediate neighborhood of the German villages are the Turkish mosques and bazars in which are faithfully portrayed the different phases of life in the oriental cities. Regularly every day, at stated intervals of about two hours, may be heard the plaintive wail of the muezzin who from his lofty perch on the mosque calls his brethren to prayer.
Not a word of the invocation is distinguishable; the chant is simply a long, somewhat melodious and plaintively quavering intonation. It would not become a professional muezzin to chant otherwise. He continues on this strain for several minutes - long enough for a wonderfully cosmopolitan crowd to collect; and as usual it is an Irishman who volunteers the first criticism of the performance.
"Begorra, me fadder on the ould sod once had a baste of a donkey wid a vice intoirely loike thot chap!"
Meantime the Moslems have heard, and here and there in the alleys of the village red fezzes may be seen, bowing to the ground. To be in food and proper form, a Moslem should kneel and bow to the southeast - in the direction of Mecca. But the poor fellows appear to be a good dead "turned around" in Chicag0, and are bowing to all points of the compass.
Further along are the villages of the Indians and Dahomeyans, the latter being among the most attractive features in the Plasance. The village recalls, to use the words of John C. Eastman, in an article in the Chautauquan, the stories of Stanley, Livingstone, and Paul du Chaillu. It is enclosed by a fence made of bark and with a platform running along the top and the entire distance of the Midway front. There are also signal towers near the entrance and into these thatched boxes black and savage sentinels are to be seem every day dancing madly when they are not singing and shaking long loops of goats' hoofs. There is no doubt that the Dahomeyans are more closely allied with the cruel and superstitious practices of savagery than any other country represented in Midway. The women are as fierce if not fiercer than the men and all of them have to be watched day and night for fear they may use their spears for other purposes than a barbaric embellishment of their dances.
These make up a great part of the list of attractions of Midway Plaisance, without which the world's fair would be incomplete, inasmuch as they afford the people of the western world an opportunity of studying the lives and habits of those far-off races with which they have been acquainted through report only.
Special Chicago Correspondence published in the Lafayette Gazette 9/9/1893.