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From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 1st, 1905:


 Pastor of St. John's Catholic Church, Passes Away Monday, After Serving This Parish Twenty-five Years.  Well Known Throughout the State and Greatly Esteemed by the Catholic Clergy and by His Parishioners. Services to Be Held Friday.  

 Very Reverend Father Forge, pastor of St. John's Catholic Church, died at the Presbytery at 10 p. m., Monday Oct 30. 

 Father Forge had been in ill health for a long time, and recently became so seriously ill that his death was seen to be inevitable. He was tenderly  and assiduously cared for during his sickness by warm friends --laymen of the town and clergymen from the neighboring parishes, many of whom were present during his last moments.

 Father Forge was well-known and highly esteemed throughout Southwest Louisiana. He was of a most social disposition and his open house and kindly hospitality were often enjoyed by his friends both among laity and the clergy. He was greatly beloved in Lafayette where he has labored in the Lord's vineyard for twenty-five years. It was on Palm Sunday, 1881, as many can recall to their minds, that he came from Breaux Bridge to Lafayette, where he has ever since been pastor of St. John's Catholic Church.

 Not long ago Archbishop Chappelle promoted Father Forge to the dignity of a canon of his cathedral, New Orleans, and a beautiful ceremony was planned for the occasion when the investiture of that dignity was to be conferred upon him. Confreres from every part of Louisiana were to attend this ceremony, and dignitaries of the church had not been slow in accepting the invitation extended to them to honor with their presence this ceremony of investiture. All seemed to understand that the ceremony meant recognition of merit. But when least expected Archbishop Chappelle died, a victim of yellow fever, after an extended trip of confirmation through the Louisiana parishes, and the ceremony had to be postponed. But it was the wish of many, that the investiture take place, and though it could not be with the same splendor, yet, it was agreed the ceremony be performed. The time was appointed when quarantine would be raised everywhere, then the priests could come and in their presence Father Forge was to put on the insignia of his new dignity.

 But "man proposes and God disposes." For his labors in this parish it was deemed just and fit that Father Forge should be rewarded with a public recognition. God thought otherwise and called him unto himself to receive reward which his long service merited.

 Father Forge was born in Loire, France, in 1837. He received his education in Gascony, France; when 19 years of age, he came over to this country. He studied at Spring Hill College where he completed his theological course. He was ordained by Bishop Martin, of Natchitoches. He was appointed president of Natchitoches College, which place he filled acceptably for a few years, and he also labored for some time as a missionary in that section. He next served as assistant priest in New Orleans one year where he was appointed parish priest of St. Bernard. He also served at Ville Platte, then Breaux Bridge and last at Lafayette where he has spent the twenty-five years as pastor of St. John's Church. Father Forge was 68 years, 6 months and 25 days of age at the time of his death.

 Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 3, at 9 a. m.

 Reverend Father A. Charles extends his thanks to the Catholic laymen of Lafayette for their much appreciated help, having come in so great numbers to watch over their pastor at night: Messrs. Vavasseur Mouton, Julien Mouton, Gus Lacoste and Alex Delahoussaye have been prominent in this work. Also, that Dr. Trahan could not be too much thanked for his thorough gentlemanliness to his patient and fatherly care bestowed on him. Father Langlinais and Father Bollard, too, lavished incessant care on Father Forge, greatly assisting Father Charles who had his hands full with his parish work, which seldom at any time of the year is so great at this season.   
Lafayette Advertiser 11/1/1905.

Southern Pacific Thursday Put On an Additional Passenger Train. 

 Thursday the Southern Pacific increased its passenger service by adding a special train east and west daily - east bound to arrive at Lafayette 7:45 a. m., and leave at 8:05 a. m. The west bound to arrive at 1:20 p. m., and leave at 1:40 p. m. The additional service is greatly appreciated by the public and it is hoped that very soon the Southern Pacific will be able to resume the schedules in effect before quarantine. Lafayette Advertiser 11/1/1905.  


Busy Day. - Deputy Sheriff Broussard reports last Sunday as one of his busy days. Eight gathered in, but all for minor offenses; among the lot being three boys for stealing sugar cane off the cars.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/1/1905.

Good Work. - Chief A. E. Chargois and Nightwatchman Albert Trahan did some quick work Wednesday night that place Frank Dietz, a white man about 45 years of age, in jail. Ophney Duhon left a grip in the waiting room at the depot, but returning after a little stroll, discovered that the grip had disappeared. He made complaint to the the officers above mentioned who promptly connected Dietz, who had been around the depot, with the case. A few inquiries and they ascertained that he had gone to a saloon, emptied the contents of the gripo in his trunk and had thrown the grip away. Dietz was in custody and had confessed, and grip restored to its owner in 15 minutes after the complaint was made - Good Work . Lafayette Advertiser 11/1/1905.                                                       

A Runaway Match. -  Thursday morning quite a ripple of excitement passed over the town as the news passed that a runaway match had occurred the night previous. Mr. George Shows and Miss Edith May McClellan, the charming daughter of Mrs. W. R. Johnston, were the principals. Parental objection was evaded with the assistance of some friends who aided in lowering the bride-to-be from a second story window. A quick drive to the home of Rev. J. I. Kendrick, the Baptist minister, who promptly performed the marriage ceremony, and the couple was one. The happy bride and groom then proceeded to the home of the groom's father, Mr. W. J. Shows, where an informal reception was held and many friends assembled to extend congratulations.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/1/1905. 

INDUSTRIAL INSTITUTE.                                                               

Fifth Annual Session Opens Today With Favorable Prospects.                                                                

 Teachers Have Returned - Many Students Arriving.                                             

 Today the Industrial Institute completes four years of its work and begins on the fifth. The long delay of six weeks in opening, occasioned by the existence of yellow fever and quarantines in the State, is at length at an end, and teachers and students glad to return and resume their school work. Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Foules, matrons of the two dormitories, returned last Friday and have been getting everything in readiness for the reception of the teachers and students into the dormitories and at the "St. Charles Hotel." On Saturday, Prof. and Mrs. T. H. Elson arrived from Nebraska and took their quarters in the boys' dormitory. Prof. Elson is to take charge of the department of science and be commandant of cadets, in place of Prof. Gayle. Miss Linda E. Hall, of Ann Arbor, Mich., arrived Sunday and is at the dormitory annex. She will teach geography and drawing, the work formerly done by Miss Bowers. Misses Dupre and McLaurin returned Sunday also and are at the dormitory for young ladies. Students are now arriving on every train and it looks as is there will be a large attendance today at the opening. No public exercises will be held in celebration of the opening of the session until after the regular program of the school has been fully settled and begun - though, of course the public is always welcome to be present and on at any of the exercises of the school, and there will naturally be a large number of parents and patrons on hand to see about the proper entrance of their children. The faculty remains the same as during last year, with the exception of Prof. Gayle, Miss Bowers, and Mr. Hulse.   Lafayette Advertiser 11/1/1905


More Money for Good Roads. - New subscriptions are being added for stock in the Citizens Road-building Association and the amount ought to reach $3000 within the next few days. The Association will call on its subscribers only for the money actually needed to carry on the work properly, and it is hoped that it will not be necessary to call for more than 50 per cent of the amount subscribed. Next week we will publish a complete list of the names of all the subscribers to the fund. 
Lafayette Advertiser 11/1/1905.                                                                                   

 The Most Equitable Way.

 The people of Lafayette will soon be called upon to provide money to pay for the right of way of the Baton Rouge-Lafayette railroad; how shall funds be secured? Evidently the fairest and most equitable way would be to vote a tax, since where all are benefited, all should help.

 In what way will all be benefited? First, all will be benefited because the building of the railroad will add largely to the taxable values of the town thus materially increasing its revenues. Besides, we must not lose sight of the fact that the taxes paid by the railroad will in the course of a few years pay back the amount given them by the tax voted, and thereafter all taxes they may pay , will be in the nature of a clear gain to the town.

 Second, every owner of property will find that his property has been augmented in value by the building of the road, and that to a much greater extent than the small amount he will need to pay as his part of the tax, and for that reason every property owner should willingly contribute his share towards the expense of getting the road.

 Why will property values be augmented? First, because, the building of the road will increase the population creating a larger demand for homes; and second, because an increased pay roll will make more business. The substantiality of a town depends upon its business activity, which therefore, acts as a thermometer of property values, and whatever industry or acquisition a town obtains that adds to the volume of its business, consequently adds to its property values.

 Wherefore, since all will be benefited by the building of the road the just and equitable way to pay for the right of way is by a tax which will bear proportionately on all, and we believe that the value of the road to the town is so well appreciated that no difficulty will be experienced in voting the tax.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/1/1905.

Mouton - Bailey

An interesting social event of the week was the marriage Thursday of Miss Elizabeth Bailey, the charming daughter of Mrs. W. B. Bailey, and Mr. Jerome Mouton, a popular young lawyer, who belongs to a prominent and widely connected family in this section of the State. At the hour set for the wedding a large number of friends had assembled at the church to greet the bridal party. The bride beautifully gowned in white swiss over china silk and carrying a bouquet of roses and ferns, entered leaning on the arm of her brother-in-law, Mr. A. J. Roy, while the wedding march was played. She was preceded by her sister, Miss May Bailey, the maid of honor who was becoming dressed in white silk trimmed with lace. She carried a bouquet of pink roses.

 The groom and his best man Mr. Charles Debaillon, met the party at the altar. At the conclusion of the marriage service which was impressively performed by Father Charles, Mrs. J. R. Domengeaux, and Mr. and Mrs. F. V. Mouton sang a beautiful Ave Maria.

 The bridal party after the ceremony repaired to the home of the bride's mother, where members of the two families gathered to congratulate the young couple. Mr. and Mrs. Mouton are now at home in their handsome new cottage on Main street, near Johnston avenue. Lafayette Advertiser 11/1/1905.

Neibert - Young.

 Last Wednesday Miss Viola Young, a charming and popular young lady of this city, was married at the home of her mother, Mrs. Geo. Babcock. The fortunate groom was Mr. Raymond Neibert, a young business man from Cincinatti. The house was beautifully decorated for the occasion, but the wedding was very quiet, only the immediate family and a few intimate friends being present, Father Charles performed the ceremony.

 The happy couple left on the afternoon train for Cincinatti, which will be their future home, and with them went the best wishes of a large number of friends for their future happiness.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/1/1905.

A Delightful Trip. - A jolly crowd of young people gathered Monday night at the residence of Dr. and Mrs. F. R. Tolson to enjoy a trip to the refinery. After going over the entire refinery the young people gathered outside on a big pile of lumber and had a good time eating sugar cane, candy and cakes which the young men thoughtfully carried along. The crowd returned to Dr. Tolson's and after having a delightful music until a late hour the crowd broke up, and will long remember the trip to the refinery as a most happy occasion. Those fortunate enough to be in attendance were: Mr. Ashton Beraud, Miss Lucile Mouton, Mr. Ambroise Marshall, Miss Julia Tolson, Mr. Harold Demanade, Miss Clara Harper, Mr. Fred Voorhies, Miss Maxim Beraud, Mr. Lorne Nickerson, Miss Challie Tolson, Mr. Willis Roy, Miss Rena Hopkins, Mr. Tom Tolson, Miss Amy Young, Mr. and Mrs. Ashby Woodson, Mmes. Tolson and Young. Lafayette Advertiser 11/1/1905.

Launch Trip. - Capt. Louis Levet of the launch "Lafayette" entertained the Michel Club to a complimentary ride to Hunter's canal Sunday the 29th. The boys were fully prepared for the trip and enjoyed a most pleasant day. The members present were: Joe E. Mouton, Phillip Mouton, Tom, George and Dan Debaillon, J. R. Domengeaux, S. R. Parkerson, B. J. Pellerin, Albert Robichaux, Felix H. Mouton, A. J. Leblanc and Mike Crouchet.
Lafayette Advertisers 11/1/1905.


The Cane Crop.
[La. Planter & Sugar Manufacturer.]

 The campaign has now been fairly started throughout the sugar district and the yield of the canes in sugar is scarcely as bad as was feared immediately after the rainy and warm weather of the middle of October. The dry and cool weather which we have enjoyed recently has been beneficial and the cane is now improving in saccharine matter and it can be expected to yield better right along. Were it not for the low prices of sugar, the general situation throughout the sugar district would be called a favorable and encouraging one.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/1/1905.


By Parish Against all Points Except Patterson, But Certificates Required.

 Lafayette, La., Oct. 7th, 1905 - The Police Jury and Parish Board of Health met this day in joint session with the following members present: For the Jury; J. A. Begnaud, M. Billeaud, Jr., Albert Theall, C. Spell, J. H. Connolly, P. R. Landry, and Velery Boudreaux; absent; J. E. Mouton and L. G. Breaux. For the Board of Health; Dr. G. R. DeLaureal, Presiding, M. Billeaud, Jr., and C. Spell.

 Moved and seconded that the following resolution be adopted.

 Resolved that quarantine in and for the Parish of Lafayette be raised against all points except Patterson and such other points which may become unsafe, to take effect this day at 6 p. m.

 Provided that persons coming from infected localities possess certificates from authorized Boards of Health certifying that the persons are not from an infected block for six days previous.

 Be it further resolved that hereafter in case of emergency the Board of Health be empowered to establish or raise quarantine, put on guards, and do what in their judgment they deem necessary under such circumstances and if conditions are of a serious nature, to as soon as possible there after call a meeting of the Police Jury to pass upon their action. Carried.

 There being no further business motion to adjourn prevailed.
            FELIX H. MOUTON, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/1/1905.

 At the "Brand New Jefferson..."

 To those who will be fortunate enough to attend the performance of "Richelieu," Joseph De Grasse's latest success, at the Jefferson Theatre on Thursday, Nov.  2, a dramatic treat is promised. 

 His portrayal of this noble character will rank the co-equal with any of the creations of the classic drama. He presents a character study of great originality. The plot of the play possesses wonderful possibilities for strong contrasts thrilling situations and powerful climaxes. In the way of scenery and properties, the strictest attention to every detail has been given. Mr. Dr Grasse is surrounded by an excellent cast of representative players. The Press Agent.

Lafayette Advertiser 11/1/1905.

Richelieu. - This attraction is underlined for appearance in this city at the Jefferson for an engagement of but one night, Thursday Nov. 2, with that sterling and truly artistic player. Mr. Joseph De Grasse, in the title role. The play is one of a massive scenic investiture and the playgoers of this city will have an opportunity of seeing a most sumptuous production of Sir Bulwer Lyton's masterpiece, interspersed by one of the most evenly balanced companies ever sent on tour. Lafayette Advertiser 11/1/1905.     

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 11/1/1905.

 Dr. E. L. Stephens attended the demonstration in New Orleans in honor of the visit of President Roosevelt.

Bids Wanted. - Bids will be accepted for ten days after publication to tear down and rebuild the bridge over Coulee Mine on the road between Scott and Lafayette, and to remove dirt under bridge. Right to reject any and all bids reserved. VALERY BOUDREAUX. Member Police Jury Third Ward.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/1/1905.  

Mrs. R. M. DeLaney and Mrs. O. B. Hopkins and little Bessie left Friday for Greenville, Tex. Mrs. DeLaney after being quarantined here since July, returns home, and Mrs. Hopkins goes to pay a visit to her parents.

Mrs. J. Nickerson and grandson, Clarence Darling, left for Houston, Saturday to spend two weeks with her daughter, Mrs. C. K. Darling.

 Dr. F. Mayer, of Scott, came over on the train yesterday morning and spent the day in town.

 Missed (Edith) Dupre and McLaurin, both teachers at the Industrial, arrived Saturday.

 Lost. - A small square-shaped gold locket. Finder will please return to The Advertiser office and receive a reward.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/1/1905.

 From the Lafayette Gazette of November 1st, 1902:


On next Tuesday, Nov. 4, the white men of this parish will be called upon to vote for a congressman and railroad commissioner and for the rejection or adoption of several constitutional amendments. Democrats should not keep away from the polls because the Democratic candidates are sure to be elected. Mr. R. F. Broussard, the candidate for Congress, and Mr. Overton Cade, the candidate for railroad commissioner, are not only entitled to the vote of every Democrat, but we are confident they will get it. The fact that Mr. Broussard has no serious opposition and that Mr. Cade has no opposition at all should cause no good Democrat to refrain from voting. We believe that under any and all circumstances it is the duty of the citizen to vote.
Lafayette Gazette 11/1/1902. 


Homing Pigeon Takes 18 Days from Texarkana to Lafayette.

 Man Tanner, who is a great lover of birds, was made happy the other day by the arrival of one of his favorite pigeons which had been away from home since nearly a month. He has been in the habit of sending homing pigeons to Opelousas, New Iberia and Alexandria, and excepting once or twice they made the trip home in a short time. On the first of October he sent one of his most valuable birds to Texarkana to be liberated there and given a chance to find its way home. On the 4th of October Mr. Tanner received a telegram from G. J. Bickley stating that the pigeon had been given its freedom and was no doubt flying toward its Louisiana home. Ordinarily the distance between Texarkana and Lafayette can be covered by a swift bird in a few hours, but several days passed and the feathery tourist did not show up. After a couple of weeks had come and gone Mr. Tanner began to think that his favorite bird had either lost its way or decided to seek a more congenial home. But this species of pigeons are great home-lovers and this one must have been particularly fond of the parental roof, on for the 21st of October, after having been eighteen days on the trip, it turned up sound and healthy, looking none the worse for its long journey.
Lafayette Gazette 11/1/1902.

The Lafayette Refinery. - The large plant of the Lafayette Sugar Refining Company has been in operation several days. A number of improvements have been made to the mill and it is now better equipped than ever to handle a big crop. Among the improvements is an invention to load the carrier which expedites the work and saves much labor. The cane contains an unusually large percentage of saccharine which in a measure will make up for the short yield.
Lafayette Gazette 11/1/1902.

Foot-ball To-day. - The Industrial Institute foot-ball team plays the eleven from the Lake Charles High School this afternoon at 4 o'clock. This promises to be one of the best games that will be played in this town this season. Seats will be provided for everybody. Admission, 50 cents. Lafayette Gazette 11/1/1902.

Races at the Park. - A match race will be run Sunday on the track of the Surrey Park Association. The following horses have been entered for the race. May D and May s, owned by Dr. Girard; Hannen, owned by Alphe Fontelieu and Crazy Q by Alfred Lasalle. These are among the fastest horses in this section of the State and the race will no doubt be very interesting. The race will take place at 1 o'clock. Music will be furnished by the Sontag Band. Lafayette Gazette 11/1/1902. 

Held Up a Passenger. - Ed Ladner was arrested Wednesday night charged with attempting to hold up a passenger who was going through on the west-bound train. It is alleged that Ladner pulled a passenger off a platform of the west-bound train and knocked him down and tried to rob him. Persons around the depot at the time caught Ladner, who was pointed out as the culprit, and turned him over to Marshal Peck. On Ladner's person was found a watch with the following inscription:  "Cylina Barker, Crowley.  G. N. J. R. S. P. R. R." Ladner protests his innocence. He says he is not the man who tried to rob the passenger. Lafayette Gazette 11/1/1902. 

Should go to Work. - There ought to be some way to compel the idle negroes in this town to go to  work. Farmers are complaining that they are unable to find laborers to work in their fields while there are many negro loafers in this town who have no visible means of support. The idlers should be made to quit town or go to work. It may not be possible to reach them all, but we believe some effort on the part of the municipal authorities will lessen the number of these vagrants. Cane planters have told us that though the many negroes in this town without employment it is a rare thing to meet with one who is willing to work, They admit that they don't work, but do not hesitate that they don't intend to work.   Lafayette Gazette 11/1/1902.

Fell From a Horse. - Walter Mouton fell from a horse last Saturday near the court-house and sustained rather serious injuries. His horse was frightened by dogs and threw him to the ground. He was taken to his home where he lay unconscious several hours. He is better, though still suffering from the injuries. Lafayette Gazette 11/1/1902.

License Not High. - Some people are under the impression that the shows have not exhibited here this fall on account of an excessive municipal license. This is a mistake. The license on shows was reduced by the Council about a year ago. There is a graduated license, the maximum rate of which is $100. Lafayette Gazette 11/1/1902.

Digging Well Near Roundhouse. - Last Saturday Justice Israel Falk commenced to dig a well upon his lot fronting the railroad near the roundhouse. After reaching a depth of about four or five feet oil was discovered to accumulate on the surface of the seeping water, and proves to be coal oil. The character and value of the discovery is now being investigated, and as yet we cannot express a well founded opinion in the matter. If it proves to be a rich find we heartily congratulate the Judge, and wish him success.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/1/1890.


Begins the Season Under Favorable Auspices - The Result of Intelligent Work.

 The writer had occasion to visit the Billeaud Refinery last Tuesday. The refinery has been in operation several days and, from the first day, has been running without interruption. The Messrs. Billeaud are practical sugar men, and are always prepared to meet the exigencies of the grinding season. They learned in the great school of experience everything that pertains to sugar making from the time the seed is placed into the ground to the period when the manufactured product is shipped to market. When it is considered that these men have added to that practical knowledge gained alone from work the advantages derived from scientific effort and modern inventions their great success in the culture of cane and the manufacturer of sugar is not at all surprising. A close attention to every branch of the business in field and factory and a common sense application of the methods recommended by science have, in this case, been productive of the best results. When Mr. Billeaud, the elder, built his little sugar-house sugar manufacturing was in its incipiency in this State. It is true that the industry was not, strictly speaking, a new one, but it had not yet entered upon the period of wonderful development of the last two decades. The growth of Mr. Billeaud's enterprise, from the modest open-kettle mill of many years ago to the magnificent plant of the present day, affords a splendid illustration of the evolution of sugar-making in this State since the war.

 An article on the success of the Messrs. Billeaud would be incomplete if no reference was from it. No one can fail to observe evidences of the prosperity directly traceable to the Billeaud refinery. The handsome dwellings which dot the hills of the Cote Gelee section are substantial indications that this refinery has not only rewarded the efforts of the owners, but that it has brought contentment to the homes of many farmers who have taken advantage of the favorable conditions to grow cane. It is safe to say that no other industry in this parish has been a greater wealth-producer. Surely nothing has given more value to land. It has no doubt been a potent factor in the industrial growth of this parish. Lafayette Gazette 11/1/1905.

J. Williams Macy.

 Next Thursday evening the second number of the Institute Lyceum Course will be rendered. This will consist in a humorous entertainment with character sketches by Mr. J. Williams Macy. Mr. Macy's character representations are of a very superior order and never fail to please. He is an artist in his special line. Some Kentucky colonel has remarked that "Macy is seven shows under one tent," and according to another gentleman Mr. Macy is a man of wonderful versatility." The New York World says: "Mr. Macy's humorous recitals are excruciatingly funny, while his pathetic selections bring tears to the eyes of the most phlegmatic."

 Mr. Macy has appeared 316 times in New York City, 340 times in Brooklyn, 75 times in Jersey City, 62 times in Philadelphia, and hundreds of times in other places.

 Besides being a humorist, Mr. Macy has a wide reputation  as a buffo basso. His songs are always well received. In his entertainment next Thursday evening he will present several of his most popular songs. Lafayette Gazette 11/1/1902.


Selected News Notes (Gazette) 11/1/1902.

 Miss  Edith Dupre went to Opelousas Wednesday to be present at the celebration of the golden wedding of her grandparents, Capt. and Mrs. Henry L. Garland.

 The Sontag Brass Band will give a concert and ball at Falk's hall, on Friday, Nov. 21. A great treat is in store for the lovers of music as the band will present an entirely new repertoire. The ball will take place after the concert.

 J. M. Lee, agent for the Morgan road, was in Lafayette this week for the purpose of selecting sites to drill for oil on the property of the Lafayette Mineral Company. Mr. Lee was accompanied by Mr. Kennedy, a geologist in the employ of the railroad company.

 Luther Manship's lecture at the Industrial Institute last Thursday night was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience. Mr. Manship is an entertainer of much ability. He is a fine speaker; his jokes are good, his humor is natural and his delivery is pleasing.

 The advertisement of Mr. R. H. Broussard appears in this paper. Mr. Broussard has recently opened a store in Main street near the court-house. He has a fresh stock of dry goods and groceries. He will answer promptly all calls by phone and will deliver goods anywhere in town.

 Mr. Julian Tanner, a well-known young man of this town, and Miss Ida Villere, a popular and accomplished young lady of Carencro, were married last Wednesday. The marriage took place in the Catholic church in Carencro.
Lafayette Gazette 11/1/1902.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 1st, 1890:


The following petition:
To the Hon. Mayor and members of the City Council of Lafayette;  

 Gentlemen. - We the undersigned citizens and property holders, residents of Washington Street, beg leave to make the following request and proposition to your honorable body.

 In view of the necessity of a plank walk on above said street, we would ask that you make such appropriation as may be necessary to procure the lumber for the construction of the "usual style and make" of a plank walk, starting from the corner of Vermilion and Washington Streets up to the Methodist Church, and for the completion of which we obligate ourselves to see the work properly done and provide such other material as may be necessary. All of which, we respectfully submit to your consideration.

 And on motion, the sum of one hundred dollars was appropriated to aid in building the walk therein described.

 Also in this edition of the Advertiser we find the City Council dealing with the problem of people playing "craps." The following ordinance was adopted:


 AN ORDINANCE  to prohibit the playing of Craps within the corporate limits of the town of Lafayette, and providing a penalty for the violation thereof.

 Whereas, the playing of craps within the corporate limits of Lafayette is a nuisance and dangerous to peace and good order of said town, thereof.

 Be it ordained by the City Council of the town of Lafayette that the playing of craps within the corporate limits of said town is hereby declared to be unlawful, and prohibited within said limits; and whoever engage in playing said game or permit the same to be played upon their premises, within the corporate limits of said town, shall each be subject to a fine of not less than ten or more than fifty dollars; and in default of payment said fine shall each be imprisoned not less than five, nor more than ten days, at the discretion of the court.

 All proceedings for the violation of this ordinance shall be instituted by the Constable, in the name of the town, before the Mayor or magistrate of said town.

 Be it also ordained, that whenever the Constable shall find any persons engaged in playing said game, he shall forthwith take them into custody, make affidavit against them and proceed to the enforcement of the penalties imposed.

 Be it further ordained, than whenever the Constable has good reason to believe that said game is being played within any house in the corporate limits of said town, it shall be and is hereby made his duty to forthwith obtain a warrant from the Mayor or from the magistrate of the town for the arrest of the owner, occupant or lessee, together with all parties engaged in playing therein, into his custody and proceed against them according to law for the enforcement of the fines and penalties herein imposed.

 Be it further ordained, that all ordinances or part of ordinances in conflict herewith be and are hereby repealed, and that this ordinance take effect ten days from and after its first publication in the official journal of said town.


Separate Accommodations.

One of our intelligent and observant citizens, whose business compels him to frequent travel on the railroads of our State, hands us the following:

 "Having noticed some comments by the country press on the manner of executing the recent law with reference to separate accommodation for white and colored passengers by our railroad officials on their trains. I have taken the interest in and trouble to investigate this matter, and confess, as I think all fair minded parties will, when properly brought to their notice and duly considered, that the providing of equal and the same accommodation to all passengers, and separating them by curtains, as is done on the Southern Pacific Company trains, is far better than providing separate coaches, as this way enables all respectable passengers to travel and occupy first-class cars, while the rough element have a second-class car provided as the first-class coaches, the rougher element thus being separated from the better class; whilst, if separate cars were provided, the rough element (both white and colored) be entitled to enter and occupy the cars so provided, and our wives and children brought in direct contact with this rough element.

 The present mode adopted by the Southern Pacific Company, in my opinion, entirely obviates this objectionable feature of the law. I therefore ask every one to give this matter fair and due consideration, and observe its beneficial working before arguing objections, feeling confident my conclusions will be borne out practically and satisfactorily.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/1/1890.

Trainmen's Ball.

Morgan Lodge No. 317, Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen will give their 2nd grand fancy and calico ball on Saturday the 22nd of November, 1890, at Falk's Opera House, and the committee have sold to Mr. Falk the privilege of the refreshment and supper stands; with the condition that there will be no intoxicating liquor of any kind sold on the premises. Our motto is "Benevolence, Sobriety and Industry," and must be carried out as well as the words. The invitations will be issued as early as possible, and should the committee slight you or your friends by an oversight, please come forward and furnish the names to the commitment, who will gladly furnish you with the invitation. We expect to slight no one knowingly, for we wish to make it a sociable success, that will long be remembered by each and every participant.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/1/1902.   


Lafayette, Oct, 27th, 1890. - Pursuant to a call there was held this day in Falk's Hall a grand Democratic rally in honor of Hon. Andrew Price, candidate of re-election as Congressman from the Third Congressional District.

 The meeting was called to order by Hon. C. C. Brown, chairman of the Parish executive committee, who requested Judge C. Debaillon to preside as temporary chairman of the meeting. Judge Debaillon responding, was greeted with prolonged applause. The speaker expressed his profound appreciation of the honor conferred and paid eloquent tribute to the sterling qualities and indefatigable zeal of Hon. Andrew Price, the distinguished and honored guest.

 Dr. F. J. Mayer, chairman of the Congressional campaign committee reported that the committee, desiring to bury all factional differences and eliminate all minor issue from the campaign, in order to secure the integrity of the party at the coming election had decided upon the following organization for the meeting: Judge Debaillon, Chairman; Vice-presidents Alex Delhomme, Sr., Simeon Begnaud, Bazille Sonnier, L. Whittington, Dr. M. L. Lyons, Ford Hoffpauir, Dr. F. S. Mudd, W. B. Torian, Jules Simon, O. Cade, E. LeBlanc, J. G. St. Julien, A. Olivier, L. St. Julien, A. C. Guilbeau, H. E. Toll, Numa Breaux, Darmas Broussard, J. O. Broussard, R. C. Landry, A. D. Landry, L. G. Breaux, C. Doucet, and R. C. Greig and Crow Girard secretaries.

 On motion, the action of the committee was unanimously ratified.

 Eloquent addresses were delivered by Hons. Thos. J. Shaeffer, C. H. Mouton, Andrew Price and I. D. Moore.

 The terse and forcible denunciation and arraignment of Republican misrule and sectional aggression was received with every demonstration of approval as was Mr. Price's unbiased exposure of the McKinley Bill, the Compound Lard Bill, Force Bill and other recent legislative enactments of Congress designed to benefit the monopolists of the East to the detriment of the great mass of laboring population.

 A committee from Hon. G. Montegut, expressing sympathy with the meeting, was read and received with applause.

 Dr. Mayer, in behalf of the committee on resolutions, reported the following, which were adopted amid unbounded applause:

 In reaffirming our devotion to the time honored doctrines of the Democratic party as enunciated by Thos. Jefferson.

 Be it Resolved, by the people of Lafayette in mass meeting assembled, 1st, That we denounce the part and present methods and conduct of the Republican party, particularly the passage of those measures designed with desperate malignity, to bear heavily on the Southern people and their industries.

 2nd. The Compound Lard Bill, the Census frauds, the outrageous and unparliamentarily course of the Speaker of the House; the McKinley tariff bill which while pretending to satisfy the demand on the part of the laboring millions is designed to bear heavily, and indeed already is doing so on the overtaxed farmers and laboring men in the interest of the manufacturing Barons of the East.

 Be it further Resolved, That we particularly denounce the passage of Force bill which can have but one effect that is to disturb the harmonious relations existing between the two races in Louisiana and bring on a race conflict with all its attendant horrors, a conflict in which one side will be forced to the wall. And be it solemnly.

 Resolved, That the Democracy of Lafayette will uphold the supremacy of our race at all hazards, be the consequences what they may. And finally it was
  Resolved, That we heartily endorse the course of Mr. Price during the past session of Congress, and that we ratify his nomination, and pledge to him the solid, united Democratic vote of this parish.

 The Breaux Bridge Band discoursed inspiring strains, - and the meeting adjourned.
 C. DEBAILLON, Chairman.
 R. C. GREIG, CROW GIRARD, Secretaries.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/1/1890.

Banquet for Andrew Price.

 Monday night a number of our prominent Democrats gave a banquet to the Hon. Andrew Price and party at the popular hostelry of Mrs. M. F. Rigues. It was a most enjoyable affair, and wit and wine flowed freely. One gentleman exerted himself so much on a toast that he has been hoarse ever since. Lafayette Advertiser 11/1/1890. 


Died, near Lafayette, La., on Saturday, October 25, 1890, at 12:30 o'clock a. m., ROSE LOUISE, daughter of Conrad Debaillon and Louise C. Mouton aged 17 and 15 days.

 When youth and beauty and virtue like this fades from human sight it appeals to every heart capable of sorrow and sympathy flows like a pure and free fountain. She was in every conception of the term a sweet girl, with high social standing, a brilliant intellect, and every promise of a happy and useful existence. Her loss "in the heyday and liquid dew of youth" has drawn a mantle of sadness before the happiness of all who were glad when she was with them. But death is inexorable, and must be faced with becoming fortitude, where to witness it is even more harrowing than death itself. The "Koran" beautifully expresses the frailty of human existence when it says:

 "Who knocks at the bridal chamber?
  'Tis Azrael, the angel of death."

 No words can truly or fully express sympathy, but as a beautiful heartfelt tribute and as consolation we offer to her bereaved parents the following beautiful sentiment from the "poet laureate" Tennyson:

 "I hold it true, whatever befall;
     I feel it, when I sorrow most;
       'T is better to have loved and lost
   Than never to have loved at all."
Lafayette Advertiser 11/1/1890.

City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., Oct. 11th, 1890.

 A regular meeting of the City Council of Lafayette was held this day, and there were present W. B. Bailey, Mayor; John O. Mouton, J. G. Parkerson, F. Lombard, A. J. Moss and Pierre Gerac.  Absent: O. J. Sprole and Ed. Pellerin.

 The minutes of the Sept. 1st, were read and approved.

 The committee appointed at last meeting to receive and examine the Corporation tax roll for 1890, reported that they had received, examined and approved said roll and had issued a warrant in payment therefor of $75 to the order of Mr. R. C. Greig. The report was received and the committee discharged.

 On motion, the Collector was instructed to proceed at once to the collection of taxes.

 The Finance Committee submitted the following report, which was approved and ordered spread on the minutes:

 The Hon. Mayor and Members Lafayette Town Council:

 The undersigned, Finance Committee, having examined the report of the Collector, and Books of the Treasurer up to September 30th, 1890, report as follows:

 The Book of the Treasurer shows, balance on hand May 31st, 1890, two thousand and forty 82-100 dollars, payments of warrants 254 to 410 inclusive, amounting to fourteen hundred and eighty-five 40-100 dollars, leaving on hand five hundred and fifty-five 42-100 dollars.

 The Collector's report shows blank licenses on hand May 31st, 1890, five hundred and eighty-six dollars. Balance of tax roll 1889 uncollected, ninety-nine 12-100 dollars. Licenses signed by Treasurer since May 31st, 1890, fifty-four dollars; Licenses on hand uncollected, four hundred and seventy-one dollars, and delinquent taxes uncollected on roll of 1889 ninety-nine 12-100 dollars, leaving to be paid by Collector to Treasurer, one hundred and sixty-nine dollars.

 We have cancelled warrants mumbers three hundred and fifty-four to four hundred and ten inclusive.
         Respectfully submitted,
              J. G. PARKERSON,
              A. J. MOSS.
                       Finance Committee.

   Lafayette, La., October 10th, 1890.
   The following petition was read:
To the Hon. Mayor and members of the City Council of Lafayette:

 Gentlemen, - We, the undersigned citizens and property holders, residents of Washington Street, beg leave to make the following request and proposition to your honorable body.

 In view of the necessity of a plank walk on above said street, we would ask that you make such appropriation as may be necessary to procure the lumber of the construction of the "usual style and make" of a plank walk, starting from the corner of Vermilion and Washington Streets up to the Methodist Church, and for the completion of which we obligate ourselves to see the work properly done and provide such other materials as may be necessary. All of which, we respectfully submit to your consideration.

 J. D. Trahan, Wm. Campbell, Z. Doucet, Vilmond Hubac, Orther C. Mouton, G. M. Esswein.

 And on motion, the sum of one hundred dollars was appropriated to aid in building the walk therein described, - payable on approval of work by Street Committee.

 The following ordinance was adopted:

   The following ordinance was adopted:

 AN ORDINANCE to prohibit the playing of Craps within the corporate limits of the Town of Lafayette, and providing a penalty for the violation thereof.

 Whereas, the playing of craps within the corporate limits of the town of Lafayette is a nuisance and dangerous to peace and good order of said town; therefore
   Be it ordained by the City Council of the Town of Lafayette that the playing of craps within the corporate limits of said town is hereby declared to be unlawful, and prohibited within said limits; and whoever shall engage in playing said game or permit the same to be played upon their premises, within the corporate limits of said town, shall each be subject to a fine of not less than ten nor more than fifty dollars; and in default of payment of said fine shall each be imprisoned not less than five nor more than ten days, at the discretion of the court.

 All proceeding of this violation of this ordinance shall be instituted by the Constable, in the name of the town, before the Mayor or magistrate of said town.

 Be it also ordained, that whenever the Constable shall find any persons engaged in playing said game he shall forthwith take them into custody, make affidavit against them and proceed to the enforcement of the penalties imposed.

 Be it further ordained, that whenever the Constable has good reason to believe that said game is being played within any house in the corporate limits of said town, it shall be and is hereby made his duty to forthwith obtain a warrant from the Mayor or from the arrest of the owner, occupant or lessee of said house, as the case may be, and enter said house; and if upon entering said house it should appear that said game is being played therein, he shall take said owner, occupant or lessee, together with all parties engaged in playing therein, into his custody and proceed against them according to law for the enforcement of the fines and penalties herein imposed.

 Be it further ordained, that all ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict herewith be and are hereby repealed, and that this ordinance take effect ten days from and after its first publication in the official journal of said town.

 On motion, the petition presented to Council some time since for the repeal of ordinance relative to stock running loose at night was refused.

 The following account was approved:

 J. G. Gardemal, jailer ... $4.00

 The Collector presented the following list of delinquent license payers for 1890:

 Lawyers - C. Girard, $5.00; C. Debaillon, $5.00; E. G. Voorhies, $5.00; Jos. A. Chargois, $5.00; L. I. Tansey, $2.50; Wm. Campbell, $2.50.

 Oyster Saloon - Leon Mouton, Ed. Hebert, Vilmond Huback each $2.50.

 Fruit Stand - Jos. Moletto, $2.50.

 Livery Stables - Jean Vigneaux $20.00; Louis Domengeaux, Mrs. A. J. Veasey, Ernest Constantin, each $10.00.

 Wagoners - Bennet Lilly, W. B. Lindsay, each $4.00; Willie Lewis, $2.00.

 Merchant and Retail Liquor Dealer - Israel Falk, $60.00; S. Labe, $30.00.

 Druggist and Merchant - E. Delmouly, Drugs, $10.00; merchant, $5.00.

 Hotels and Restaurant - Mrs. M. F. Rigues, J. O. Mouton, Mrs. O. Olivier, each $10.00.

 Doctors - F. S. Mudd, $5.00.

 And on motion the Collector was instructed to proceed at once to collect according to law.

 The following was adopted:

 Wheras, the duties pertaining to the office of Mayor of the town have in the last year or two become considerably more laborious and responsible, therefore
    Be it ordained, that the Mayor be and is hereby allowed a salary.

 Be it further ordained, that for the year commencing October 15th, 1890, said salary be and is fixed at one hundred and fifty dollars.

 And the Council thereupon adjourned,
W. B. BAILEY, Mayor.
CHAS D. CAFFERY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/1/1890.

From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 1st, 1879:


 There is much said about the future of our little town. Its growth and improvement seems to be a pleasant anticipation with many, and I hope that the more enterprising of our population, will not only anticipate, but contribute also to this much desired end.

As a first essential step, should be the building up of a local newspaper ; and this is very easily done for there are few so poor that they cannot pay the small amount required for subscription. Remember that it is the local paper, which represents us more than anything else abroad ; and if we are interested for our town and parish, let us take an interest in the building up of our paper ; nor complain of its price, nor of the size of the sheet, when there is no special effort made to assist it, and the only wonder is that it exists at all, or can maintain its columns so handsomely upon so meagre a support.

Therefore gentlemen - residents of town or prairie - just make the first essential move in enterprise (which is your watch word) by depositing a very small amount at the office of the ADVERTISER.

Another reformation consists in the name of the place, for it seems Vermilionville is a misnomer. It appears to puzzle every P. O. functionary abroad, to know it is that Vermilionville is not in Vermilon Parish ; and surely names are not so scarce that we are compelled to purloin one from an adjoining parish and to place it in the centre of ours. The creoles abroad upon the prairie, insist upon calling the town Lafayette, and I admire their persistence and also think good taste, for that is its proper name. Some few, I am told, are taking the initiative by having their mail addressed to Lafayette C. H., ; and pretty soon the suffix of C. H. will not be be necessary (if it is now,) and we will some day have the most attractive town and one with the prettiest name in all Southern Louisiana.

Let us down with Vermilionville then upon every sign-board, and let the flag (or name) of the great statesmen go up, and be recognized and established as ours - before the R. R. gets here.

The ADVERTISER opens its columns to all for communications on subjects connected with local politics. It is not to be held responsible for these communications, yet none will be printed except from responsible parties.

RETURNED HOME. - We are pleased to not the return of our esteemed fellow townsman Jules J. Revillon, Esq., and family. After a pleasant sojourn of several months in the vine clad hills of France they return to us, we hope, invigorating in health and spirits. We cordially welcome them home, and take it, that such recreation has fully prepared our friends for his numerous business engagements. Lafayette Advertiser 11/1/1879.

District Court. - It seems to have been the general desire that we should have no session of the District Court at this term. On Monday morning the jury for the 2nd week was discharged until Friday. The case of the State against Jim and Toussaint - who are now in custody - was continued on motion of counsel for defendants, and for the further reason that two of the principal witnesses for the State are sick. The jury for the third week will therefore not be needed as all other cases are continued. Lafayette Advertiser 11/1/1879.

Generosity Greatly Esteemed.

 Mrs. F. Riard and Miss Antoinette Riard have increased their fame for charitable deeds.

 They undertook to place in the way of our colored citizens to contribute to the building of our Catholic Church, - and last Saturday they gave, with the assistance of their friends, a bazaar and had a reunion of their colored friends. The net proceeds of the entertainment amount to $72.00. All honor to their praiseworthy efforts and their success.

 The colored band from New Iberia generously contributed the music for the occasion and their kindness is appreciated by all. Lafayette Advertiser 11/1/1879.

Parish Executive Committee.

 As we were unable to procure a copy of the proceedings of the Parish Executive Committee, held on the 18th ult., we publish the following synopsis: Permanent organization was effected by electing Chas. D. Caffery, Esq., President and Ed. A. Guilbeau Secretary. The question of a senatorial convention for this district to nominate a candidate for Senator was considered and the President authorized to communicate with the delegates from the other parishes of the district and agree upon the time and place for holding the same. Royville, in this parish, was recommended as a suitable place.

 Upon a resolution to that effect, a committee was appointed to make the necessary arrangements to secure the services of speakers to explain the new Constitution to the voters at meetings to be held throughout the parish.

 The committee also elected six delegates to the senatorial convention.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/1/1879.


 Advertiser's Anniversary.

 With this issue the ADVERTISER commences its Fifteenth Volume. In a modest way it has striven to do its duty by its patrons and the community. Never making pretentious boasts of strength of deserts, it has steadily advocated the real interests of the people of Louisiana and the living principles of the great Democratic party.

Through years of suffering, of sorrow and of shame, caused by blighted crops, by wasting pestilence and by Republican misrule and oppression, the faith of the ADVERTISER never wavered.

One shudders at being reminded of those years as the recollections of a hideous nightmare. It is so much more pleasant to look at what the future promises. In a few months at most the whistle of the locomotive will be heard in our

It becomes quite unreadable for a stretch here, I'll pick out what I can; I believe the author is mentioning that the railroad will put us in direct communication and commerce with places like St. Louis, New York and Chicago. That basically our town will become of relevance to the rest of the world, etc. But cautions that if we get the word out too fast we may be jumping the gun? We pick back up with...

our part of the peril of becoming so rapidly celebrated, there is nothing good and true we may not promise ourselves as a community.

All these years the hopes of the ADVERTISER have been fixed on the return of material prosperity to this State and section and on the restoration of real Democratic government. Perhaps the Fifteenth year of its existence upon which it now enters will not have passed away before this hope will be indeed realized, and it is with faith in this that it salutes its friends and patrons.



[From His Autobiography.]

 One morning a man came rushing up to my house and stated that he wanted a writ of replevin to recover possession of a horse which a stranger was taking out of the country. I had no blank forms, and had not yet received the statutes of Nebraska to copy from, so I asked the man :

 "Where is the fellow who has got your horse?"

 "He is going up the road, and is about two miles away," he replied.

 "Very well," said I, "I will get the writ ready in a minute or two."

 I saddled my horse, and then taking up my old reliable rifle, "Lucretia," I said to the man :

 "That's the best writ of replevin that I can think of ;  come along, and we'll get that horse or know the reason why."

 We soon overtook the stranger, who was driving a herd of horses, and as we came up to him I said :

 :Halloo sir ;  I am an officer and have an attachment for that horse," and at the same time pointed at the animal.

 "Well, sir, what are you going to do about it?" he inquired.

 "I propose to take you and horse back to the post," said I.

 "You can take the horse, but I haven't the time return with you."

 "You'll have to take the time, or pay the costs here and now," said I.

 "How much are the costs?"

 "Twenty dollars."

 "Here's the money," said he as he handed me the greenbacks. I then gave him a little friendly advice, and told him that he was released from custody. He went on his way a wiser and poorer man, while the owner of the horse and myself returned to the fort. I pocketed the $20, of course. Some people might think it was not a square way of doing business, but I didn't know any better just then. I had several little cases of this kind and I became better posted on law in the course of time."
[From the autobiography of Buffalo Bill and in the Lafayette Advertiser of 11/1/1879.]

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 1st, 1912:


 Last Saturday night at the midnight hour there passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ed. Chase (nee Clye Mudd) age of almost 82 years. For several years past Dr. Mudd had been a helpless invalid in charge of his only daughter, who attended him with a constancy and devotion worthy of all admiration. While death naturally brings sorrow to the hearts of loved ones and friends, it is often the messenger that lifts the burden of life and releases the spirit from its tenement of clay. So it was with the deceased, whose weight of years and bodily infirmities, robbed existence of all its pleasures and enjoyment, and he doubtless desired as St. Paul, "to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. Dr. Mudd was born in Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky, March 12, 1829, but when quite a young man came to Louisiana and began the practice of his profession. For many years he lived at Perry's Bridge in Vermilion parish, and later removed to Lafayette, residing for a while in the second ward, and finally making his home in the town of Lafayette. He soon became one of the most prominent and successful physicians in this section of the State and his services were sought far and wide. Aside from his strong, clear mind and thorough knowledge of medicine, his powers as a diagnostician were remarkable and largely accounted for the success which followed his treatment.

 Endowed with a strong intellectuality, sound judgment, and decided character, Dr. Mudd exercised a potent influence in the community in all matters pertaining to its progress and prosperity. As a member of the parish School Board he did much toward establishing the present excellent system of public schools in the town and parish. While never aspiring to political preferment he always took a deep interest in affairs of the State. Dr. Mudd was a member the Presbyterian church and an elder in its session. He donated the lot for the church site and contributed liberally toward the building fund and the support of the ministry. In all his relations with his fellows he exercised a liberal hand, not only giving his services free to many of the poor, but opening his purse to all the demands of charity.

 The interment to place from the Presbyterian church, Rev. Stewart, assisted by Rev. Kendrick, conducting the services. The body was taken in charge by Hope Lodge No. 145, F. & A. M., of which the deceased was a member, and interred in the Protestant cemetery at four o'clock Sunday afternoon.

 Many friends and acquaintances followed the body to its last resting place and paid the last tribute of respect to one whose long and eventful life had contributed so much toward the welfare and prosperity of the community. Two sons survive him, F. S. Mudd (Sterling Mudd) and Dudley Mudd.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/1/1912.



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