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From the Lafayette Gazette of October 10th, 1903:


Cement Walks For Lafayette.


 The city council at its meeting Monday night passed an ordinance compelling property owners on certain streets to have cement walks, six feet in width, built at their own cost and at other places providing for the building of plank walks also at the cost of abutting proprietors.

 The following extracts from the ordinance will give an idea of the terms.

 Section I. - Be it ordained by the City Council of Lafayette, La., that under and by virtue of an ordinance this day adopted, entitled "An Ordinance relative to sidewalks in the town of Lafayette, La.," and in accordance with the provisions of Act. No. 147 of the acts of the Legislature of this State of the year 1902, and considering that the public interest requires it, that a cement walk, six feet in width, and the necessary curbing thereto, and otherwise according to specifications in possession of the street committee of this Council, be built between the following points and along the following route, to-wit:
Starting on Grant Avenue at the centre line of the Crescent News Hotel, thence along the West side of said Grant Avenue to Lincoln Avenue, thence along the South Side of Lincoln Avenue to Pierce Street, thence along the Southeastern side of Pierce Street to Jefferson Street thence along the East side of Jefferson Street to Vermilion Street, thence along the South side of Vermilion Street to Lafayette Street, thence along the East Side of Lafayette Street to North Main Street.


 Starting again at the corner of Lee Avenue and Vermilion Street on the North Side of Vermilion Street and running thence to St. John Street to Main Street.
Be it further ordained that a plank walk of six feet in width, wherever possible, and of such lesser width as may be necessary to conform to the width of the sidewalk, and otherwise according to specifications in possession of the street committee, be built between the following points, to wit:


 1. From corner of Vermilion St. and Lee Avenue on East Side of Lee Avenue, then East side of Lee Avenue, then East side Oak St. and West side Oak St. and West side Grant Avenue to Crescent News Hotel.

 2. From Vermilion St. to Main; on West side Johnston street:

 3. From Lafayette street (near Convent) going on North side of Convent St. to St. John St., and thence on West of St. John to Catholic church square.

 4. From Lafayette St. (near Convent) going on North side of Convent street to St John St., and thence on West of St. John to Catholic church square.

 5. From corner of Grant Avenue and Lincoln Avenue, on East of Railroad, running on North of Lincoln Avenue to Chestnut St.
Lafayette Gazette 10/10/1903.





Better Roads.

 Mr. Alfred Hebert was employed to put in good condition the public road leading from Lafayette to Anse la Butte and Breaux Bridge, which last winter was reported almost impassable for a long time. Mr. Hebert had the road thoroughly graded.

 The following contributed towards meeting the payment of the expenses incurred for this work:

 People's Cotton Oil Co., $20; Gerac Gin, $10; Lafayette Compress Co., $10; First National Bank, $10; Scott Heywood, $10; L. Domengeaux, $5; Gustave Landry, $5; Adrien Theall, $5; Denbo & Nicholson; $5; and Chas. Babin, $1. 
Lafayette Gazette 10/10/1903.





Wedding Bells. The Gazette has received an announcement of the marriage of Mr. Louis Leo Judice, the well-known merchant of Scott, to Miss Hunter Ferguson of Virginia, to be celebrated at the Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church, of Richmond, Va., on Wednesday evening, October 15. Lafayette Gazette 10/10/1903.


Also To Be Wed.

 Mrs. J. J. Revillon has issued invitations to the marriage of her daughter, Miss Louise, to Mr. A. Edward Ferren of Lake Charles, to be performed on Wednesday morning, October 14th, at St. John Catholic Church, Lafayette. Lafayette Gazette 10/10/1903.


Died.



 Philibert Trahan, son of Mr. Clemile Trahan, died last Sunday morning at 8:30 o'clock, at the residence of his father in Lafayette. He was buried in the Catholic cemetery on Monday at 10 o'clock a. m. The funeral services were held at St. John's Catholic Church. Young Trahan had just reached the age of majority, and his passing away when about to step on the threshold of life's duties is particularly a sad one. The sympathy of many friends is extended to his family in the loss of a devoted son and brother. Lafayette Gazette 10/10/1903.




WILLIAM JENNINGS BRYAN ON NEGRO SUFFRAGE.


 We publish in this column a portion of Mr. Bryan's reply to a series of questions propounded to him and other public men on the question of negro suffrage. The letter will serve as a standing reply to the negrophile press of the North. It is written in a dispassionate temper and shows logical deductions drawn from an honest and unbiased study of the problem :

 "The question which the white people of the South have to meet is whether the white race, with its more advanced civilization and its higher ideals, shall permit its progress to be turned backward by the dominance of the black race. Unless all arguments in favor of civilization are with out foundation, the superior race, if dominant, would be more considerate toward the inferior race than the inferior race would, if dominant, be toward the superior race.

 "The provision which the white people of the South have, at heavy expense, made for the education of the negro, shows that they realize that it is to their interest to raise the standard and elevate the condition of the black man. The excesses of the black legislatures after the war show, on the other hand, the indifference of the blacks to their own interests, as well as to the interests of the white people. If I lived in the South, and had to act upon the question, I would favor such qualifications as easy as conditions would permit, and doing justice to the black man and the white man both according to my best judgment. The position which I take does not in the least controvert the principles set forth in the Declaration of Independence. A qualification for suffrage does not deny the natural and inalienable rights of the black man.
"Where the two race must live together under the same government, the superior race, as a matter of self-preservation, will impose conditions upon the inferior, just as the individual may defend himself even to the point of taking life in the protection of his own life, or he may put a dangerous enemy under bonds to keep the peace. It is not a denial of the equal rights of others to protect one's own rights, but as it is always necessary for one to show that the he acted for the protection of himself, so at the bar of the public opinion, those who fixed the suffrage qualifications upon others must show that it is done in self-defense and for self-preservations.


 From columnist William Jennings Bryan and in the Lafayette Gazette of 10/10/1903.




Carpenters Injured.

Herbert Philips and Jos. Wolfe, two carpenters employed in the construction of a building in the Mudd Addition, received quite painful injuries by a fall from a scaffold, on Monday afternoon. Philips sustained a broken bone above the ankle and Wolfe had a fracture of a bone in the foot. The wounds were very painful but not serious. Dr. A. R. Trahan was called and gave medical attention to the men.  Lafayette Gazette 10/10/1903.




PROMINENT OIL MEN VISIT ANSE LA BUTTE.

J. N. Bruck, Oil Expert, Pronounces Oil Fine Lubricant.

  Gov. Hogg, Gen. Nelson A. Miles, Mr. Jas. W. Swayne of the Hogg-Swayne Syndicate, Messrs. T. J. Toler and L. L. Lyons of Crowley, arrived in Lafayette yesterday afternoon and registered with Capt. Hahn at the Crescent News. Gen Miles, Gov. Hogg and Mr. Bruck, an oil expert, are visiting the oil fields of Louisiana and Texas and it was to look over the local territory that they came to Lafayette and Texas and it was to look over the local territory that they came to Lafayette. Assessor A. M. Martin and other citizens of the town were partly instrumental in getting a visit from the distinguished gentlemen. Accompanied by him, the party, with the exception of the Governor, drove over to Anse la Butte. Mr. Bruck informed a representative of The Gazette that in his opinion, the oil found there was superior to all samples he has seen in Louisiana and Texas fields, as a lubricant.

 Gen. Miles, who has but recently won fame as a long distance rider across country, was accompanied by Sheriff Ike Broussard yesterday afternoon for a hunt on horseback. Lafayette Gazette 10/10/1903.


Court Items. - While many cases pending before the District Court were disposed of during the week, but one jury case was tried. Caesar Buchanan, a negro, charged with shooting and wounding his father with intent to murder was found guilty of the minor offense of shooting with intent to kill. The cases of Jules Patin, charged with criminal assault, and of Jos. Fuselier, accused of murder, did not come off, the first case being continued until the next term of court, and the latter being postponed until Tuesday next.
Lafayette Gazette 10/10/1903.


Lafayette Oil Men at Jennings. - The Jennings Daily Times-Record gives the following which will interest local oil men: "The derrick has been completed and the machinery is being moved for the well to be drilled on this side of the bayou Nespique, just north of the McFarlain Irrigation Co.'s pumping plant by the Lafayette Oil & Mineral Company and the active work of drilling will start some time during the latter part of the week."
Lafayette Gazette 10/10/1903.




 Presbyterian Services.

 There will be services at the Presbyterian church tomorrow morning Oct. 11, at eleven o'clock, Rev. S. G. Hutton of New Orleans in the pulpit. All are cordially invited to hear an earnest and forcible presentation of God's word. Lafayette Gazette 10/8/1903.

  

  














SCHOOL BOARD.
Lafayette, La., Oct. 1, 1903.

 At a regular meeting of the Parish School Board held on the above date the following members answered to roll call :

 Mr. A. Olivier, president; Mr. Alex Delhomme, Mr. Jasper Spell, Mr. A. C. Guilbeau, Mr. A. D. Verot, Mr. S. J. Montgomery. Absent: Dr. N. P. Moss, Dr. R. O. Young and Mr. H. Theall.

 The minutes of the last regular meeting, held July 2nd, 1903, and of the special meeting, held Aug. 6th, 1903. were read and approved.

  Mr. Jasper Spell, representing the committee appointed to receive the canal dug on the school land in the second ward, reported that the committee had accepted the lowest bid at $219.50. That the canal had been completed as per specification and accepted.

 Mr. Davis of Duson, presented a petition from the people of that community asking that the school board build a schoolhouse to be ready for the coming session. Duson has raised $480.00 and the board was asked to assume the obligation of furnishing the rest.

 On motion of Mr. Guilbeau the Board decided to accept the proposition of the people of Duson to raise by not $250.00, and to bind itself to take up this note when it became due.

 Mr. Bertrand, representing the Bertrand school community, petitioned the board to furnish an additional room to their schoolhouse, saying that the citizens were ready to raise the amount necessary to build the addition. Mr. Bertrand stated that there were two teachers and an attendance of seventy-five pupils at his schoolhouse and that all the room available was a small room only 20 by 30. He urged the necessity of immediate attention on the part of the board, otherwise the teachers and students were put at a great disadvantage to do their work.

 On the motion of Mr. A. C. Guilbeau, seconded by Mr. Spell, the above petition was referred to the building committee with a request that the Committee investigate and report at the next meeting.

 On motion, duly seconded, it was decided that the petition of the Burke School community asking for an additional room be referred to the building committee for investigation with a request that they report at the next meeting.

 On motion of Mr. Spell, duly seconded by M. Delhomme, the country schools were ordered to open the first Monday in December, 1903.

 Moved by Mr. Spell that the Secretary be authorized to rent six acres of the school land in the eighth ward at or above the prevailing price for land in that neighborhood. On being seconded by Mr. Delhomme, the above motion was carried.

 Mr. Buchanan appeared before the Board and made sundry complaints about the public schools of the town of Lafayette. The principal complaint was made against the use books not on the adopted list.

 The Secretary was authorized to make a reduction for the overflowed land in lot 13 (new number) in section 16, township 11 South, Range 5 East.

 On motion of Mr. Spell the Treasurer was authorized to discount as many school land notes in his possession as would be necessary to meet the current expenses of the board.



 The following bills were approved:

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 Following is a statement of receipts and disbursements of the school funds since my last report:

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 Respectfully submitted,
      J. E. MARTIN, Treasurer.

 There being no further business the board adjourned.
A. OLIVIER, President.
L. J. ALLEMAN, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 10/10/1903.







OUR SCHOOL OFFICERS.
[From the Crowley Signal.]

 "If forty or fifty determined and forceful men in Louisiana would begin an active, vigorous campaign in favor of forwarding the educational interests of the state," said President Alderman, of Tulane University in a recent interview, "in my opinion, within less than two years every parish in the state, or nearly every parish, would keep the schoolhouse doors open nine months out of every year, and the people would shoulder the burden without grumbling."

 By why limit the number to forty or fifty? Why not give the people of Louisiana, the parents of school children, a chance to run their own school affairs, as every other state in the Union does?

 What educational system - or other lack of system - is more ridiculous than one whereby the office of school director is made merely for stock trade for the petty politician?

 Let the politicians select the sheriff, and the clerk, and the assessor, and the members of the Legislature if necessary ;  but let the people choose their own school officers. Any system that contemplates any other mode of election than by the people and other mode of election than by the people directly, is medieval, un-progressive, un-American. - Crowley Signal.

 We (the Laf. Gazette) are in favor of the election by the people of public servants. That the next legislative body to convene in Louisiana will remedy the evils which the white people of the state had to countenance in a time when the supremacy of the race depended upon the adoption of the most violent measures, is a foregone conclusion. The change, which will undoubtedly be effected, will come in a natural and quiet way. Every candidate for State office bases his claims for election on a platform favoring a reasonable curtailment of the appointive power of the State's executive officer. Very little difference exists, even as to the degree of the contraction of executive patronage.

 But some seekers after office and some newspapers have taken up the popular demand for a change in the system as a campaign slogan against certain political aspirants whom they are pleased to term the forced heirs of the present and preceding administrations, when, in truth, the appointing of officers reported to as the only safe plan at the time by the truest and noblest Democrats of Louisiana.

 In their blind zeal to make political capital, they lose sight of whatever good resulted from the object of their partisan attacks.

 The members of the school board of Lafayette parish received their commissions by appointment from the governor. True it is, the time may be ripe for a return to the method first intended by our republican institutions, but it is both unfair and unjust not to give credit to whom it is due. If we could be certain that the choice of future governors would be as wise as was that of Governor Heard in the parish, then, we would be willing to oppose the most violent public demands in the advocacy of a maintenance of the present system.

 The school board of Lafayette parish is composed of public spirited citizens who are devoting their time and energies for the public good.

 If the "stock in trade" of political politicians is used to such beneficent ends, then, we say, let the politicians continue their dealings in such stock. Lafayette Gazette 10/10/1903.






SUPERINTENDENT ALLEMAN'S REPORT.

 Fine Showing of the Work Done by the Parish School Authorities.

To the Foreman and Gentlemen of the Grand Jury:

 Only a few days ago I had the pleasure of representing Lafayette parish in the Superintendents' Convention held in New Orleans. In this convention Lafayette parish represented a good report showing more progress than any other parish. However, this does not mean that the school system of our parish is perfect nor that it is even as good as some the leading parishes of the State. We have made great strides in our school system and it should be the aim of every good citizen to see to it that the parish makes no backward step in school matters from now on. It is gratifying to see that the whole state is awake to the necessity of better school facilities and the people of Louisiana have made it distinctly understood in the present campaign that education is the most important issue at stake. Nothing can be of more importance to us than the proper education of our children. The most sacred duty of the State is to provide adequate education for all its children. Education is the birthright of every American-born child.

 It is with great satisfaction that I submit the following report of progress made during the past two years, together with the recommendations for needed improvements.

 The enrollment two sessions ago was less than 1,000. Next session it will not be less than 2.500. Here is an increase of over 100 percent, in two years.

 THE SCHOOL FUND.

 Our school fund has necessity  increased, but it has not kept pace with the increased demands made upon it. Two years ago we employed 40 teachers at an average salary of $39.00; only 2 were trained for the work. This session we have 55 teachers at an average salary of $46.61. This increase in the salary has enabled the board to employ 32 trained teachers for the coming session. The trained teachers have done excellent work wherever sent, and the communities have been quick to appreciate their superior work. A healthy sentiment exists throughout the parish in favor of good teachers.

 There are nearly 9,000 school children to educate in Lafayette parish. Up to the present session the taxpayers of the parish have been contributing directly $4,000 per year, or 44 cents per child for one year of education. This is less than 5 cents per month. The available school fund from all sources is as follows; from the State, $8,000; parish $6,000; poll tax $2,000; school lands $2,000; town of Lafayette $2,000; total $20,000.

 To maintain the schools of the parish 9 calendar months for the present session, it will require $26,100. There is a deficit of $6,100 which should be supplied by the parish and town of Lafayette, and I would therefore urge upon the necessity for laying this matter before the parish and the town council of Lafayette, calling upon them to do all in their power for the children who must be educated.

 It will be noticed that no mention has been made of the special tax recently voted by the people of the parish. The reason is that the tax will be collected only in the fall of next year and will therefore not be available for the present session. Besides we are in absolute need of thirty-four school houses the construction of which will absorb every cent of the special tax money. What we need now is money with which to run the schools.

 The capacity of our school houses is about 800. Last year we tried to accommodate 2,000 children and in this session the average school-house of the parish will have three times more children that it can comfortably seat. The demand from all parts of the parish is for more space in the school-houses.

 The school board is now preparing to build four comfortable school houses. Last year one school-house was built, and one thoroughly repaired. In a short time the parish will have six comfortable school-houses.

THE 16TH SECTION, OR SCHOOL LANDS.

 There are three sections of school land in the parish. Two and half sections are rented at prices ranging from 75 cents to $2.50. Two years ago the same land was rented at ten cents and 50 cents. As nearly all the land is rented there is no possibility of there being any squatters on the land.

 COST OF EDUCATING OUR CHILDREN.

 Last session the school board expended about $18,000 on 2,000 children for 9 months, making the cost of educating I child $9.00 per pear of $1.00 per month. Instead of being an extravagant expenditure it will be seen the board had not an adequate fund. The parish of Lafayette paid $2 out of every $9 spent. The other $7 spent on each child was derived from the State. Our system of education will never be adequate until we can spend more than $1 per month on each child. It costs the parish not less than $9 per month to keep a criminal.

PUBLIC ROADS.

 It is with pleasure that I can report a steady improvement in the public roads of the parish during the past two years. We now have the foundation of a good system of public roads and the foundation of a good system of public schools, and these two institutions are so important and closely interdependent as to demand the support of all citizens in order that each system might be built up to its highest standard of excellence.
Lafayette Gazette 10/10/1903.




JUDGE N. C. BLANCHARD.

   Exercising the right inherent in American citizenship and also the function which the public press assumes in this country, The Gazette desires to give its endorsement to the candidacy of Judge N. C. Blanchard for the governorship of Louisiana.

 We believe Judge Blanchard will prove faithful to the highest trust within the gift of the people of Louisiana. Endowed with a persevering spirit which won for him promotion to positions of honor and trust from the humble efforts of a struggling boyhood, and having enjoyed practical experience as a public servant, there can be no doubt that if chosen the chief executive officer of the State, he will perform the duties of that high office with a deep sense of its dignity and with consummate ability.

 In the terrible days of the reconstructive period, the memory of which is but a dim tradition to the present generation. Judge Blanchard, at the time but a mere youth, proved himself a fearless exponent of white supremacy. After having served both as congressman and senator from Louisiana, he graced the bench of its supreme tribunal with marked ability the clear and concise style of his able decisions illuminating the pages of our jurisprudence.

 Without wishing to disparage the character and public virtues of General Jastremski or to ignore his devotion to civic duties during war and the piping times of peace, The Gazette not only exercises the privilege of free speech but feels it a duty to give it support to him who, in its humble opinion, will insure our fair State a continued period of prosperity and progress.
Lafayette Gazette 10/10/1903.



Police Jury Proceedings.

   Lafayette, La., Oct. 1, 1903. - The police jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: M. Billeaud, Jr., Alonzo Lacey, J. O. Blanchet, Alex M. Broussard, Saul Broussard, P. R. Landry, J. C. Buchanan, John Whittington and F. G. Mouton.

 The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

 The grand jury in a body waited upon the jury and urged at the suggestion of Judge Debaillon that an extension of time be granted for payment of the special road tax until Oct. 10. By motion the request was granted and the sheriff and tax collector instructed accordingly.

 By motion of Mr. Whittington the roadoverseers were instructed to notify, after Oct. 10, all delinquents of the special per capita and road tax to perform road duty as required by law.

 Mr. J. R. Davis appeared and asked that the Crowley-Rayne Realty Company be notified to open the drainage ditch of the Scott-Rayne public road in the town of Duson. By motion of Mr. Mouton said company through its president, T. J. Toles, was notified to open said drain or provide other drainage satisfactory to Hon. Alonzo Lacy, police juror of the first ward, otherwise said work will be done at the expense of said Crowley-Rayne Realty Company. District Attorney Campbell and Attorney C. H. Mouton were authorized to proceed to the collection of licenses due the parish by Messrs. Alton Foreman and Ralph Foreman, for two peddling carts.

 Messrs. Blanchet and Whittington reported having arranged through Mr. J. N. Williams of Vermilion, for a new ferry-boat at D. O. Broussard's crossing; but, owing to unknown cause, service had not been inaugurated. The committee was instructed to secure, if possible, prompt renewal of the transfer pending negotiations for rebuilding the bridge.

 By motion of Mr. Mouton, the President appointed Messrs. Whittington, Mouton and Landry a committee on conferences with the Vermilion authorities, relative to location for the new bridge at or near D. O. Broussard's crossing, and the secretary was instructed to request the Vermilion jury to appoint a similar conference committee.

 Mr. Buchanan moved to fix the rate of taxation for 1903 at eight mills on the dollar. Mr. Mouton moved, as a substitute, that the rate be fixed at ten mills on the dollar, distributed in accordance with the budget items as follows :  Officers' fund, 2 mills; criminal fund, 3 mills; bridges and roads fund, 2 mills; public school land, 1 1/2 mills; contingent fund, 1 1/2 mills.

 The substitute by Mr. Mouton was carried by the following vote :  Ayes - Billeaud, Landry, Mouton, Blanchet, Saul Broussard. Nays - Buchanan, Whittington, Lacy, Alex M. Broussard.

 By motion, the president appointed the following committee to estimate the probable expenses of the parish for the year 1904 :  P. R. Landry, F. G. Mouton, J. O. Blanchet and R. C. Greig.

 Mr. Blanchet was authorized to build a bridge between Martial Trahan's and Clebert Savoie's.

 By motion of Mr. Mouton, the donations for the Carencro public road were accepted and ordered recorded.

 The following were refunded road taxes paid in error: Jos. Guidry, 6th ward, 35 cts.; Jos. Colomb, 5th ward, 75 cts.; Joachim Cormier, 6th ward, 75 cts.; Jean Bte. Senegal, 4th ward, $1.50; Michael Trahan, 4th ward, $1.75; Juda Benton, 3rd ward, $1.00.

 The treasurer submitted his monthly reports as follows:

 To the president and members of police jury Parish of Lafayette, La., - Following is a statement of receipts and disbursements of the parish funds since my last report.

 DR.

  Balance on hand last report ... $439.02
  Tax coll'r. taxes coll'd. Aug. ... $72.93
  Parish treasurer loan from Bk ... $1,500.00
     Total receipts ... $2,011.95.

 CR.

  Five per cent com. tax coll'r. tax ... $3.75
  Approved orders ... $1,530.00
  Jurors certificates ... $40.60
     Total disbursements ... $1,574.25.
   Balance on hand $437.70.
                 Respectfully submitted,
                     J. E. MARTIN, Treasure.

 Lafayette, La., Oct. 1, 1903.

 To the president and members of police jury Parish of Lafayette, La. - The following is a statement of receipts and disbursement of special road funds since my last report.

 DR.

Balance on hand last report ... $519.27
Tax coll'r. taxes coll'd. Aug. ... $679.45
     Total receipts ... $1,198.72.

 CR.

 Five per cent. com. tax coll'r ... $33.97
 Approved orders ... $131.26
    Total disbursements ... $163.23
  Balance on hand $1,033.49.

AS FOLLOWS BY WARDS.

 Balance on hand 1st ward ... $73.77
 Balance on hand 2nd ward ... $58.79
 Balance on hand 3rd ward ... $46.93
 Balance on hand 4th ward ... $107.02
 Balance on hand 5th ward ... $316.51
 Balance on hand 6th ward ... $46.25
 Balance on hand 7th ward ... $196.18
 Balance on hand 8th ward ... $188.04
        Total ... $1,033.49
          Respectfully submitted,
             J. E. MARTIN, Treasurer.

 Lafayette, La. Oct. 1, 1903.
    The following accounts were approved:

 Alcee Dugas, road work ... $90.85
 E. Broussard, road work ... $71.70
 K. Blanchet, road work ... $147.40
 J. H. David, road work ... $1.25
 M. Billeaud Jr., & Co., road work ... $85.70
 M. Milleaud Jr., & Co., road work ... $15.02
 Landry & Meaux, road work ... $10.30
 Alphonse Broussard, road work ... $15.00
 Albert Landry, road work ... $10.00
 Ovide Comeaux, road work ... $10.00
 Alex Brousaard, road work ... $22.85
 R. Guidry, road work ... $33.50
 R. Guidry, road work ... $161.45
 Ovey Comeaux, road work ... $19.00
 R. C. Landry, road work ... $88.85
 J. H. Comeaux, road work ... $37.25
 Domingue Guidry, road work ... $53.60
 Antoine Broussard, road work ... $70.60
 E. Broussard, building bridges ... $16.00
 Alcee Dugas, building bridges ... $19.00
 A. E. Mouton, lumber ... $117.76
 E. H. Vordenbaumen, lumber ... $31.75
 M. Billeaud Jr., & Co., nails etc. ... $7.05
 St. Dost Arceneaux, hack and hire ... $3.50
 C. F. Latioslais, notarial act ... $8.00
 Chas. Billeaud, coroner's juror ... $2.20
 A. Hebert, coroner's juror ... $2.10
 Davis Cever, burial of negro ... $2.00
 Falk Mercantile Co., coffin etc. ... $9.00
 Dr. J. F. Mouton, coroner's fees ... $97.00
 A. Lacy, com. work ... $15.00
 L. Hirsch, jury com., witness ... $2.00
 N. F. Broussard, clerk of election ... $3.00
 A. M. Martin, Assessor's salary ... $1,170.33

 There being no further business the jury adjourned.
M. BILLEAUD, JR., President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 10/10/1903.



 Selected News Notes (Gazette) 10/10/1903.

  Five hundred barrels of corn wanted at the Planters' Mills by Ramsay & Upton.

 There will be services at the Presbyterian church tomorrow morning at Oct. 11, at eleven o'clock, Rev. S. G. Hutton of New Orleans, in the pulpit.

 Mr. L. Leo Judice and Dr. A. R. Trahan left Monday for Richmond, Va.

 Mass Meeting. - A mass meeting of democrats will take place at the court-house on Sunday, Oct. 18, 1890, at 1 o'clock in the afternoon. Addresses in French and English will be made by Judge C. Debaillon, Hon. Wm. Campbell, Judge Julian Mouton, Sheriff I. A. Broussard and others.


 Mr. Harry Squires, assistant deputy of the Improved Order of Red Men, is in Lafayette with a view of organizing a Tribe of that organization here.

 John Vigneaux arrived in Lafayette last week. He was absent several weeks on a visit to France and he returns home much benefited in health.

  
 The home boys were defeated last Sunday in a game of base ball at Franklin by the nines from that town, by a score of 7 to 2.

 The Confederate Veterans held their regular monthly meeting in the courtroom last Saturday morning. Lafayette Gazette 10/10/1903.








From the Lafayette Advertiser of October 10th, 1896:

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS.

  The new election law, which is to govern the November election, when candidates for a President, a Vice-President and six Congressmen are to be voted in Louisiana, contains provisions so entirely new and so very different from those to which the voters have been heretofore accustomed that there is no doubt a great deal of trouble will be experienced before the people will know how to comply with it. In order to give some needed information to the voters who will have to use it, the following is presented. If the voter were accorded an opportunity to secure an election ticket or ballot, and to study it beforehand, he would soon be able to master its intricacies, but he will have no such advantage. He will never be able to see a ticket until he shall get inside the enclosure at the polls, where having shown his registration paper and established his right to vote, he will be handed a ticket. This ticket, unlike any he has ever seen in a Louisiana election, will not be a Democratic or a Republican ticket; a free silver or a gold ticket; a Bryan ticket, or McKinley ticket. Instead of containing the names of the candidates of a particular party, it will bear the names of all the candidates of all the parties, and from this general mass the voter will have to pick out and mark those for whom he wishes to vote. The ticket at which will be used in the November election will be something like this.








 When the voter is handed one of the tickets, containing the names of all the persons who are to be voted for, he is required to retire into a booth or compartment where he will find a stamp, a pad charged with black printing ink. He will ink the stamp and press it upon the circle opposite the name of the person for whom he wishes to vote, and each name of a candidate for whom he votes must be designated by a stamp in the circle opposite his name. It is plain that no person can intelligently vote when he has never seen it before, unless he can read, and as he has only three minutes under the law to study it, he would have to be rather quick-witted to accomplish the marking of a ticket bearing the names of many candidates. But if the voter, in marking the names of the person for who he desires to vote, should spoil his ticket, the law allows him to have a second, and even a third, if the second ticket should be spoiled; but after that he cannot get another. The voter must go alone into the booth or compartment where he marks or stamps it without assistance. The system adopted in the Louisiana law is a modification of the Australian ballot method, but the Louisiana plan is more difficult to use. The regular Australian ballot, instead of having all the candidates of the different parties in one column, allows each party ticket to stand in a contiguous column, and so there is much less risk of confusion. But the voter is not obliged to vote for any candidate named on the ticket and, should he desire to vote for some other person for a particular office, he must not scratch out any name, but must write under the printed heading of the office in question the name of the person for whom he wishes to vote. The writing must be done with a lead pencil which will be found in the booth. There are to be left vacancies on the printed tickets for such names as are to be written, and, when so written, the stamp must be used in the circle in the same line upon which the name has been written name, if one be added to the ticket, it is unlawful for the voter to make any mark or defacement on his ballot. All ballots or tickers which may have been spoiled by the voter must be returned to the commissioner, and they are not to be carried away by the voter under any circumstances. The Picayune has endeavored to put in plain language the directions which are to be followed by a voter in preparing and casting his ballot. If he will get a proper understanding of what is here set forth, any intelligent person who can read will be able to cast his ballot according to his wish, and that will save him no trouble when he shall get into the booth or stall where he must prepare his ballot. - From the New Orleans Picayune and in the Lafayette Advertiser 10/10/1896.





Election Notice.

 We, the undersigned Board of Supervisors of election, P. A. Delhomme and A. M. Martin, being present, have appointed the following named commissioners as above stated, this 2d, day of Oct. A. D. 1896.




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P. A. DELHOMME, A. M. MARTIN, Assessor. Lafayette Advertiser 10/10/1896.





A Distinction Without a Difference.

 This is the particular time of the year when debtors are in a position to meet outstanding obligations, large or small, because it is "harvest time." Creditors are awake to this fact and take advantage of the circumstance to close all accounts due them. In every community the local newspaper is one of the principal creditors, the habit having become very general on the part of subscribers and patrons to owe, the local newspaper in the same way that debts are contracted with the merchant and tradesman, only with this difference, that the indebtedness to the local newspaper is not considered as of equal importance as other forms of debt, bu the majority of persons. Just why such discrimination should exist we are at a loss to know, but it does exist is a fact of which newspapermen are only too fully aware, especially when on a collection tour. It is true that here and there we meet with the courteousness and consideration that is extended to other classes of business men when on a round of collection, and that the trouble to which we put ourselves of calling  on a subscriber or patron for his dues to us is appreciated as the accommodation to him it is intended to do, but this constitutes the exception rather than the rule. This is all wrong all fair-minded men will admit and it is high time that the local newspaper, the friend of the public, should receive the recognition to which it is justly entitled.

 The subscription price is a mere pittance and, in comparison to the benefits that result to the payer either directly or indirectly, is money very well invested.

 No greater mistake could be made to think that the local newspaper is not a necessity in a town, a greater necessity than any other institutions that are regarded indispensable in civilized communities. And if the local newspaper does not come up to the ideal of its readers, they are chiefly to be blamed. It costs money to run a newspaper and unless this money is forthcoming from the principal beneficiary, the public, there should be no "kick" coming from that source. Only let the public deal liberally with the home paper and the latter may be depended on to return the liberality ten fold. The local newspaper refuses to be treated as an object of charity. It breathes too much of the spirit of independence to be willing to submit to such humiliation. The local newspaper is not begging for alms  when subscribers are requested to pay up their subscriptions at this time. It is merely asking them to discharge an ordinary debt at a time when it may best suit their convenience to do so.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/10/1896.



Accident Kills Boy. - Last Saturday the fourteen year old boy of Mr. Joseph (Body) Moore fell from his horse. Drs. Hopkins and Martin were called immediately but the base of the skull being fractured nothing could be done, besides relieving his sufferings and the unfortunate  boy died the next day.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/10/1896.





Grand Jubilee at Mt. Carmel.

 Next Thursday will complete a half-Century of the "labor of love" done by the Sisters of Mount Carmel Convent.

 During the semi-cycle which embraces almost two generations of our people, those good sisters have patiently labored among us, teaching both the precept and example those grand trusts which are the stepping stones to the hereafter.

 When but children we were placed under their tender and watchful care, they set our childish feet in the straight and narrow path, and patiently guided our feeble steps until we had attained years of education.

 Then in the Convent schools in same thorough and painstaking manner we were instructed in the arts and sciences. Then the ground work of our education having been layed deep and broad, when we passed from these loved gates to take our place in and do the battle with the world we found that we had been armed at every point, and were thoroughly equipped both mentally to make any attempt and morally to may any attempt and our own ambition would be the only limit to our attainments.

 It is now with loving pride we turn again to our 'Alma Mater" on this her Fiftieth Anniversary, and pay tribute at her shrines and offer most heartfelt prayers for her future prosperity.

 The people of Lafayette can point with pride to this monument and its advancement, created by the self sacrificing and untiring labor of that noble order of The Sisterhood of Our Holy Lady of Mount Carmel.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/10/1896.



 Excursions to Mt. Carmel.

 An excursion will be run from Rayne to Lafayette on October 15, on account of anniversary celebrating of the Mount Carmel Convent of Lafayette. The train will leave Rayne at 7 a. m. and leave Lafayette on the return at 6 p. m. We are advised that in the event a sufficient member of Crowley citizens desire to attend the exercises to warrant it, the train would start from there and return to Crowley in the evening. Lafayette Advertiser 10/10/1896.



 A Visit to Mrs. Bailey's.

 We visited Mrs. Bailey's New Millinery store this week and found it filled with a complete new stock, embracing all the latest novelties and conceits in female headgear for fall and winter.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/10/1896.


 Louisiana Coffee.

 From the Weekly Messenger we learn that some experiments have been made in the parish of St. Martin in growing coffee. The Messenger reports that Mr. Gabriel Bienvenu has exhibited a coffee plant loaded with beans nearly matured; that this coffee was raised by Mr. Alexandre Breaux, who has been experimenting in coffee culture for two years. Mr. Breaux has found the flavor of his home-grown coffee to be excellent, and expects next year to have sufficient seed to plant an acre or two. He believes that coffee can be successfully and probably produced in Louisiana.

 Lafayette Parish also has been investigating the possibility of propagating the coffee bean. Mr. Aug. Lagneaux brought to the Advertiser office this week a plant loaded with well matured berries of about the size of the best grade of Mocka. This year Mr. Lagneaux has some two hundred plants and expects to make extensive cultivation of the plant next year.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/10/1896.








 Fall From Horse Kills Boy.

 Last Saturday, the fourteen year old boy of Mr. Joseph (Body) Moore, fell from his horse. Dr. Hopkins and Martin were called immediately but the base of the skull being fractured nothing could be done, besides relieving his sufferings and the unfortunate boy died the next day.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/10/1896.



 A "Coal Day."

 When the wind veered to the North Thursday morning Mr. Geo. A. DeBlanc was heard to remark to an acquaintance that it was "a coal day." Mr. DeBlanc had just received a portion of his regular winter stock of Pittsburg coal and that's what made him talk that way, we suppose. Get prices from him. Lafayette Advertiser 10/10/1896.























Police Jury Proceedings.

 Lafayette, La., Oct. 1, 1896.

 The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: R. C. Landry, B. Avant, A. Hebert, Alonzo Lacey, J. E. Primeaux, J. Whittington Jr. and Martial Billeaud Jr. Absent: C. C. Brown.

 The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

 By motion the president appointed Messrs. Benj. Avant, Alf. Hebert and R. C. Greig, a committee to examine the Treasurer's office, cancel his vouchers and grant him a quietus to date.

 By motion the sum of $25.00 each was allowed to the supervisors of election for services at the approaching general election. Messrs. O. C. Mouton and R. C. Greig, were appointed to ascertain the needs of the clerk's office.

 Hon. Wm. Campbell here appeared and represented the Jury to the necessity of enacting an ordinance to protect game, Act. No. 60 of 1896 repeal the former State law and empowers the various Police Juries to make provision for protection of game within their respective jurisdictions. By motion Messrs. Wm. Campbell, Alf. Hebert and Wm. Clegg were appointed to draft a suitable ordinance in pursuance to said Act. 60 of 1896.

 The following was adopted:  Resolved, That the Tax Collector is hereby instructed to collect license from all peddlers and others conducting business without licenses and to that end he is hereby requested to instruct his deputies to arrest all persons who fail to exhibit proper license certificates.

 Mr. Hebert reported Mouton's Bridge completed satisfactorily and by motion the report was accepted and the committee discharged.

 The committee on Treasurer's office reported as follows:

     Lafayette, La., Oct. 6, 1896.
  To the Hon. Police Jury:

 Your undersigned committee appointed to examine the books and account of the parish treasurer would respectfully report finding said office in good order and exhibiting a cash balance in favor of the parish of $9.17. Under your instruction the treasurer was granted a quietus up to date.
         (Signed.) BEN AVANT, ALFRED HEBERT, R. C. GREIG.
  Approved.

 Messrs. Avant and Whittington were authorized to repair the Lewis Whittington and Onezine Trahan bridges at lowest cost.

 Mr. Lacey was authorized to advertise for bids and let contract for removing and rebuilding the bridge near V. D. Bertrand and Ambroise Chiasson.

 The Jury of freeholders appointed to trace a road from Alexander Broussard's land running North and then East to the corner of Alexis Breaux's land submitted the following report which was adopted; the road traced declared a public highway and the sum of $13.90 appropriated to pay all damages therein addressed.

   STATE OF LOUISIANA,
 PARISH OF LAFAYETTE

 We, Jos. W. Broussard, Alexis Breaux, Gustave Domingue, Ralph Foreman, Frank Foreman, Israel Prejean, do solemnly swear that I will lay out the road now directed to be laid out by the Police Jury of the parish of Lafayette, to the greatest case and advantage of the inhabitants and with as little prejudice to enclosure as may be without favor or affection, malice or hatred, and to the best of my skill and abilities. So help me God. And furthermore that I will truly assess all damage to proprietors caused by said road to the best of my judgment and ability.

 (Signed.) Gustave Domingue, R. L. Foreman, Alexis Breaux, Israel Prejean, J. W. Broussard.

 Subscribed and sworn to before me this 7th day of September, 1896.
         BEN AVANT, NOTARY PUBLIC.

 REPORT.

 We the undersigned Jury of freeholders, of the parish of Lafayette, duly appointed by the Police Jury of said parish to trace and lay out a public road leading from public road running East and West to Lafayette and Rayne public road, through the lands of the following proprietors to wit: Alex M. Broussard, Euclid Davis, Clet Louviere, Numa Chiasson, Eugene Trahan, Mrs. Theophile Breaux, Clet Louviere, Numa Chaisson, Alexander Domingue, Alexis Breaux, Theophile Trahan, to the corner of Donis Domingue, and Alexis Breaux having been notified of our appointment and of the time and place of the meeting by the person first named in said order of appointment and having severally taken and subscribed the foregoing oath and having given to each and every one of aforesaid proprietors in writing at least three days previous of the time and place of meeting and of the intended laying out of the said road through the lands of said proprietors which notice were duly served on said proprietors, did not meet on the 7th day of September, 1896, at Mrs. Coralie Breaux's, the place designated in said notices, and did then and there in the presence of the following named said proprietors, to wit: Alex M. Broussard, Euclid Davis and others proceed to trace and lay out said public road as follows:

 Beginning at the corner of the lands of Alcide Judice, Alex M. Broussard, at the S. W. corner, and S. E. corner of said proprietors and running thence through the lands of Theophile Trahan, Alexis Breaux and others for the distance of three and one-third miles thence through the lands of Alexander Broussard for the distance of ten arpents taking five feet on west side of his land which he donates having previously donated fifteen feet; thence through the land of Eugene Trahan, four arpents, twenty feet wide on east side of said land;  thence through lands of Clet Louviere for eight arpents North and South and the same for a distance of four and one-fourth arpents twenty feet wide which is hereby expropriated. Taking five wide on Mrs. Theophile Breaux's land for a distance of ten arpents, fifteen feet she previously donated; through the lands of Numa Chiasson for a distance of four and one-fourth arpents which he donates.

 Through lands of Alexander Domingue for a distance of four and a half acres, twenty feet wide, which we expropriate, on east side of land for a distance of nine arpents which we also expropriate; through lands of Theophile Trahan, nine and one-half arpents, fifteen feet was donated, five feet we expropriate.

 Thence on north side of said land, thirty was previously donated ten feet we hereby expropriated. Thence through land of Alexis Breaux, thence through the lands of Alcide Judice for a distance of twelve and one-half arpents, which we hereby appropriate. On the north side of Alexis Breaux between Neville Trahan and said Breaux for a distance of seven arpents said Breaux hereby donates, forty feet wide, along said line for a distance to seven arpents this completes said road of corner of Donis Domingue land and public Scott road the termination of said road which is forty feet wide throughout its entire length and so traced and staked out as to be plainly visible throughout its entire course; and we have caused to be made a plat of said road showing the location and course of said road the location of the lands of the different proprietors through which said road runs an the distance and quantity of land expropriated from each owner for said road which plat is annexed to this our report of said road for reference.

 And we further report that we said Jury of freeholders did on our oaths aforesaid assess the following damages to proprietors in compensation for their land so taken and expropriated for said road as follows to wit:  Eugene Trahan, $.65 cts., Alexander Domingue $2.10.

 Theophile Trahan, $4.45; Alcide Judice, $4.30, and to the other proprietors no damages were assessed as in our opinion the benefit of said fully compensates the value, of the land taken. Done at the parish of Lafayette, this 7th day of September, 1896. Gustave Foreman, Alexis Breaux, Frank Foreman, Israel Prejean, Jos. W. Broussard.
   
ENDORSEMENT OF CONSENT.

 I, one of the proprietors named in the written report do hereby consent to the location and direction of the road as described in the written report and accompanying plat, and hereby agree to accept the amount of damages allowed me by said jury of freeholders as by the written report set forth in full compensation of all damages by me sustained by reason of the expropriation of my land for use of said road.

 Signed and dated this 7th day of September, 1896. Euclid Davis, Alexander M. Broussard, Alexis Breaux, Numa Chiasson. Witnesses: Ralph Foreman, Alexis Breaux.

 The Jury of freeholders appointed to retrace, perfect and complete the public road running from Messrs. Begnaud's North East corner to J. J. Arceneaux's, there connecting with the Duson road, submitted the following report which was adopted, the road Traced, declared a public highway, and the sum of $119.20 set aside and appropriated to pay damages assessed:  We, Jean Billeaud, Arthur Billeaud, J. B. Peck, Bazile, Sonnier, J. J. Arceneaux, Eugene Leblanc do solemnly swear that we will lay out the road now directed to be laid out by the Police Jury of the Parish of Lafayette, to the greatest case and advantage of the inhabitations, and with as little prejudice to enclosure as may be without favor or affection, malice of hatred, and to the best of our will and abilities. So help me God.
   (To be continued next week.)

Lafayette Advertiser 10/10/1896.

     




 Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 10/10/1896.

 This is the opening day Mrs. W. B. Bailey's new Millinery store.

 Mrs. Numa Domengeaux of Breaux Bridge is visiting here sister, Mrs. Julien Mouton.

 Mr. Felix Salles of the firm Mouton and Salles went to New Orleans to-day to purchase a full winter stock.

 Mrs. John O. Mouton has been in New Orleans for the past week attending the fall openings and purchasing new stock.

 Judge C. Debaillon took two of his sons, Louis and George to St. James Parish, Monday and matriculated them in Jefferson College for the ensuing year.

 The well known figure of Mr. Walter Torian was seen on our streets Monday after a painful illness of many months he is again able to attend to regular business.

 J. W. Brown, Jr., was placed in the parish jail Wednesday night the attorney's in the case waiving a preliminary hearing. Full particulars will be published in our next issue.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/10/1896.











 From the Lafayette Advertiser of October 10th, 1891:


DISTRICT COURT.

 The regular jury term of the District Court convened Monday, Judge O. C. Mouton presiding. The grand jury was duly impaneled and Antoine Guidry appointed foreman. Judge Mouton delivered a very comprehensive and exhaustive charge, calling particular attention to the laws upon bribery.

 We noted that the following attorneys from a distance as being present: Hon. Murphy J. Foster, Henry L. Garland, Jr., Hon. C. H. Mouton, and A. R. Mitchell, Jr.

 Tuesday the attention of the Court was taken up by the case of Lehman, Stern & Co., of New Orleans, vs. Mrs. M. A. Broussard and others, Henry L. Garland, Jr., Esq., representing plaintiffs, and Judge C. Debaillon and Hon. C. H. Mouton representing defendants. Defendants filed exceptions, setting up that inasmuch as Mrs. Broussard's husband was not made a party to the suit she was not properly in court, and objected to the admission of evidence as against her; which objection was sustained by the Court. Plaintiffs' counsel excepted, and sued out writs of prohibition, certiorari and mandamus, returnable Friday.

 The grand jury made its final report Thursday evening and were discharged. They reported 22 "not true bills," and is "true bills." Lafayette Advertiser 10/10/1891.




In Safe Hands.

 Friday last week Mr. John Meyer, of Shiloh, Ill., arrived in our town for the purpose of taking home his daughter, Miss Emma, whose advent among us we mentioned last week. They left for Home Saturday. Mr. Meyer expressed himself as pleased that his daughter had fallen into such safe hands. Lafayette Advertiser 10/10/1891.














 
Building Our Lafayette High School. 

 On Friday, the 2nd inst., the Board of Directors of the Lafayette High School held a meeting relative to the erection of the school building. The plans and specifications submitted by Mr. C. H. Moise, architect, of Alexandria, were accepted and adopted. The plans and specifications are now on exhibition at the Crescent Hotel, in charge of Mr. Jno. Hahn, a member of the Board, and all parties desiring to contract for the creation of the building are invited to call and examine them and put in a bid. The Board will make some modifications and some additions to the plans. We expect to see this building, which is to have a strong influence upon the future of Lafayette, soon under construction.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/10/1891. 




To Benefit Amateur Brass Band.

 Our citizens should make it a point to liberally patronize the entertainment to be given by the Lafayette Amateur Brass Band, at Falk's Opera House, to-night. They have arranged a programme that cannot fail to interest, and a ball afterwards that will afford pleasure to all who participate. The 5-Landry Band, of Broussardville, have consented to furnish the ball music, which is assurance that it will be fine. Our boys are progressive and enterprising, and only need the incentive of popular appreciation to move them to increased effort to give our town the best band in Southwest Louisiana. Lafayette Advertiser 10/10/1891. 










 Accident On His First Day.

 Mr. Edgar Swindle, a young man from Jeanerette, had been waiting several months to get a job on the railroad. Tuesday he went to work in the yard at Lafayette. He had been at work but an hour or two when in making a coupling his right thumb was caught and crushed. A short, but not sweet, experience in railroading. Better luck next time, my boy. Lafayette Advertiser 10/10/1891.

Painful Accident.
Last Tuesday afternoon little Miss Loula McBride met with quite a painful accident. While playing with some children upon a trapeze, she fell off and broke both bones of her left forearm, about halfway between the wrist and elbow. Dr. N. P. Moss set the arm, and the little sufferer will be all right in a few weeks.. This is the fourth accident that has occurred to members of this family within the past year.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/10/1891.






The Cotton Crop.

 It seems to us that cotton is coming in too slowly, considering that it is well opened and we have had such fine weather for picking. Remember, we have been urging you to have your cotton picked as rapidly as possible, because as soon as the opportunity offers your labor is going to trot off down to the sugar plantations, and you will be left to hold the bag and see your cotton drop out in the field. Lafayette Advertiser 10/10/1891.












Police Jury Proceedings.

 Lafayette, La., Oct. 5th, 1891. - The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: C. P. Alpha, J. G. St. Julien, C. C. Brown, O. Theriot, Ford Huffpauir, R. C. Landry, A. D. Landry and A. A. Delhomme.

 The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved, after the following correction on page 137; The name of A. D. Landry was changed to that of R. C. Landry.

 The committee appointed to examine the Sheriff's statement made the following report:

 To the Hon. Police Jury: - We the undersigned committee appointed to compare the Sheriff's statement with the Treasurer's book, beg leave to report that we have found everything correct, showing collection and delinquent lists to be sixteen thousand, eighty-eight dollars and fifty-eight cents to date.
               C. C. LANDRY,
               R. C. LANDRY,
               ALF. A. DELHOMME.
        Sept. 7/91.
  The report was approved and the committee discharged.

 The petition of the citizens of township nine S. R. 3 E., representing the confusion boundary lines in that section and praying for the establishment of the corner posts of said township by a competent U. S. Surveyor, was read and on motion laid over.

 The jury of freeholders appointed to trace a public road in the 2nd ward, reported as follows:

 To the Hon. Police Jury: - We the undersigned jury of freeholders appointed and sworn to trace and lay off a public road from Mrs. N. Dugat's line to connect with the public road leading from Scott to Duson and to assess whatever damages may be done to the parties through whose land said road may pass, have traced and laid off said road as will be fully described by plate hereunto annexed. The following parties have donated the road along their respective lines: Vilcor Duhon, Jos. W. Broussard, Antoine Guidry, Phineas Foreman, Frank Foreman, Ralph Duhon. The following parties refused to donate, and we have expropriated their lands respectively: Mrs. N. Dugat, $6.25; Desire Robinson, $3.10; Mrs. Jos. Hebert, $5.00; Theophile Breaux, $3.10; Vilcor Foreman, $9.50; Ralph Foreman, $5.00; Frank Foreman, $3.10; Hines Huffpauir, $2.90; Marcel Broussard heirs, $3.10; Dominique heir, $15.50.
  (Signed) J. W. Broussard, Antoine Guidry, Israel Prejean, Vilcor Duhon, Burton Smith, John Nugent.

 On motion, the report was accepted the road declared a public highway, and the president authorized to receive titles to the land expropriated and have all the documents filed and recorded.

 The ordinance relative to to a road tax was again laid over.

 The following resolutions were adopted:

 I. Be it resolved, that a committee of two be appointed as an auditing committee to examine into all claims and accounts presented to the Police Jury for approval, and to recommend their approval or rejection.

 II. That this committee keep a record of all its transactions, and is further empowered to examine the Tax Collector and Treasurer's books, and such other matters as may be of interest to the parish.

 III. The committee shall be compensated at the same per diem as the Police Jurors, and shall meet prior to the session of the Police Jury, on such day as it may be proper to nominate.

 IV. No accounts shall be considered by the Police Jury unless first passed up on by the auditing committee.

 V. Be it further resolved, that the Police Jury shall pay no account for criminal costs, unless the case has been finally disposed of by the District Court and the auditing committee is hereby specially instructed to examine the files in criminal cases before passing upon any account coming under its supervision.

 On this committee were appointed C. P. Alpha and Judge C. Debaillon.

 By motion of Mr. Ford Huffpauir, all road overseers of the 2nd ward were discharged, and Bolden Huffpauir was appointed as road overseer for said ward.

 The treasurer submitted his monthly report, as follows:

 To the President and members of the Police Jury, parish of Lafayette:

 Gentlemen. - The following is a statement of the receipts and disbursements of of parish funds since last report:

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 Respectfully submitted,
              WM. CLEGG, Parish Treasurer.

 The following accounts were rejected:

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 The following accounts were laid over:

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 The following accounts were approved:

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 There being no further business the Police Jury adjourned.
C. P. ALPHA, President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/10/1891.


 City Council Proceedings.

 Lafayette, La., Oct. 5th, 1891.

 The City Council met this day in regular session and the following members were present to wit: Wm. Campbell, Mayor; J. E. Martin, Alfred Hebert, Gus. Lacoste, James Hannen, Numa Schayot, and Felix Demanade. Absent: L. F. Rigues.

 The minutes of the last meeting was read and approved.

 Resolved, that the resignation of Jos. F. Gardemal as deputy constable of this corporation be and is hereby accepted; and that the salary of C. H. Solomon be increased from $4o to $5o per month.

 Resolved, that the collector is hereby authorized to make a list of all delinquent tax payers and turn it over to a Justice of the Peace for collection.

 The following accounts were approved:

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 There being no further business the Council adjourned to next regular meeting.
WM. CAMPBELL, Mayor.
A. NEVUE, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/10/1891.


 School Board Proceedings.

      Lafayette La., October 3rd, 1891.
  The Board of School Directors of the Parish of Lafayette met this day in regular session, with the following members present: J. P. Francez, J. O. Broussard, T. Begnaud, M. Billaud, Jasper Spell and J. S. Whittington. Absent: Julian Mouton, S. Leblanc and D. Hulin.

 The President, Julian Mouton, not being present, Dr. J. P. Francez was elected president pro tem.

 The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

 The Finance committee submitted the following report, which was accepted:

  Lafayette, La., Oct. 3rd, 1891.
 To the Hon. President and members of the Board of School Directors for the parish of Lafayette:

 Gentlemen, - We the undersigned committee beg leave to report, that we have examined the books of the Treasurer and find the same correct; we have counted the money on hand and find the sum of $1,259.66 which correspond with his books. We also find a balance to the credit of the several wards, to-wit:

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 Respectfully submitted,
     J. O. BROUSSARD, JASPER SPELL.

 The Treasurer submitted the following report, which was accepted:

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 To balance on hand $1,253.66.
 Lafayette, Oct. 3rd, 1891.
     WM. CLEGG, Treasurer of S. F.

 The resignation of Miss A. Webb was received and accepted.

 The following petition was received and read, and on motion duly seconded, was subjected to the approval of the president.

 To the Hon. President and members of the School Board for the parish of Lafayette:

 We the undersigned citizens of the 3rd ward, wish to still continue the school known as the Torrence school, and as Miss Annie Webb will not  be able to teach the coming year, we desire you to appoint Mrs. Fred Webb as teacher for that school.

 Signed by Arthur Dugas, W. A. Philips, and fifteen others.

 The following petition was received and read, and on motion duly seconded, Mr. Lessin Thibodeaux was referred to Mr. Roy, the lessee of said lands.

 To the Hon. President and members of the School Board of the parish of Lafayette:

 Gentlemen, - Whereas, Mr. Lessin Thibodeaux being an old and indigent resident of this parish, unable to take care of himself, and whereas, Mr. Thibodeaux has the further misfortune of having a bed-ridden wife, we the undersigned voters of this parish, would respectfully petition your honorable body to allow him the use of the fifteen acres of school land situated where his residence now stands, free of all rent.
    (Signed) Simonet LeBlanc, Overton Cade, and 95 others.

 The following petition from the patrons of the 8th ward was received and read:
        Lafayette, La., Oct. 1st, 1891.
 To the President and members of the School Board of Lafayette Parish:

 Gentlemen, - We the undersigned citizens of the 8th ward, and patrons of the public school situated at Simeon Cormier, do hereby respectfully request of your honorable body to appoint as teacher of said school Mr. Philip Martin.

 On motion duly seconded and agreeable to the above, Mr. Philip Martin was appointed as teacher of said school.

 On motion of J. S. Whittington, seconded by M. Billaud, the Secretary was instructed to pay the teachers whose schools were closed during the time of the State Institute for their attendance at said Institute, the same as if their schools were in session at that time.

 The following accounts were approved:

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 There being no further business the Board adjourned.
J. P. FRANCEZ, President pro tem.
H. E. TOLL, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/10/1891.




Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 10/10/1891.

 Sunday a decided change in the weather set in, followed by a slight rain here, since then it has been cool, cloudy and windy. But this is only the forerunner of the mellow and delicious "Indian Summer" which is to follow.

 Thursday was a remarkably cool morning for this season of the year, and many persons report a slight frost.

 The recent cool snap has caused water fowls to visit us in killing quantities. Snipe, owing to dry weather, are very scarce. Quail are now ripe and plentiful, but the wees are yet too high to admit of fine sport in this line. Bayou Vermilion is in fine condition for fishing, and as soon as we have balmy weather again this sport will be fine.



 Mrs. Wm. Clegg has returned from her visit to New Orleans.

 Our old friend Capt. J. T. Dowdell was in town during the week.

 Mr. A. A. Mouton is making additions to his dwelling on Lee Avenue. 


Mrs. J. O.  Mouton returned home Friday from New Orleans where she had gone to select her fall and winter goods.

 Mrs. J. J. Revillon and daughter, Miss Louise, left Monday to spend the week in New Orleans.

 Mr. F. E. Girard left last week for New Orleans, where he goes to attend the Medical Department at Tulane.



Dr. H. C. Salles' handsome cottage, between the residence of Capt. L. F. Rigues and Mr. Albert Delahoussaye, was finished this week and turned over to its proprietor by the builder, Mr. Sarazin Broussard. It yet remains to be painted.

 New Iberia is trying hard to keep up with Lafayette. Last week they organized an athletic club. In the future we trust it and the Lafayette Athletic Club will make it interesting for each other.

A full line of the celebrated Tennent-Scribbling shoes, for men, ladies and children, at A. Labe's bazaar.

 Those who labor under the impression that we have nothing but "razor back: hogs in this country are sadly in error. Messrs. Pierre Gerac, John O. Mouton and F. Otto have some fine year-and-a-half old pigs that will compare favorably with hogs from anywhere.

 We are glad to note that our carpenters have all the work they can attend to and more ahead. When the carpenters are all kept busy it is a sign of general prosperity. They are the men that build up a town.

 Mr. Warren S. Gardiner, of Opelousas, was a pleasant visitor to our town on Sunday.

 Master Philip Clegg, after spending several months in the mountains of Tennessee, returned home a few days ago. 


Physicians' prescriptions are carefully and conscienciously filled at the MOSS PHARMACY.

 Our town is full of suckers just now - we mean those fellows on to the other end of a sugar cane. They bite well.

 A. Labe has just received a fresh supply of fresh groceries, candles, etc. He keeps nothing but the best.

 A. Labe has a full and select assortment of liquors, wines, cigars and tobacco as can be found in Lafayette.



Mrs. Chas. A. Augeron, at the Racke House, will have fresh sea fish for sale next Friday, 16th, inst., and every Friday thereafter until further notice.

Mr. Jos. A. Landry is erecting a building on his property adjoining Joe Pellerin's saloon, near the depot, which is to be used as an oyster saloon and barber shop.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/10/1891.






From the Lafayette Advertiser of October 10th, 1874:

"OUR TICKET."

 For State Treasurer: JOHN C. MONCURE, of Caddo.

 For Congress - Third District, JOSEPH A. BREAUX, of Iberia.

 EXECUVITIVE COMMITTEE OF THE PEOPLE'S PARTY OF THE PARISH OF LAFAYETTE:

 Alfred Peck, John S. Whittington, Joseph Boudreaux, Oneziphore Broussard, Sidney Greig, El. Eug. Mouton, L. Philibert Revillon.
Lafayette Gazette 10/10/1874.


PUBLIC MEETING AND BARBECUE.

 We are requested to state of the Indian Council No. 3, United Friends of Temperance, as Kinehall Chapell, Indian Point, parish of Vermilion, on Saturday the 17th of October 1874. Several speakers will address the meeting in behalf of the Temperance cause, after which refreshments will be served free to all present.

 In the evening political speakers from the parishes of St. Landry, Lafayette and Vermilion will address the audience.

 The people of the above named parishes are invited to attend.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/10/1874.




 White League Goes Back on its Name.

 Another thing we have lived to see - the white league party go back on its name. The State convention at Baton Rouge was called by the Democratic State Committee, and is adjourned without any name. The white league wing of the Parish convention here last Saturday, adopted a new name, we are informed. It resolved that it would sail under the Democratic Conservative banner hereafter. Now the white league pronunciamient0 published here April 17th, Inst.: "The white banner along can unite us. How shall we unite ?  Utterly impracticable under any organization now existing in the State. The name of Democracy has long since lost its charm among its former votaries. Decent people are disgusted with one and tired of the other, (Democracy and Liberalism,) considering that both are synonymous with defeat."

 If "decent people" are not "played out," they must have been disgusted with some of the phases of white league-ism last Saturday. But after such tirades against the name of Democracy, was not the effort to capture that name a little singular !  From the Opelousas Journal and in the Lafayette Advertiser 10/10/1874.



 Cain in New York.

 Mr. Edmond Cain, the well known merchant of this place will return from New York next week, with a large and select stock of fall and winter goods of all kinds and descriptions which he will sell at extraordinary low prices for cash.

 Mr. Joinville Hebert, the courteous and accomodating agent of Mr. Cain, requests us to inform his numerous friends that he will return to New Iberia immediately after Mr. C's. arrival, and will resume his position in Messrs. A. Lehman & Co's. establishment, where he will be always happy to see them. Lafayette Advertiser 10/10/1874.



 Police Jury Proceedings.

 According to adjournment, the Police Jury of the parish of Lafayette, met at the Court House on Monday the 5th October 1874, were present Gabriel Dubau, President; Jean Bernard, R. C. Landry, S. J. Montgomery and Rosemond LeBlanc.

 On motion of Mr. Bernard, the reading of the minutes was dispensed with and the minutes were signed.

 On motion of Mr. Dubau, the Report of the Grand Jury on the condition of the parish jail was read and laid on the table subject to call.

 On motion of Mr. R. C. Landry, the yeas and nays were taken on the adoption of the Report of the Committee or Jury appointed to assess the damages to owners of lands through which the road from Broussardville to the dividing line between the parishes of Lafayette and St. Martin and lead to Iberia passes as follows:  Yeas: G. Dubau, R. C. Landry, Jean Bernard and R. LeBlanc.  Nay: S. J. Montgomery. The report was adoted.

 On motion of Mr. Bernard the report of the committee appointed to cancel the parish warrants, was adopted and ordered to be printed, and said committee was ordered to proceed to burn all of said warrants as suggested.

 On motion of Mr. LeBlanc, the President appointed S. J. Montgomery, R. C. Landry and Jean Bernard on a committee to examine the report of the District Attorney pro tem, on the collection of the delinquent taxes due the parish, and cause such extracts thereof as they may deem necessary for public information, to be published.

 On motion of Mr. LeBlanc, the petition of the citizens of the 4th Ward praying that hogs should rove, was read and referred to a special committee, composed of Norbert Landry, Gustave St. Julien and Martial Billaud.

 On motion of Mr. Bernard, it was resolved, that the sum of fifty dollars be and the same was appropriated for the relief of John Mouton, an old in-firmed colored man, and that a parish warrant issue for the same to the order of Jean Bernard.

 On motion of Mr. Bernard, it was resolved that the sum of fifty dollars be and the same is appropriated for the relief of John Turner an old indigent colored man and that a warrant issue the same to the order of M. F. Rigues, Esqr.

 On motion of Mr. Dubau the use of the Court House was and is granted to the Hyperion Band of Vermilionville, to give one ball therein ;  provided that after the ball every thing therein be replaced in good order.

 On motion of Mr. Montgomery the petition of Mr. Ford Hoffpauir asking compensation for a bridge built by him on the Indian coulee was read and referred to a committee composed of S. J. Montgomery, D. Hebert and Marcel G. Broussard.

 The following ordinance presented by Mr. R. C. Landry was read and passed, viz:

 On Ordinance to Establish a Public Road from Broussardville, to the dividing line between the Parishes of Lafayette and St. Martin and Leading to New Iberia.


Be it ordained, That there shall be a public road, from Broussardville, in the parish of Lafayette, to the dividing line between said parish and the parish of St. Martin, leading towards New Iberia, and running through the lands of Valsin Broussard, Madame Maximilian Landry, Belisaire Broussard, Paulin Desseus, E. D. Pellerin, Lucien Duhon, Duplessis Landry and the other proprietors, named by the diagram marked A filed on the 5th of October 1874 by C. H. Mouton, clerk of the Police Jury, and kept for reference in the archives of this Police Jury.

 Be it further ordained, that the sum of one hundred and eighty dollars, be and the same is hereby appropriated to Clet Landry and the sum of seven dollars and fifty cents be and the same is hereby appropriated to Aurelien Boulay, said amounts to be paid by parish warrants, to be issued to the order of said parties respectively, in full satisfaction for right of way and damages, for the running of said road over their lands ;  provided that said warrants shall not be issued before the aforesaid road shall be opened and delivered to the use of the public.  On motion of Mr. Dubau, it was resolved by Police Jury of the parish of Lafayette, that there shall be established nine polls or voting places in said parish until otherwise ordained and the same are hereby fixed and established at the following places, to-wit:

 In the first ward there shall be one poll or voting place at the house of Belizaire Cormier, designated as Poll No. 1, and another poll or voting place at Zephirin Boudreau's house designated as Poll No. 2.

 In the third ward there shall be one poll or voting place at the Court House of this parish, designated as Poll No. 1, and another poll or voting place at the store of Mr. Jean Bernard, designated as poll No. 2.

 In the fourth ward, there shall be a poll or voting place at Royville, in the ballroom of Jacques Bonnemaison, designated as Poll No. 1, and another poll or voting place at Jean Simon's store, designated as Poll No. 2.

 In the fifth ward there shall be one poll or voting at Broussardville at Hervillien Broussard's designated as Poll No. 1.

 Resolved ;  that the following persons be and hereby appointed commissioners of election, to preside over the same at the different polls, herein above established, to-wit:

 Adolphe Broussard, P. L. Riu and Joseph Brasseaux, are appointed commissioners of election for Poll No. 1, at Belizaire Cormier, in the first ward. Zephirin Boudreau, Charles A. Boudreu and John Caruthers are appointed commissioners of election for Poll No. 2 at Zephirin Boudreau in the first ward.

 H. Jamieson, Valery Breaux and Gerazim Doucet, are appointed commissioners of election for Poll No. 2. at Clemille Trahan's store in the second ward. Ford Hoffpauir, Theophile Breaux and Alexandre Breaux, are appointed commissioners of election for Poll No. 1, at Ford Hoffpauir's in the second ward.

 R. L. McBride, Louis Roger and J. J. Caffery, are appointed commissioners of election for Poll No. 1, at the Court House in the third ward. V. E. Dupuy, Antheole Bernard and P. D. Guilbeau, are appointed commissioners of election for Poll No. 2, at Jean Bernard's store in the third ward.

 Numa Boudreau, Edmond Comeau and Overton Cade, are appointed commissioners of election for Poll No. 1 at Royville in the fourth ward. E. L. Hebert, Lessie Guidry and C. T. Patin, are appointed commissioners of election for Poll No. 2, at the store of Jean Simon, in the fourth ward.

 J. Gustave St. Julien, Hilaire Bernard and Sidney Greig, are appointed commissioners of election for the Poll No 1, at Broussardville, at Hervillien Broussard in the fifth ward.

 On motion of Mr. Dubau, the clerk of this body was ordered to give notice of their appointment to the commissioners of election, the day appointed and to give notices also to the persons at whose houses the election polls have been established, said notices to be handed to the constable or this body, to be by him served on said persons.

 On motion of Mr. Duhon, the report of the committee on Public Works, in regard to the digging of half moon on the Bayou Vermilion, near Vermilion Bridge was accepted and said committee is hereby authorized and empowered to make a written contract with Mr. Perry Moses for the digging of said half moon according to the specifications of his proposals. and to fix the time to when said work is to be finished and delivered, said work to be paid for in parish warrants to be drawn by order of said committee, when said work will be accepted by said committee.

 On motion of Mr. Dubau, Resolved that the Supervisor of Registration of this parish, be and he is hereby authorized and empowered to purchase nine poll books for the use of the next election and to present his vouchers for payment.

 On motion of Mr. Dubau; Resolved that hereafter no parish warrants shall be issued payable to order ;  but that said warrants shall be issued payable to the person to whom the amount will be due, and that said warrants shall be receivable in payment only for taxes and other sums which the drawer may owe to the parish, personally ;  and that all resolutions or ordinances contrary to and conflicting with this resolution, are hereby repealed.

 On motion of Mr. Dubau, Resolved that after the 31st of October 1874, the District Attorney pro tem, is ordered to cause executions to issue on all the judgments due the parish of Lafayette, and to proceed to the collection of the same.

 On motion of Mr. Dubau, Resolved that the District Attorney pro tem, be and is hereby ordered to discontinue the Injunction suit against the Tax Collector of this parish, prohibiting him to collect the taxes due this parish, and to compel him to furnish an additional Bond in favor of the parish as Tax Collector ;  and the resolution passed July 12th, 1874, authorizing the institution of this suit be and the same is hereby repealed.

 [The list of accounts allowed are necessarily crowded out this week, they will be published in our next issue. - Editor.]

 On motion of Mr. Jean Bernard, the Police Jury then adjourned until the next regular session.
G. DUBAU, President.
C. H. MOUTON, Clerk of the Police Jury.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/10/1874.





LAGNIAPPE:
PRISON LIFE.


TRICKS OF CONVICTS TO KILL TIME.
  

 Prisoners Who Deliberately Maim Themselves for a Purpose and Others Who Incite Incipient Mutinies.
 


 There are many incidents in the prison life of convicts that are out of the ordinary, and may be said to form part of their pleasures, although some are weird and tragic enough in themselves to be classed as anything but pleasures. I recollect on one occasion that I was appointed a special "trusty" over a tall lank, dark featured young southerner who, in a moment of hopeless desperation, had cut his throat. Teddy, as we will call him, had been a headstrong boy, and his parents could not control him, and, after a youthful vagabondage, he had enlisted in the regular army, where he was always in trouble. When under my care in the special hospital ward to which he had been sent he related much of his past life to me, and I learned that he had attempted to take his life when he was a soldier in the same manner as he had done in State prison. He was not a bad sort of fellow, but being of a sensitive nature, as well as unreasonable, he allowed his gloomy thoughts to master him, and this would result in periods of depression and subsequent desperation, and he cared not what he said or did. In fact, he was inclined to emotional insanity.

 One night, while my fellow trusty and I were engaged in conversation, he lay on his cot pondering over his gloomy fate, when something we said aroused him and he flew into a rage, got up and grappled me in a desperate manner. I quickly flung him back on his cot and pinioned him, telling my fellow trusty - a mere boy - to ring up the guard. It was a terrible struggle to keep him in subjection until the guard arrived, for his frenzy gave him almost superhuman strength. He quieted down as soon as the guard arrived and said he was a fool for getting into such a temper, and as he feared the straightjacket he promised to behave himself in the future. He, however, in another of his frenzied attacks attempted to tear open the wound in his throat, and it was by no means an easy matter to prevent him doing so. But a reasonable and sympathetic talk generally conquered his excitability. He finally was sent to the insane asylum.

 One morning as prayer was being said in the prison chapel one of the convicts set up a howl and began barking like a dog, after which he clapped his hands - one, two, three; one, two, three - and this caused a general murmur of mixed merriment and expectation. Two guards immediately passed to the end of the form on which he was sitting, and were hustling him out of the chapel, when he flew into a rage, struggled with them and hurled horrible curses at them as well as at the officiating chaplain, who was a particularly obnoxious man to the prisoners. Whether the fellow was insane or not I cannot say. The prison authorities thought he was not, and he was roundly punished for his escapade.

 On another occasion as we were marching into the hall for supper one of the convicts gave a howl, threw up his arms and dropped dead on the floor - a fellow convict had stabbed him. There was some enmity between the two and it resulted in the death of both.

 Malingering is a very general method among convicts to shirk the monotony of the labor consequent of their imprisonment. Anything that will relieve the tediousness and is at hand is brought into action. One here in the quarry will mash his finger in order that he may be sent into the hospital. Another there will - quite accidentally , of course - fall down the corridor steps and sustain such injuries as to insure a quite time of convalescence on a hospital diet, and so forth; but the prison doctor is au fait with all classes of malingerers, and uses his experience in treating such as come before him. Consequently the times often anticipated never materialize.

 I know one ignorant, soft headed fellow who became really ill by eating the soap he was allowed with which to perform his daily ablutions. Often had cases come before me where soap eating had put men into a feeble state of health and lent a sickly aspect to their countenances, but this fellow was sick and no mistake. After a course of treatment which was in itself as bad as the cause for it, he was, however, restored and sent to solitary confinement as a further punishment. He never ate soap again, but, I may remark, he was subsequently poisoned by eating some of the vegetable growth around where he, with his fellows, was wont to labor.

 All things considered, the malingerer comes out only second best, but it must be a terrible punishment that causes men to resort to it in order to lighten their burdens.

 The two most notable cases I ever met of this kind were where a man boldly put his foot under a falling mass of stone in the quarry, causing it to be terribly crushed, and to be eventually amputated; and, in the second case, where a man feigned rheumatism and underwent every conceivable torture at the hands of the prison physician, who knew the fellow was shamming.

 Then another phase of life arises from the incipient mutinies that take place from one cause or another. It is somewhat plausible to even the most "model" prisoner to listen to a crowd of his fellows singing and shouting in uproar when something has arisen that has irritated them. This something is a varied thing in itself. It may be a mean and cowardly guard in charge, or it may mean some obnoxious order given by the Warden, or it may mean the derision of some sneaking "trusty" who has got one of his fellows into trouble, or it may mean the wailing of some raw recruit who has not got over his first terror at confinement, or it may mean nothing more than the pure deviltry of one or two incorrigibles who have become desirous of making things lively for themselves and their guards.

 The ringleaders of these outbreaks are sought out and punishment is meted out to them, but often an innocent man is the selected culprit. The old jailbirds start the tumult, and knowing the impressionability of their fellows, allow these latter to keep it up, while they lapse into silence or read their Bibles, and of course the guard never suspects any of them of insubordination while thus full of suggestion, and being somewhat conversant with the men in the ring, they soon convince the guard that, say 618, started the row.


 From the New York Herald and in the Lafayette Advertiser of 10/10/1891.



LAGNIAPPE:
A DRY-LAND FISH.

 C. F. Holder tells of how, some years ago, a detachment of troops doing duty in Africa, came upon a level stretch of country, perfectly dry and devoid of the least suspicion of moisture, yet while they were digging holes for the posts of their tents one of the number unearthed a fish, dry, as a chip - a long, eel-like member of the finny tribe, coiled in a ball, seemingly encased in a mud cocoon. The fish was supposed to be mummified and taken as a curiosity. Finally, after a lapse of several weeks, it fell into the hands of a naturalist, who placed it in water. The mud of the cocoon slowly dissolved; the fish gave a gasp and was soon swimming about at a lively rate. Here was a singular example of a fish living out of water. It belonged to a group known as "lung fishes," the members of which have the peculiar faculty of migrating over land and of being able to exist not merely for days but for months out of the water. At certain seasons the small lakes and ponds of the "Dark Continent" dry up, and, were it not for some provision which enable these fish to live throughout this dry season it is evident that they would have long, since become extinct. In this case, as in all the others whose nature is interested, provision, has been made by overland to other streams or lives in a semi-desecrated state until the return of the wet season.

Original source unknown. In the Lafayette Advertiser 10/10/1891.




 From the Lafayette Advertiser of October 10th, 1911:

ALGIERS SHOP.
May Be Moved to Lafayette - Southern Pacific Said to be Considering It.

 It was admitted at the offices of the Southern Pacific morning that the company contemplates moving the Algiers shops to Lafayette.

 Nothing definite has been done in the matter thus far, but the company is looking for a desirable site in Lafayette, because it is considered more central than Algiers.

 Between 700 and 800 men are employed in the Algiers shops and the monthly pay roll is close to $50,000. The present pay roll is close to $50,000. The present labor troubles, and previous ones, it is understood, have induced the Southern Pacific officials to look for a more desirable location - one where the shops can be fenced in and more protection given than is afforded in Algiers to men working during a strike.

 It is understood that a site of 100 or 150 acres is sought at Lafayette. Machinists, boiler-makers, blacksmiths, sheet metal workers, painters, decorators, car repairers, skilled mechanics and their helpers are employed in Algiers, and the removal of the shops would be a severe blow to New Orleans. In addition to the employment furnished several hundred men the money they expend in living is considerable. This would also be lost to Algiers and New Orleans proper. From the N. O. Item and in the Lafayette Advertiser 10/10/1911.  

    









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