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From the Lafayette Advertiser of October 12th, 1904:


 On Lincoln Avenue Thursday Afternoon Between Prof. W. J. Avery, Principal of High School, and Mr. Albert Delahoussaye. The Latter Received a Severe Neck Wound.

Last Thursday evening a most unfortunate and lamentable personal altercation occurred on Lincoln avenue between Professor W. J. Avery, principal of the High School and Mr. Albert Delahoussaye, the well known baker.

 As a result of the difficulty Mr. Delahoussaye sustained several wounds, one of which inflicted upon the neck near the jugular vein with a small penknife was quite severe - a slightly deeper incision would necessarily have proved fatal. However by prompt surgical attention from Drs. G. A. Martin, F. E. Girard, and A. R. Trahan, serious consequences were prevented and the wounded man conveyed home where he soon recovered from the shock and is now pronounced out of danger.

 The trouble originated over a matter of school discipline concerning one of Mr. Delahoussaye's children, and it appears that Mr. Delahoussaye smarting under the impression that wrong had been done, his child, proceeded to interview Prof. Avery about the affair:

 Overtaking the professor near Mr. Allingham's residence Mr. Delahoussaye accused him of taking advantage of his child and upon denial of this by Prof. Avery a violent and abusive discussion arose resulting in a personal encounter as stated.

 Professor Avery declares that Mr. Delahoussaye descended from his vehicle and after the most insulting and abusive language attempted to administer him a horsewhipping. It was only after repeated assaults with a buggy whip, and blows from the fist that Professor Avery felt compelled to draw a small penknife and use it in self defense. Prof. Avery also maintains that he had not been personally acquainted with Mr. Delahoussaye and when first accosted had to enquire his name.

 In a statement made for publication Mr. Delahoussaye declares that he sought Professor Avery for the purpose of having an explanation relative to the chastisement of his child; that upon overtaking Prof. Avery walking homeward he invited to drive him home in order to afford opportunity for the explanation; that Prof. Avery declined to enter his vehicle although repeatedly urged to do so; that thereupon he descended from his buggy and charged the professor with whipping and taking undue advantage of his child; that after a warm discussion he struck Professor Avery with his fist and he appeared to stagger as if to fall; that Prof. Avery then drew a knife and although requested to put it away he refused and in the melee cut Mr. Delahoussaye's coat; that he denounced Prof. Avery as a coward for drawing the knife; that not wishing to continue the trouble under the circumstances he returned to his vehicle, when the idea suggested itself of using his buggy whip to counter-balance Prof. Avery's weapon; that upon returning to the assault he used the whip until he felt himself severely wounded.

 Deputy Sheriff Peck, arrested Professor Avery who had returned to town for that purpose and lodged him in jail. On Friday evening Judge Debaillon, on application of attorneys Chas. D. Caffery, Jos. A. Chargois and Crow Girard, admitted the prisoner to bail in the sum of $500 which surety was immediately furnished.

 The Advertiser leaving the merits of the case to be determined by judicial investigation, cannot refrain from expressions of deep regret at the outcome of what seems to have been a comparatively trivial matter, especially when considered in light of jeopardy to the lives of useful and intelligent citizens. We sincerely believe the corps of public school teachers of our town fully up to any reasonable standard to efficiency and capability and would plead for that hearty co-operation of parents and teachers to the end that peace and harmony reign and the interest of all may be subserved.

 In any event, the intelligence and devotion of the local school authorities will afford ample recourse for the rectification of any possible wrong or injustice on the part of the school faculty in the administration of discipline.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/12/1904.

To My Friends.

 I take this means to thank my friends for their sympathy and help during my recent troubles, and to say that I consider myself under lasting obligations to them They could not have done more for me.
                      Very truly,
                             W. J. AVERY.

Laf. Advertiser 10/12/1904.


 For Judge 18th Judicial District, PHILIP S. PUGH, of Crowley.

 For District Attorney, 18th Judicial District, WM. CAMPBELL, of Lafayette.

 For Judge of First Degree of the First Circuit Court of Appeals, JULIAN MOUTON.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/12/1904.



 Nicholas Hebert, a Young Railroad Fireman, Falls From His Engine and Has Arm Crushed.

 Last Sunday afternoon as Nicholas Hebert, a fireman on the Morgan road, was oiling his engine while in motion, lost his balance and fell under the wheels sustaining serious injuries. The unfortunate young man was brought home and Drs. A. R. Trahan, J. D. Trahan, and J. F. Mouton found it necessary to amputate the right arm. At last accounts young Hebert was progressing favorably toward recovery although maimed for life. A sad feature of this worthy young man's misfortune is that he was the only support of a widowed mother.  Lafayette Advertiser 10/12/1904.

The Great Zanzic in Lafayette.

 People who go to a turgid melodrama and revel in the intense scenes, or to a murder trial and become excited over the evidence that directly acquits or convicts the prisoner will find a new line of strenuous thought and theory by consulting Zanzic, the great palmist and student of occult sciences. His readings are the development of a telepathic gift or power enabling him to go right into the secret thoughts of his clients and by their will request answers and advises them correctly, in many instances bringing comfort and hope to people who are always anxious of their future warfare. Any force or theory that can go right into our past, present and future lives and tell us our hope, fears, desires and even suggest ideas for our betterment, must certainly prove interesting. Zanzic will remain but 10 days in Lafayette. He is located over Mouton Sisters' Millinery Store. Lafayette Advertiser 10/12/1904.

The Children's Department.

 When the managers of the great Floto Shows organized this beautiful exhibition, they did not forget that to please and amuse the little folk is to please and amuse the entire world.

 With this thought in mind they have added to their already costly shows a department for the children, including many fairyland features, the beauties o which have never been equaled by any similar exhibition.

 In the parade will be seen many costly miniature wagons, floats, tableaux and open cages containing the smaller species of the animal kingdom. One hundred beautiful Shetland ponies, 100 dogs of species and sizes; scores of rare birds, baby elephants and monkeys too numerous to count. These are all for the children and each and every little performs its respective part in the difficult program arranged by Prof. D. G. Markel, the king of animal trainers. Lafayette Advertiser 10/12/1904.

Railway Wrecks. - During the past week several very serious and disastrous wrecks have occurred on the division of the Southern Pacific between Houston and New Orleans. A collision of passenger trains at China, near Beaumont, resulted in the injury of some fifteen or twenty persons. A disastrous freight wreck last Monday near Iberia resulted in the total destruction by fire of nearly the entire train and the killing of one man. Lafayette Advertiser 10/12/1904.


Dr. Z. J. Francez, a prominent young physician of Carencro, and Miss Lilly Johnson of Crowley, were married at the home of the bride last Wednesday morning, Rev. Father Van Alfen officiating. The young couple will make Carencro their future home. The Advertiser extends to the doctor and his lovely bride a full measure of happiness and prosperity.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/12/1904.

Methodist Orphanage.

 Rev. C. C. Wier, for many years the beloved pastor of the local Methodist church, has recently been appointed to canvass the State in the interest of the proposed State Orphanage. Last Sunday Rev. Wier preached to a large congregation in the Methodist church and secured some $200.00 in cash subscriptions in aid of his benevolent enterprise. It is understood that quite a handsome amount has already been secured and the purpose is to erect cottages instead of one large building or the asylum.

 The institution will be located at that point offering the best inducements. Rev. Harper and his good people will put in a bid for Lafayette. The character and importance of this enterprise should impress upon our progressive citizens the opportunity within grasp, and no doubt prompt and concerted action will be the response to the call for inducements.

 Propositions will now be received by the committee consisting of Revs. J. D. Harper, H. H. White, J. I. Sawyer and C. C. Wier. Lafayette Advertiser 10/12/1904.

 Satsuma Oranges.

 Mr. T. J. Lacy, proprietor of the Mount Hope Nursery, Washington, La., last week presented The Advertiser with a bunch of the Satsuma orange, a species well adapted to this climate and soil, resisting the effects of severe cold and frosts by its hardy stock and peculiar nature. The excellent character of this fruit can only be appreciated by tasting and Mr. Lacy after Oct. 20, will deliver the oranges to customers at $1.50 per hundred. Write him for trees or fruits.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/12/1904.

 Railway Wrecks.

 During the past week several very serious and disastrous wrecks have occurred on the division of the Southern Pacific between Houston and New Orleans. A collision of passenger trains at China, near Beaumont, resulted in the injury of some fifteen or twenty persons. A disastrous freight wreck last Monday near Iberia resulted in the total destruction by fire of nearly the entire train and the killing of one man. Lafayette Advertiser 10/12/1904. 

 District Court.

 District Court continued in session until last Saturday morning, occupied with the disposition of civil and criminal business. Other than a number of divorce suits instituted and pending the civil cases were of little note. Judge Debaillon sentenced the following persons for the offenses indicated:
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 Lafayette Advertiser 10/12/1904.


City Council Proceedings.

Lafayette, La., October 3, 1904.

 - A regular meeting of the city council was held this day with Mayor Chas. Caffery presiding. Members present: Felix Demanade, A. E. Mouton, M. Rosenfield, Geo. A. DeBlanc, Henry Fontenot, D. V. Gardebled, John O. Mouton.

 Moved and seconded that minutes of last regular meeting be approved as read. Carried.

 Moved and seconded that report of finance committee be approved as read and spread on the minutes. Carried.

 Report of Finance Committee from Feb. 1, 1904, to Aug. 1, 1904:

 The collector has collected in taxes, licenses, light water, etc., from May 1, to Aug. 31, $2,607.40; his commission at 3 per cent is $78.22, for which the Council should issue warrant to date.

 Treasurer's report for the month of September, 1904:

 Respectfully submitted,
             F. V. MOUTON, Treasurer.

 Moved and seconded that street committee be authorized to have the streets worked and drained. carried.

 The following bills were approved:

 The secretary reported the following warrants drawn during the month of September and up to date and same was ordered spread on the minutes. Carried.


   Nos. -
   640 to C. F. Melchert, freight car of oil T. & N. O. No. 17706 ... $56.90.
   641 to C. F. Melchert, labor, week end'g Sept. 9-04 ... $28.25
   642 to C. F. Melchert, labor, week end'g Sept. 16-04 ... $30.80.
   643 to Heywood Bros. car fuel T. & N. O. 17706 ... $167.79
   644 to C. F. Melchert, labor,  week ending Sept. 23-04 ... $30.10
   645 to C. F. Melchert, freight T. & N. O. 17443 ... $46.62
   646 to C. F. Melchert, salary for month of September ... $125.00
   647 to J. E. Ard. salary for month of September ... $75.00
   648 to C. F. Melchert, labor, week ending Sept. 30 ... $31.25.

 Be it ordained that the regular tax to meet the current expenses for the year 1904 be levied and fixed at 7 1/2 mills on the dollar on the assessed valuation of property in this town, as shown by the assessment roll for the year 1904. Adopted.

 There being no further business Council adjourned.
            CHAS. D. CAFFERY, Mayor.
   J. P. COLOMB, Ass't. Secretary.
  Lafayette Advertiser 10/12/1904.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 10/12/1904.

 Dr. F. E. Girard visited New Iberia Sunday for the purpose of attending a meeting of the Elks.

 The many friends of Sidney Alpha will regret to learn of his being confined to bed.

For low rates to the World's Fair via the Texas and Pacific Railway, ask any ticket Agent, or write E. P. Turner, General Passenger Agent, Dallas, Texas.

 Miss Aimee Thibodaux, a Dormitory girl, went to Thibodaux Friday to attend the funeral of her grandmother.

 Spare ribs, corned beef and sauerkraut, at Prudhomme & McFaddin's.

 Don L. Caffery, of Jennings, was in Lafayette this week. His many friends were glad to 

 Our friend Ike Broussard was in town yesterday and paid us a visit.

 Dr. J. D. Trahan was on the sick list last week.

 Mrs. Crow Girard and Miss Maxim Beraud left Monday for St. Louis.

 Fall vegetables are getting better every day. Try some of the nice ones at Bunt's.

 Robt. H. McFaddin, after a stay of several weeks at the World's Fair, has returned to Lafayette.

 Misses Ruth and Julia Huff have accepted positions with C. E. Tailor & Co., at the new store recently opened across the railroad.

 Mr. and Mrs. James Hannen, who have been residing in New Iberia for the past fourteen months, have returned to Lafayette, where they will make their future home. Lafayette Advertiser 10/12/1904.

 From the Lafayette Gazette of October 12th, 1901:


 While the court and grand juries in this parish have done their duty toward the enforcement of the Sunday law, it is a well-known fact that in many of the adjoining towns there has been a shameful disregard of that statute. In his charge to the grand jury Judge Debaillon very truthfully said that a failure to enforce one law breeds contempt for all laws, and a contempt for the laws leads inevitably to anarchy. The judge is right. Every law upon the statute books should be respected, regardless of its popularity or unpopularity.

 If it were left to the citizens to select those laws which, in his opinion, should be enforced, and those which should not be enforced, society would before long drift into anarchy. There is no law which is not distasteful to some, for no one has yet "felt the halter draw with good opinion of the law." The horse-thief doubtless thinks that the law against horse-stealing is a legal iniquity, intended to deprive him of one of his time-honored rights. The hog-thief naturally looks upon the law punishing larceny as an infringement on one of his dearest privileges. The highwayman no doubt considers the law against the law against robbery an iniquitous invention of society to put a stop to an exciting and lucrative form o amusement.

 It is not the business of the officers and the grand juries to decide whether or not the law is wise. The law is always wise, and it is always the part of wisdom to obey it. Judge Debaillon's charge to the jury had the right ring, and we believe it is calculated to bear good fruit. Lafayette Gazette 10/12/1901.




No Concealed Weapons in Laf.

 We note that in certain parishes the press commends the action of the courts in imposing a fine of $25 for each violation of the law against the carrying of a concealed weapon. Judge Debaillon, of this district, has fined violators of this statute as much as $75 and $100 and costs, and as he has made up his mind to do his best to break up this pernicious habit, which has been the cause of the homicides committed, the penalty may be increased.
Lafayette Gazette 10/12/1901. 

 $3 Library. - An agency of the Martin Library Company has been established in Lafayette with Miss Annie Betts as librarian. Three dollars will entitle the subscriber to have access to the library, consisting of at least fifty volumes, during a term of five years. An additional fee of 10 cents will be paid quarterly. The books will be changed four times a year, thereby making it possible to secure all the current works of merit.
Lafayette Gazette 10/12/1901.


 The farmers have seen from last week's Gazette that a long and handsome premium list will be offered to exhibitors.

 They are urged to bring out their produce and compete. If they can't win the first prize they may win one of the other two, and if they fail to secure any they will have the satisfaction of knowing that they have contributed their share to a plan which has for its sole object the improvement of agricultural methods in a parish whose thickly settled area will compel the adoption of more intensive methods in the future. God helps those who help themselves and if the farmers will only come together in a competitive way it will go far towards stimulating exertion.

 Mr. A wins first prize for cotton, B for corn, C for cane and so on. The others will immediately find out the why and wherefore and in the future apply the same remedy. Take cane for instance. The average tonnage is about 15 tons per acre. This can easily be doubled on the same land with very little extra expense.

 Remember that this fair is only a starter in what is intended to be an annual fair, to which the future, outsiders will be invited; if not to compete, to witness the competition. That if the farmers take an interest in the matter, an organization of farmers and business men will be perfected to give a fair on grand scale, which will bring from five to fifteen thousand dollars of outside money into the parish annually, which will enable the management to give a great annual show which will take the place of the old time circus which annually carried away from home that much money. Such a fair, of course, should be at the county seat.

 Exhibitors should send in their exhibits, except live stock, in the early part of the week, care of P. A. Delhomme, chief of the bureau of installation, and every article should be labeled plainly with name of exhibitor, date of planning and harvesting, number of acres in cultivation, produce per acre, stating whether new or old ground, fertilized or not; for the guidance of the committee on award.

 An able corps of speakers will discourse to the farmers in English and French on different subjects of interest and pleasure will combine with profit to make the day one of much recreation.

 Lafayette Gazette 10/12/1901.

The Flying Horses Monday and a Ball at Falk's Opera-house Wednesday Night.

 The Lafayette Band, which was organized a short time ago, has made remarkable progress. The leader and members deserve much credit for the interest they are taking in the success o the organization and they should be helped liberally by the people of the town. The members not only give their time, but they contribute largely toward the maintenance of the band, and that portion of the community who appreciate the splendid benefits derived from a well-managed musical organization should respond to the appeal for financial aid. No town, unless it is dead or on the eve of seeking the services of the undertaker, should be without a first-class brass band. Lafayette is now offered an excellent opportunity to have a band which, in point of artistic merit, will be equal to any other amateur musical organization in the whole country. But in order to attain it must have the united backing of the people. It must be equipped with the necessary instruments, and other expenses are incurred and must be paid.

 For the purpose of raising much needed funds the management of the flying horses has been prevailed upon to give a benefit for the band on Monday evening and on Wednesday night a ball will be given at Falk's hall for the same worthy cause. Lafayette Gazette 10/12/1901.     

Artist Rendering.

 B. A. Wickstrom, the well-known New Orleans artist, is spending some time in Lafayette. He is the guest of Dr. F. E. Girard. While in this section Mr. Wickstrom's brush is not idle as he is availing himself of the opportunity afforded by the beautiful natural scenery along the Vermilion.
Laf. Gazette 10/12/1901.

Lecture at the Institute.

 During the month of November the first of a series of lectures will be given at the Industrial Institute. These lectures, we understand, are being inaugurated for various reasons. They are intended as a means not only of entertainment to the students and the public in general, but also of education to every one that attends; so that, while the audiences will be promised entertaining and highly enjoyable performances, they may be sure of reaping a better harvest of mental breadth and depth.

 But there is another great good which must needs follow in the wake of these entertainments, and that is the maintenance of a closer relationship between the people and patrons of Lafayette on one hand, and the Institute, its faculty, and general influences on the other. The faculty, we are confident, will do their utmost through the means of these lectures to bring about great educational good to all who will permit themselves to be brought under the influence of the lecturers.

 The first lecture will be given under the management of the Southern Lyceum Bureau and will be by Mr. Edward P. Elliot. The entertainment will really consist in an impersonation of all the characters in some popular and well-known comedy. Further information will be given in these columns concerning the exact play to be impersonated, the day of the lecture, admission fee, etc.

 Speaking of one of Mr. Elliot's entertainments the Washington (Iowa) Press says: "It was as neat and dainty as a lace-fringed handkerchief, delicately perfumed and - dropped by a beauty - to be picked up." The Times- Democrat (New Orleans) says: "The changes were many and marvelous, and the ensemble the height of artistic development."
 Lafayette Gazette 10/12/1901.

Will Hold Their Annual Convention in Lafayette, October 30 and 31.

 The tenth annual convention of the Christian Endeavorers of the western district of Louisiana will be held in the Presbyterian church, in Lafayette, on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct 30 and 31. A large number of delegates from the various towns in the district are expected to be present. The program, which is printed below, contains much of interest to the society and its well-wishers. The program is as follows:

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 Lafayette Gazette 10/12/1901.






 Writing from Dexter, Iowa, to the Republican Idea o Abbeville, Mrs. Ella C. Moody has the following to say about the public schools in that State:

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 The great West has progressed more rapidly than any other section of the Union and the cause is not difficult to find. The man who settled in the West understood that the first thing to do to build up the country was to have a good public schools, and it was not necessary to tell him that in order to secure good schools he had to raise the money by taxation. That was the only practical way and the sturdy pioneer of the Western plains went immediately to work and the result of his efforts is seen to-day in a magnificent system of free schools. The older States in the South, first hampered by the institution of slavery, then by a cruel and disastrous war, followed by the terrible era of reconstruction, have made but little headway toward education, compared with their younger sisters of the West. And Louisiana, though a much older State, may profit by the example of Iowa.

 This section of the country is to-day enjoying a large measure of prosperity, and now is the opportunity time to strike hard and effective blows against the baneful influences of illiteracy.

 Every child in Lafayette parish should be given a chance to acquire at least a common school education. With the qualification of the suffrage, and the legal requirement that the citizen must understand the English language to serve on a Jury, the necessity to send his child to school is clearly apparent to every parent who is not absolutely devoid of civic pride. What a humiliating spectacle to see a man born and reared in Louisiana, whose father and grandfather were natives of this State, denied the franchise and rendered ineligible to serve as a juror because of his inability to read or understand the language of his country! An alien in his own land, unable to exercise the duties of citizenship, disqualified to participate in the government of a Republic whose fundamental doctrine is equality of birth, equality before the law and equality in all things!

 The Gazette notes with genuine satisfaction the efforts being made in the sixth, first and seventh wards of the parish and in the town of Lafayette to improve the public schools. Better houses, longer terms and more schools are needed. The school authorities, under the leadership of an active and trained superintendent, have given evidence of a determination to do their utmost to raise the standard of public education in this parish to what it should be. In some sections the people have already shown their willingness to co-operate with the authorities. Those who gave not yet joined the good movement are urged to do so without delay. Lafayette Gazette 10/12/1901.


Grand Jury Reports a Number of True Bills - Arraignments Made and Parties Plead Guilty.

 The following Grand Jury was impaneled last Monday: Paul L. DeClouet, foreman; G. H. Guilbeau, Sam P. Brown, T. S. Singleton, J. M. Jones, Alfred D. Breaux, Silas Hoffpauir, T. A. McFadden, P. A. Chiasson, Louis Lacoste, Conrad Brandt, Lucien S. Broussard. The Jury was in session from Monday until Thursday, and during that time disposed of a large number of cases. Though not completely recovered from his recent illness. Judge Debaillon was in court nearly every day and attended to all the preliminaries or the trial of cases next month.

 The Grand Jury returned the following true bills:

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 Lafayette Gazette 10/12/1901.

Of the Grand Jury - Reference to Public Roads.

          Lafayette, La., Oct. 10, 1901.
 To the Hon. C. Debaillon, Judge 18th Judicial District Court, Lafayette Parish, La.:

 The Grand Jury impaneled or the present term of this Honorable Court having completed their investigations, before asking your Honor to discharge them, beg leave, through their undersigned foreman, to respectfully submit the following report:

 We have examined the parish jail and found the prisoners therein confined properly and humanely treated. The jail building is in good condition with the exception of some water and discharge pipes which the jailer complains as not being sufficiently large. The lights were also reported by the jailer to be out of order and insufficient. We found confined within the walls of the jail three unfortunate demented persons. We deem these helpless creatures who should not be treated as criminals and confined among them, and we therefor recommend that the Police Jury have a separate place to keep them until they can be received at the asylum.

 We have visited the sheriff's office and found everything therein well kept and correct. The clerk's office was also visited and found to be also well kept and in good order. The clerk suggested to the Grand Jury the same improvements in the shelves and cracks in the building as already suggested by previous Grand Juries, and we think the matter should be attended to.

 We have examined the treasurer's books and found them all correct. The assessor's office was also visited and found to be nicely and systematically carried on.

 We have called before us the superintendent of public education, Prof. Alleman, whose report we submit with ours. Besides Prof. Alleman's report we have found out from him that the school buildings generally are too small. The school lands, he also informs us, are rented for less than current prices, and we therefore call the attention of the School Board to this matter, and we also recommend that more facilities be extended the superintendent of public education in the way of accomodation for the safe-keeping of the records of his office.

 Without any intention to go beyond the bounds of its legitimate attributions, but as representatives of the people, actuated by a sense of duty and consideration of reform and of economy, this Grand Jury deem to insist upon which has been treated by former Grand Juries and frequently by the parish papers, but to no avail. Several methods have been suggested for the improvement of the public roads of the parish, and especially by the Grand Jury making its report on March 25, 1899, but in spite of all the suggestions and of general public complaint the same old state of affairs exists, and there has been little if any improvement.

 If all the methods proposed have been found impracticable why don't the Police Jury, whose duty it is to study the subject and attend to the matter, adopt some system by which the desired end would be reached. Having failed in our researches to place the blame upon any public official we have arrived at the conclusion that there must be something wrong in the prevailing system.

 And we now join our voices to those of others before us in demanding that the Police Jury come to an understanding and adopt some methods by which the parish of Lafayette, like other parishes to of Lafayette, like other parishes to our knowledge, we will have public highways to represent the amount of taxes collected for their building and maintenance. The adjoining parish of St. Martin succeeds in keeping its roads in good order, and we fail to see why the equally intelligent Police Jury of this parish should not accomplish the same thing. We have seen by the treasurer's books $4,803.20 had been expended on public schools and that a balance of $1,016.26 is left available.

 Knowing as we do the general conditions of the roads throughout the parish, we are under the impression that the large amount expended has been injudiciously expended. But within the limited time at our disposal we have been unable to scrutinize sufficiently into the detail of disbursements pertaining to this fund to find to find out exactly for what each dollar has been spent.

 Having disposed of all the criminals cases presented before us, we now beg to be discharged. But we wish before to extend our thanks to the District Attorney for his valuable assistance and courtesies.

 Respectfully submitted,
     P. L. DECLOUET,
Lafayette Gazette 10/12/1901.

City Council Proceedings.

 Lafayette, La., Oct. 7, 1901. - The regular meeting of the City Council met this day in regular session, Mayor Chas. D. Caffery presiding. Members present: F. Demanade, B. Falk, J. O. Mouton, G. A. DeBlanc, F. E. Girard, H. Hohorst, A. E. Mouton.

 Minutes of previous meetings were adopted as read.

 The finance committee reported having examined the assessment roll of 19o1, finding same correct.

 The waterworks and electric light committee reported that they had obtained from the Higgins Oil & Fuel Co., the very liberal reduction from 53 to 45 cents per barrel on the contract price for the year's supply of oil, and the contract for 53 cents had been annulled, and the new one was then presented in open session and the action of the committee ratified.

 Prof. LeRosen appeared before the Council and asked an appropriation of $10 to paint the roof of the High School. Moved by A. E. Mouton and duly seconded that said appropriation be made. Carried.

 The following bills were approved:

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 The following reports were adopted:

 Lafayette, La., Oct. 4, 1901. - To the Hon. Mayor and City Council of the Town of Lafayette. Gentlemen - Your finance committee respectfully report that they have this day examined the assessment roll or the year 1901 and find that the double and erroneous assessment contained in the roll of 1900 were eliminated.

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 We find an increase in the total taxation amounting to $1,213.10, which represents an increase in property to the amount of $26,000.00 during the past year and the amount allowed by the City Council $75 be paid. G. A. DeBlanc, A. E. Mouton.

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 There being no further business the Council adjourned.
Lafayette Gazette 10/12/1901.

 Police Jury Proceedings.

 Lafayette, La., Oct. 3, 1901. - The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: M. Billeaud, Jr., J. A. Labbe, J. O. Blanchet, Saul Broussard, Alex M. Broussard, J. C. Buchanan, F. G. Mouton and Alonzo Lacy. Absent: John Whittington.

 The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

 Messrs. Buchanan and Mouton, committee on clerk's office, were discharged at request.

 By motion of Mr. Buchanan the tax-collector was instructed to collect all taxes due by the Alex DeClouet heirs.

 The committee appointed to effect settlements with the tax-collector and the parish treasurer and grant to the respective officers quietus for all funds entrusted to them made the following reports which were approved and adopted:

              Lafayette, La., Oct. 2, 1901.
  To the Hon. Police Jury - Your undersigned committee appointed to settle with I. A. Broussard, tax-collector for taxes of 1900 would respectfully report finding the following statement showing the collector's account with the parish:

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 Your committee carefully compared the sworn statement submitted by the collector with the roll book of 1900 and have also examined the deduction list consisting of doubles, errors, no property, etc., amounting to $1,055.98 for the parish and $199.61 for the school fund. Included in the deduction lists are taxed of Alex DeClouet heirs in litigation, $84.81 for parish and $16.96 for school.

 Believing that the collector has satisfactorily accounted for all funds charged unto I. A. Broussard a quietus for all taxes of year 1900.
           J. A. LABBE, J. O. BLANCHET, R. C. GREIG, F. G. MOUTON.
            Lafayette, La., Sept. 19, 1901.
  To the Hon. Police Jury - Your undersigned committee appointed to settle with the treasurer and grant him a quietus would respectfully report that duty performed. The treasurer's books were found correct, showing the following receipts and disbursements of the various funds:

 General fund receipts ... $6,225.32
 General fund disbursements ... $5,513.49

 General fund balance ... $711.83.

 Special road fund receipts ... $4,437.46
 Special road fund disbursements ... $3,046.75

 Special fund balance ... $1, 390.71
     The treasurer having rendered satisfactory account of all funds entrusted to him your committee has granted him a quietus up to date.
   (Signed)   J. A. LABBE, J. O. BLANCHET, F. G. MOUTON, R. C. GREIG.

 Messrs. Lacy, Labbe, Mouton and Greig, on motion duly made, were appointed a committee to investigate and report on the probable expenses of the parish for the calendar year 1902 and after due consideration the said committee submitted the following report which was adopted:

 The Honorable Police Jury - Your undersigned committee appointed to estimate the probable expense of the parish for the calendar year of 1902 would respectfully report the following budget for your adoption:

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       J. A. LABBE, F. G. MOUTON, A. LACY, R. C. GREIG.

 Lafayette, Oct. 2,  1901.
        Mr. Mouton offered the following ordinance for adoption:

 AN ORDINANCE, fixing the license to be paid by retail liquor dealers, and providing the method of payment, etc.

 BE IT ORDAINED, by the Police Jury of Lafayette parish that there be and is hereby levied a license-tax upon retail liquor dealers in Lafayette parish, for the year 1902, as follows:

 First Class - When the gross annual receipts are $7,500.00 or more, the license shall be $3,000.

 Second Class - When the said gross annual receipts are $5,000 or more, and less than $7,500, the license shall be $2,000.00.

 Third Class - When the said gross annual receipts are less than $5,000 the license shall be $1,000.

 Section 2. - Be it further ordained that no persons shall engage in the business of retail liquor dealer as provided by above, without having first paid the license as herein above fixed, and any person violating this provision shall be a guilty of a misdemeanor and liable to a fine of not less than $100 for each and every offense and in default of payment imprisonment in the parish jail for a period not exceeding ninety days.

 Mr. Buchanan moved as a substitute that the license is fixed at its present rate.  Lost.

 The original motion offered by Mr. Mouton was then adopted.

 Messrs. Alleman and Moss, representing the school board, here appeared and asked that that the jury pass a resolution pledging the body to meet half way on local school districts in their efforts to improve school properties and furnishings. An appropriation of $100 was asked in aid of the Roger school, 6th ward, and same was granted but the jury refused to pledge itself further.

 Messrs. J. A. Labbe, J. O. Blanchet, F. G. Mouton and R. C. Greig were appointed to settle with the tax-collector for licenses due for the years, 1899 and 1900 and grant quietus for the same.

 The secretary was authorized to notify the Southern Pacific Railway to removed the grade obstruction at Bertrand's Coulee about eight miles west of Lafayette.

 The treasurer submitted the following reports:

 To the President and Members of Police Jury Parish of Lafayette, La. - Following is a statement of receipts and disbursements of special road funds since my last report:

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 Respectfully submitted,
      J. E. MARTIN, Treasurer.
 Lafayette, La., Oct. 3, 1901.

 To the President and Members of Police Jury Parish of Lafayette, La. - Following is a statement of receipts and disbursements of parish funds since my last report:

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 Respectfully submitted,
        J. E. MARTIN, Treasurer.
 Lafayette, La., Oct. 3, 1901.

 The following accounts were laid over:

 A. M. Martin, license list ... $50
 M. L. Swords, sheriff fees ... $10

 The following accounts were approved:

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 There being no further business the Police Jury adjourned.
M. BILLEAUD, JR., President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 10/12/1901.

 Selected News Notes (Gazette) 10/12/1901.

 Frank Mouton left Thursday to enter the New Orleans College of Pharmacy.

 Dr. J. A. Martin visited New Orleans this week.

 The young men of Broussard will give a dance to-night.

H. M. Durke has some fine mules for sale. See or write him about them.

 For Sale. - One delivery wagon, one pair of mules and one double self-measuring oil tank. Apply to H. Hohorst. Lafayette Gazette 10/12/1901.

From the Lafayette Advertiser of October 12th, 1901:

 Industrial Institute Notes.

 We note with pleasure that the class work at the Industrial Institute is now well under way, that the students have come to a realization of the necessity of studying; and that a genuine and lively school spirit is being developed in the student body.

 The completion of the manual training building, and the equipment of the cooking school and chemical laboratory are "consummations devoutly to be wished" by everybody in general, and by teachers of manual training and of science in particular. The first goal is to be be reached, we are told, in the next fortnight. The sixty-horse power boiler, which is to run the machinery of the shop and heat the main building, is now being installed and will be ready for use within the next few days.

 The chemical laboratory does not yet give earnest of what it shall be. Still, the lack of equipment has not kept the teacher of chemistry from entertaining his class with a few experiments. With the assistance of some apothecary friends he was able to collect enough chemicals and apparatus to prepare a few gases showing their different properties and fire the usual hydrogen pistol, which, if we are to judge by the report we heard, was well loaded.

 The enrollment of students has now reached one hundred and twelve, and continues to be added to every week. Among the matriculates of this week there is Miss Annie Gibson of Houma. Miss Gibson is a boarding student at the dormitory.

 The rainy weather of this week as emphasized with many an underscore the absolute necessity of a plank or brick walk to the Institute; for, although the rain was light, many portions of the muddy walks were impassable to all except school boys and school girls. We submit that the State, parish, and town, have so far done too nobly to permit us to remain satisfied while our boys and girls tramp to school in mud. And not only a walk; but one that will lead from the center of the town and that will be a real service to the teachers and students.

 Mr. Woodson and the boys of the foot-ball team are very enthusiastic over the game. They are organizing and will begin practicing soon. They tell you how in their dreams they see themselves victorious throughout southwest Louisiana. Great dream they dream; and we trust the coming months will show the football team of the Southwestern Industrial a veritable Goliath in the State.

 In accordance with what President Stephens has conceived to be the high mission of the Institute, a course of lectures will be begun in the near future. There will be under the auspices of the faculty, and will take place in the auditorium of the school. These lectures, we firmly believe, will prove to be a great good to the scholars and students, and the people of Lafayette. Elsewhere, at the La. State University, for example, they have proved very successful and are always largely attended by the town people as well as the faculties and students. We are confident that our town will not be slow in availing itself of the opportunities offered at these lectures, for pleasant evenings and for intellectual improvement.

 The first lecture, for which we understand the faculty has already contracted, will be delivered during the first of second week of next month. The entertainment shall consist of an impersonation of some popular play such as Hazel Kirke. The exact subject of the impersonation has not yet been chosen, and will be announced in these columns as soon as decided upon. The lecturer will be Mr. Edward P. Elliot, who performs under the auspices of the Southern Lyceum Bureau. The lecture will be printed in a future edition of The Advertiser. Lafayette Advertiser 10/12/1901.


 It is pleasant to note that in despite of the lethargy and indifference which we took occasion to advent in a recent issue of the Advertiser that the parish fair will be held at Scott this year, on or about the 27th, of October.

 A handsome premium list will be offered to all exhibitors, including a score of watches. Elegant hat-racks, framed and unframed pictures, colored lithographs, chalk engravings, books, etc.

 We urge farmers to bring their produce, and make a start, and for once participate in a gathering free of politics and dedicated solely to the uplifting of the agricultural interests of the parish.

 Samples of cotton should be brought on the stalk, showing the lint in different stages of maturity; corn can be brought on the ear - tied together in a bunch. Sugar cane should be brought tapering upward with its foliage untouched, about 6 to 12 stalks will suffice. Rice should be brought in sheaves weighing from 1 to 3 pounds, oats the same, hay neatly baled in weights not less than 75 lbs. Alfalfa in different stages of growth. It will be noted that handsome prizes are for alfalfa as for corn and cane, this is to emphasize the importance of this produce for forage crops, Sweet and Irish potatoes by the gallon. Peanuts by the peck and pop corn in the ear. Garden truck should be neatly arranged in baskets, Hogs, sheep, poultry in cages of convenient size, made from dry goods boxes.

 All articles for exhibit should be plainly labeled with the name, address, date of planting and harvesting, number of acres in cultivation, new or old ground, fertilized or not, and such other data as will enable the committee on award to make an equitable decision.

 Articles for exhibit should be sent in during the first part of the week for installation, so as not to throw all the labor on the day preceding the opening. They can be sent in care of Mr. P. A. Delhomme, chairman on installation.

 Farmers are urged to bring in anything in the way of farm, dairy, or field products or any article of home manufacture whether listed or not.

 Don't hang back because you think you won't win a prize, while nearly every article will be awarded three prizes. The chief prize is the impetus that a competitive exhibit will give to the labors of the farming element, it will awaken a pride in the work aside from any mere material gain. Lafayette Advertiser 10/12/1901.

A Jolly Good Time.

 The Advertiser is pleased to state that a large crowd patronized the "horses" and had a jolly good time, Young and old, boys and girls, even the babies enjoyed a trip on the merry go-round, and they all helped the fire boys. Next Monday will be the last day of the flying horses and that day will be a benefit for the Sontag Military Band. The band will be on hand and will discourse sweet music and a very pleasant evening is promised everybody. Lafayette Advertiser 10/12/1901.  

 Oil Indications in Lafayette.

 About nine years ago Mr. Israel Falk, believing that oil was to be found under the town of Lafayette, sunk wells testing for it. He employed Mr. Jno. M. Ware to superintend the drilling. Strong indications of oil were found. Mr. Falk still believes that a gusher can be brought in on the spot where he made the tests, and is organizing a company to bore. We hope that he will succeed. The following is very interesting and will show the results obtained.

 Lafayette, La., April 21st, 1892.
    Mr. Crow Girard.
    At the request of Mr. Israel Falk, I herewith certify the result of the experimental test made by me on his property. I sunk three test holes, with a 6 inch using the hydraulic process for sinking the pipe.

 The first pipe was sunk at a distance o about fifteen feet northwest of the square well. The second was sunk, just outside, of the curbing of the square well, and on the east side. The third pipe was sunk down as nearly in the center of the square well as was practicable. The first pipe was sunk to depth of seventy-six feet, crude oil was found, but not in paying quantity, at the depth reached. The second pipe was sunk to a depth of about sixty-five feet with similar indications of oil. The third pipe was sunk to a depth of about forty three or forty four feet, oil in this case also appeared on the surface of the water. A smaller pipe, was put in the larger one, the smaller having a hydraulic expansion drill, on its lower end.

 The drill struck an oak timber of log, pieces of which were cut away and washed up. This timber was as nearly as measurements of the two pipes could approximate just below, or at the lower end of the large pipe. This latter pipe was sunk, in the center of the large square well when Mr. Falk believed he had struck coal at forty-two feet.

 I found no coal in either place and as oil is often found in what is called oil sands, where coal does not exist, and as I found sand both fine and course in each test, it would be therefore, in my opinion, an experiment of money and time that I would not feel justified under the circumstances in making.
      Very truly yours,
            Jno. M. Ware.

 A true copy of the original in hands of I. Falk, 638 Josephine street, New Orleans, La. Lafayette Advertiser 10/12/1901.

Lafayette Getting Colorful. - The Pan American city is noted for its many colors. Lafayette will soon rival in the color line. We have a Blue Store and now comes a Red Store, (Mouton & Salles.)  Mr. C. E. Carey, the painter can soon say that he has painted Lafayette in all colors.  Lafayette Advertiser 10/12/1901.

Your Last Chance.

 Monday night, Oct. 14., the flying horses will be run for the benefit of the Sontag Military Band. It devolves upon the people of this town to patronize liberally the steam horses as the proceeds go towards increasing the Band fund. Last Monday's benefit was given for Home Fire Co. and the firemen cleared 22.00. Let every father, mother, brother, beau and belle invest a dime for this good cause. We take this means also of advising the people that the flying horses leave Tuesday for Crowley. Lafayette Advertiser 10/12/1901.

Largely Improved. - We happened to pass by the Vordenbaumen Lumber yard this week, and were greatly surprised to notice the changes that had been made since Mr. Orren Hopkins has taken charge as manager. The old shed and office have been both remodeled, a large new shed built and a switch placed between the sheds for more expeditiously unloading cars. There are also wide ways lofts for the ready loading of wagons. This yard is now one of the largest and best equipped yards in Southwest Louisiana. Mr. Hopkins and Mr. Webb who asists him, are very courteous gentlemen, whom it is a pleasure to do business. We bespeak for Mr. Hopkins the continued success that enterprise and honest dealing merit. Lafayette Advertiser 10/12/1901.

School Board Proceedings.

 Lafayette, La., Oct 3, 1901. - At a regular meeting of the Board of School Directors the following members were present: A. Olivier, president, H. Theall, Alex Delhomme, S. J. Montgomery, Jasper Spell, Dr. N. P. Moss. Absent: Dr. R. O. Young, A. C. Guilbeau, Pierre Landry.

 The following minutes were read and adopted: minutes of the regular meeting held July 5, the minutes of the adjourned meeting of July 8, and the minutes of the called meeting of Sept. 4, 1901. Mr. A. C. Guilbeau entered here and was marked present. A special committee on renting of school lands, Mr. Spell, reported that he found less land than was supposed to exist in the second ward. He reported the rental of two tracts; one to P. Buchanan who gave a note of $8.00 payable Jan. 1, 1902 and another to Ben Avant who furnished a note of $7.50 maturing Jan. 1, 1902.

 The superintendent said that he had visited the Mathieu school as instructed and that in his opinion the number of children in the community justified the opening of the school. On motion of Dr. Moss, seconded by Delhomme, the Mathieu school was ordered open on Nov. 4, 1901.

 The matter of leasing the public school lands was taken up and after reading a petition from citizens of the first ward asking that the school lands be leased on Nov. 1, instead of Dec. 1, as heretofore, Dr. Moss moved that the superintendent and the president be appointed a committee to attend to all preliminary arrangements incident to the leasing of school lands. The president stated that he could not very well serve at this time. Mr. Spell then moving to amend the motion by substituting Dr. Moss in the place of the president Mr. Montgomery seconded this motion which was carried.

 The Board decided that it would be advantageous to all parties to rent 16th section lands in November. The committee on lease of school lands was authorized to advertise for sale the vacant school lot in Lafayette. It will be sold to the highest bidder if sold at all.

 J. Spell offered the following resolution which on motion of Theall seconded by Montgomery was adopted.

 "Whereas it has come to the knowledge of the School Board that the residents and school patrons of Carencro have lately raised funds by private subscription to paint and otherwise improve and equip the public school house in Carencro, and also to assist the Board in providing better educational facilities in that community; and,
  Whereas, the patrons of the Roger school in the 6th ward agree do donate a more centrally located piece of ground for that school and agree to haul the lumber and construct the building without any expense to the Board, and that property tax-payers of the first and seventh wards have taken the initial step to levy a special school tax to be devoted to securing improved educational facilities and a longer school term; and that the town of Lafayette is on the eve of voting an issue of bonds amounting to $24,000.00 for the erection and equipment of a spacious modern High School building; be it Resolved, that the School Board views with great satisfaction the evidences of a growing popular interest in the subject of public spiritedness of the citizens in the localities named and welcomes the co-operation of the people at all times in the efforts being made to impose the standard of our public school system."

 The superintendent submitted a proposition from the Roger community in which the neighboring citizens proposed to construct a school house on an arpent of land donated by Comeaux and turn it over to the Board free of cost. Dr. Moss moved that the proposal be accepted. Theall seconded the motion and it was carried. Guilbeau did not vote on this motion.

 For the purpose of encouraging the erection of school houses throughout the parish and at the same time to secure a more adequate and comfortable building. Dr. Moss moved: "That a committee be appointed to ask the police jury for an appropriation for the Roger school equal to the amount of money raised by that community and for the passage of an ordinance wherein the Jury pledged itself to appropriate in the future, an amount equal to the amount subscribed by any community in the parish for the erection of comfortable school houses large enough to admit all the children that applied for admission." Mr. Spell seconded this motion which was carried and the president appointed A. C. Guilbeau, Dr. Moss, and the superintendent.

 A. L. Guilbeau appeared before the board and claimed that he had taught school one month during the past session for which he had not been paid. On satisfactory evidence it was moved by Theall and seconded by Spell, that Prof. Guilbeau be paid. The bill amounting to $40.00.

 On motion of Mr. Theall, seconded by Dr. Moss the president was authorized to sign a contract with Blanchet of the 4th ward, for the use of Blanchet school house in that ward for the session of 1901-02.

 The following bills were presented and approved:

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 The treasurer submitted the following report which showed a balance of $166.88.

 To the President and members of School Board, Parish of Lafayette, La.

 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.
    Lafayette, La., Oct. 1901.

 A petition from the patrons of the Theall school living along the east bank of Bayou Vermilion, asking for the removal of the Theall school to the banks of the bayou, was read. The petitioners stated that the board of directors of Vermilion parish was willing to pay its share of the expense of running the school provided the children of Vermilion parish were allowed to patronize the school. The superintendent of Vermilion, to visit the present site of the Theall school and the proposed site, and make a report at the next meeting at the board.

 On motion of Spell, seconded by Theall the Board adjourned.
A. OLIVIER, President.
L. J. ALLEMAN, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/12/1901.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 10/12/1901.

 A pleasant rain fell on Tuesday and was a welcome settler of the dust, which had become very annoying.

 Dr. J. Cheston King, of Atlanta, Ga., spent several days with Dr. Thos. B. Hopkins and family.

 The Choral society will meet Sunday, Oct. 13th, at 2 p. m. at the residence of Prof. F. Sontag. All those desiring to become members, are requested to be present.

 An expert from Beaumont has been secured for the Anse la Butte well. He feels confident that he can save the well.

 The Pan-American city is noted for its many colors. Lafayette will soon rival it in the color line. We have a Blue Store and now comes a Red Store. (Mouton & Salles.) Mr. C. E. Carey, the painter can soon say that he has painted Lafayette in all colors.

 Mr. James Hannen will leave Monday for Shriever where he will be employed by the Southern Pacific Railroad. Mr. Hannen will return to Lafayette next summer.

 The President of the Louisiana and Texas Long Distance Telephone Co. informed us that all material for the new exchange was shipped as soon it will arrive at Lafayette that work will be started.

 Mr. C. E. Carey, the up-to-date painter, is so crowded with work, that he has had to refuse a good contract in Breaux Bridge.

 The Sontag Military Band will give a ball at Falk's Opera House on Oct. 16th. The proceeds will be used to buy new instruments and uniforms.

 Races at Adrien Theall's track Sunday, October 13th, 1901, between ROBERT belonging to A. Theall of Youngsville and BLACK MORRIS belonging to Dominique of Jeanerette. Distance: 4 arpents. Purse $400.00. Admission 25 cents. Ladies Free. Lafayette Advertiser 10/12/1901.

 From the Lafayette Gazette of October 12th, 1895:

A Clever Capture.

 The capture of Homer Borell, the young cattle thief from Iberia parish, was quite clever on the part of Sheriff Broussard, Borell had changed clothes and did not look at all like the man who had sold the cattle to Messrs. Otto and Castrel.

 The sheriff located him in one of the houses of the tenderloin district of Lafayette and placed him under arrest. He at first denied all connection with the theft and gave a vary plausible account of himself, but when the sheriff found $60 under his hat-band he felt sure that he had the right man. The prisoner was soon identified and the proper affidavit was made against him. He had sold ten head of cattle to Mr. Castel and eight to Mr. Otto. He expressed his willingness to sell some more cattle to Mr. Castel, but it is not believed that he will do any live-stock business for some time as his chances are excellent for an enforced service to the State.  Lafayette Gazette 10/12/1895.

Woman's Right.
[From the N. O. Daily States.]

 Miss Susan B. Anthony has always been considered the most level headed of all the women who have mounted the platform in advocacy of the rights of woman to vote.

 She has heretofore steered clear of "ologies and isms," of third parties and chisms, and has kept right on her way demanding woman's right, simply because it is, as she believes, woman's right, and she has never condescended to offer to deliver the "woman vote" to any party or faction. Hence she has exercised a powerful influence in converting women and even men to her way of thinking. But a recent move would indicate that the old girl is losing her equilibrium. It is difficult for her admirers to conceive that she was the author of the following resolution which, by the by, was unanimously adopted by the Kansas Equal Suffrage Association:

 "Resolved, That it is the duty of every self-respecting woman in the State of Kansas to fold her hands and refuse to help any moral, religious, charitable, reform, or political association until the men the State shall strike the adjective "male" from the suffrage clause of the constitution."

 This sounds more like an utterance of the gaseous and bellicose Ex-Governor Lewelling or the cranky Mrs. Lease than that of the shrewdest of women politicians.
Since when has it been good law, good ethics, or good politics that either men or women shall refuse to do any good thing because by circumstances of law, social condition, physical or mental infirmity, or political deficiency, they are not able to do all good things? The policy proposed is as illogical as it is reckless. Who will be the chief sufferers if moral reforms are abandoned? Women. Men would manage to get along in a state of moral anarchy, but the domestic sex would have uncomfortable times under such conditions. The threat to abandon religious work would be terrifying to the clergy if it were taken seriously. Without the support of the women, most, if not all, churches would dry up and disappear. In an average congregation on a Sunday morning three fourths of the worshipers are of the disfranchised sex, and it is safe to say that three-fourths of the men who are present are there under female compulsion. Hence Miss Anthony has been guilty of the unpardonable blunder, if not crime, of striking at her friends; and if she would succeed in making all the charitable and ministering acts of woman a condition precedent upon her being granted the right of franchise then she will have become a curse rather than a blessing to her sex. But, thanks to the gentle spirit of woman, a myriad of Susan Anthonys can never so distort her nature.

 From the N. O. Daily States and in the Lafayette Gazette 10/12/1895.

Business Men's Association.

 The Business Men's Association held a meeting last Monday. The committee on waterworks made a report stating that it had called upon the City Council which body had appointed a joint committee whose duty will be to confer with the representatives from the association. A committee was appointed to solicit subscriptions to celebrate Thanksgiving day. Lafayette Gazette 10/12/1895.

 Pleasant Visit.

 The Gazette had the pleasure of receiving a visit Tuesday evening from Brother L. E. Bentley, of the Donaldsonville Chief, who arrived by the west-bound afternoon train for the purpose of attending the regular semi-monthly meeting of Lafayette Lodge No. 3194, Knights of Honor, of which order Bro. Bentley is grand dictator. Lafayette Gazette 10/12/1895.


Veteran's Reunion.

 General Frank Gardner Camp, No. 580, U. C. V., will hold a reunion and basket picnic at Beausejour Park on the 26th of October. Judge McFadden, Major J. S. Mouton, Messrs. A. R. Lisbony and J. K. Grier were appointed on a committee to make the necessary arrangements. A general invitation is extended to the public. Lafayette Gazette 10/12/1895.

District Court.

 Last Monday was the first day of the regular October term of the district court. The following names were drawn and the grand jury was impaneled: Harrison Theall, Sidney McFadden, Aurelien Olivier, Henry Fournet, S. J. Montgomery, Hugh Wagner, Antheol Bernard, Numa Breaux, Cleobule Doucet, Jno. O. Mouton, A. A. Labbe, Adilon Blanchet, Martin Begnaud, A. A. Morgan, Hugh Hutchison, J. A. Labbe. Mr. Theall was made foreman. The grand jury immediately entered upon discharge of its duties. With the valuable services of District Attorney Gordy, the diligence of Sheriff Broussard and his deputies, and of Clerk of Court Bailey, and his capable deputy, Creighton Wallis, the grand inquisitors were enabled to do much work in a comparatively short time. The final report was made Wednesday; seventeen true bills and five "no true bills" were returned. As the report is rather lengthy we will give it to our readers in a somewhat abbreviated form.

 A deserved compliment was paid Judge Allen for his able and comprehensive charge. The thanks of the body were also tendered to District Attorney Gordy for able and conscientious assistance.

 Of the jail the jury says: "We visited the jail of the parish and find it in very bad order, though not through the fault of our able and active sheriff, but from the following causes to-wit:  The pipes leading from the water closet of the jail building are entirely stopped up; and will not let the drainage from said institution which causes more or less stench. Having been given full access for investigation by your courteous sherif, Isaac A. Broussard, we find the prisoners as well fed, as well treated and as well cared for, as could be expected under the present circumstances.

 The Superintendent of Schools made a verbal report to the effect: That the schools of the parish are much better attended than ever before, the parents and people generally taking a much deeper interest in the cause of public education as is evidenced by the number of scholars in attendance upon the daily sessions of the different schools in the parish. The High School does not appear to be as well attended at present as it was last session, and we would especially call the attention of the School Board to this fact and ask them to inquire into its cause.

 The books of Parish Treasurer, Wm. Clegg, were found to be well kept and correct. The sum o $69.50 is reported to the credit of the school fund.

 The grand jury reports that as a rule the roads are good. Their bad condition in some places is due, not to derelict overseers and citizens, but to the vast area over which each overseer has to supervise. The appointment of three to five overseers in each district is offered as a remedy, and the attention of the Police Jury is called to this proposition.

 The clerk's office is asked to have the books of civil and succession indexes recopied in well-bound books.

 The sheriff's office was also visited. Everything there was found in complete order. The parish books in charge of the sheriff, the accounts and receipts were correct.

 Thursday morning the following cases were called up; some pleaded not guilty and others pleaded guilty and were sentenced.

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 Lafayette Gazette 10/12/1895.

 School Board Proceedings.

          Lafayette, La., Oct. 5, 1895.
  A regular meeting of the School Board of Lafayette parish was held this day with the following members present:  J. O. Broussard, president; P. A. Chiasson, Jasper Spell, D. Bernard, A. C. Guilbeau, Dr. W. W. Lessley and J. S. Whittington.  Absent: J. E. Trahan.

 The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved:

 The committee appointed to see about fines due the School Board asked for further time which was granted.

 Mr. R. C. Greig appeared before the Board and stated that he had to refuse admittance to many pupils, as his school as crowded and had no place for them, and asked the Board to give him a teacher to take charge of the small children.

 On motion of Dr. Lessley it was decided that the Board could not employ an extra teacher for the Lafayette school as the money on hand would not permit it.

 A petition from the patrons of the Scott school asking that the Board accept the land offered by Mr. L. G. Breaux as the site for the new school-house, was received and read.

 On motion of Mr. Whittington, seconded by Dr. Lessley, the land offered by Mr. L. G. Breaux was accepted.

 On motion of Mr. Guilbeau, seconded by Mr. Bernard, it was ordered that the Cormier school, 8th ward, be continued.

 On motion of Dr. Lessley, duly seconded, the teachers were instructed to collect one dollar per annum from each family sending their children to the public schools, and that the teachers report to this Board quarterly the amount collected by them.

 On motion duly made the president was authorized to have desks and benches made for the Theall School, said desks not to cost more than ten dollars.

 The president appointed Messrs. Joseph C. Broussard, Jack Chiasson and Louis Ancelet trustees of the Joe C. Broussard school 1st ward.

 There being no further business the Board adjourned.
J. O. BROUSSARD, President.
H. E. TOLL, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 10/12/1895.

Police Jury Proceedings.

 Lafayette, La., Oct. 5, 1895.

 The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: R. C. Landry, A. D. Landry, A. A. Delhomme, Alf. Hebert, Jos. W. Broussard, J. G. St. Julien, H. M. Durke and C. C. Brown.

 The minutes of the previous meeting were read approved.

 The committee appointed to effect an adjustment of fines collected by Sheriff Broussard made a partial report evidencing progress, but asked and were granted further time.

 By motion of Mr. St. Julien duly made, the following was adopted:

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 A petition from a number of citizens praying that a public road be established to connect the Opelousas public road and the Breaux Bridge road, beginning at a point at the west end of Antoine Dominique's place, and extending eastward to the said Breaux Bridge road was read. By motion the following jury of freeholders was appointed to trace and lay out said road forty feet wide in conformity to law, provided no expense shall incur in the establishment of said proposed road: Gustave Mouton, Ralph Duhon, Nicholas Hoffpauir, Alexander Martin, Aurelien Dugas, Dominique Arceneaux.

 The attention of the Police Jury being called to the desire expressed by a large number of citizens, that a bridge be established at Darmas Broussard's place, across Bayou Vermilion, it was resolved that the matter will receive due consideration when presented in proper form.

 By motion Elias Spell was appointed road overseer of the 2d ward vice J. W. Broussard, resigned.

 The following report of the jury of freeholders appointed to trace a public road from Duson to the lands of Thos. H. Floyd and J. G. Parkerson, was read and by motion duly made adopted; the road declared a public highway and the sum of $40.50 appropriated for the payment of damages assessed; State of Louisiana, parish of Lafayette. We, the undersigned, having been appointed a jury of freeholders to trace out a public road from the railroad crossing in Duson running north to the N. E. corner of the land of the heirs of Thos. H. Floyd and the N. W. corner of the land of J. G. Parkerson, and to assess whatever damages may be done to the parties through lands said road may pass, do solemnly swear that we will trace and lay out said road to the best advantage of all parties in the neighborhood and to assess whatever damages may be done to the land-owners at its actual value, to the best of our knowledge and ability, so help us God. Signed: R. F. Hoffpauir, Treville Guidry, Thompson Hoffpauir, W. W. Post, Hugh Hutchinson. Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 28th day of July, 1894. Benjamin Avant, notary public.

 We, the undersigned jury of freeholders appointed and sworn to trace and lay off a public road from the railroad crossing at Duson station to the land of. Thos. H. Floyd and J. G. Parkerson in said parish, 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 follows: Taking twenty feet on the east side of T. M. Floyd's along its full twelve acres length which we hereby appropriate and dedicate to the parish of Lafayette, for public use as a public road and assess the damages at $8. Taking twenty feet on the south side of Thos. M. Floyd's along its seven acres length, which we hereby appropriate and dedicate to the parish of Lafayette, for public use as a public road, and assess the damages at $4.50. Then taking twenty feet on the west line of J. G. Parkerson along its twelve acres length, which we hereby appropriate and dedicate to the parish of Lafayette for public use as a public road. This is donation signed: E. H. Parkerson, J. G. Parkerson, agent, and attorney of my wife, by special and general powers of attorney authorizing my wife to sign. Witnesses: W. W. Post, Hugh Hutchison.

 Taking twenty feet on the south line o Winston Jones & Company along its fourteen acres length which were hereby appropriate and dedicate to the parish of Lafayette for public use as a public road and assess the damages at $9. Then taking twenty feet the south line of Mrs. Bradford's land along its three acres length, which we hereby appropriate and dedicate to the parish of Lafayette for public use as a public road and assess the damages at $2.50. Then taking twenty feet on the north line of Winston Jones & Company along its ten acres length, which we hereby appropriate and dedicate to the parish of Lafayette for public use as a public road and assess damages at $7.50.

 State of Louisiana, parish of Lafayette, We the undersigned jury of freeholders appointed and sworn to trace and lay off a public road from _________to,_________ in said parish and to assess whatever damages may be done to the parties through whose lands said road may pass; have traced and laid off said road as per report and respectfully ask to be discharged, F. Siaous, Hugh Hutchison, W. W. Post, Thompson Hoffpauir, Treville Guidry. Sworn to and subscribed before me this day of July, 1894. Benjamin Avant, notary public.

 The following accounts were approved:

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 The Police Jury then adjourned.
R. C. LANDRY, President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 10/12/1895.

 Selected News Notes (Gazette) 10/12/1895.

 Burglars entered the home of Wm. Graser Wednesday night, and stole $10 in cash and some small articles.

 Sam Levy and sister, Miss Lena, left for Orange, Texas, Tuesday afternoon.

 Mrs. Jno. O. Mouton returned Tuesday from New Orleans, and in consequence her store is replete with new millinery goods.

 Sidney Veazey has had an addition built to his stable.

 Judge Raymond Clark and Sheriff Lyons, of Crowley, were in town Wednesday.

 Pawnee Bill's Wild West show performed in Lafayette last Wednesday to large audiences.

 The case of Martin Bagley, of Vermilion, has been fixed for next Thursday. This case was transferred here on a change of venue and was continued at the last term on account of the absence of witnesses.

 Dr. Mudd was sick and during the forepart of the week, but we are glad to state that he has regained his good health.

 Mr. A. Bourque has been appointed deputy constable by the City Council at its meeting Monday afternoon. We do not think a better selection could have been made. Lafayette Gazette 10/12/1895.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of October 12th, 1895:

Business Men's Association.

 The principal topics discussed at the Business Men's meeting, held in the usual place on Monday night, were the water works question and celebration of Thanksgiving. The committee on water works made their report. The association is zealously championing this great good cause, and it is to be hoped that their earnest efforts will meet with the success worthy of so useful and valuable an addition to our town. They propose to thoroughly investigate the cost of such a system here, and if possibly within the means of our citizens there is little question but that we will have a good plant, requisite to the needs of the town, as soon as the matter is submitted to a vote.

 The celebration of Thanksgiving was the next topic in order of business. It was the general verdict that the celebration should be a fitting one to this time honored past, and do credit to the enterprising association that urges this tribute to the grand Holiday.

 Dr. Moss, Wm. Campbell and Dr. Girard who constitute the executive committee, were also made the committee on arrangement of programme.

 Dr. Moss, T. M. Biossat and G. Goolsby were appointed the committee on subsciptions, to visit the business men and solicit contributions to the cause.

 Dr. Girard and J. Nickerson were appointed to have the track and Park put in suitable condition for the day. The programme will be an entertaining one, and every one is invited to be present at the celebration. Lafayette Advertiser 10/12/1895.

Dramatic Association.

A number of young ladies and gentlemen met last Sunday at Falk's Opera house and formed a dramatic association having the object of giving entertainments and dramatic performances, for charitable and other good purposes.

 The following officers were elected. H. A. Vander Cruysen, President; Dr. F. E. Girard, Vice-President; Louis Darbes, Secy., and Miss. Isaure McDaniels, Treasurer.

 The association has a charter list of 20 members, and we have no doubt that its membership rolls will increase with assured prosperity. The initiatory performances will be given in about 5 weeks. Lafayette Advertiser 10/12/1895.


 A young man by the name of Homer Barell, alias Robt. Chargois, of New Iberia, was arrested here Sunday morning by sheriff Broussard, on the charge of cattle stealing. It seems that the young man sold ten head of cattle to a party on Monday, and on Saturday he sold eight more to Mr. Otto. The astonishingly low prices at which he disposed of these stock excited suspicion which led to his arrest.

 The accused is an ex-convict, and has recently escaped from jail in New Iberia where he was serving a term for larceny. He is a "bad egg" as his career shows.

 When arrested on Sunday, he had shaved his mustache, and wore a new suit of clothes, which made him scarcely recognizable. He gave his name as Robt. Chargois. In inspecting his clothes, the sheriff discovered in the sweatband of his hat. 

 He is also suspected of having stolen the large bay mare which he was riding at the time he stole the cattle. Mare was branded (C) on her hip. Lafayette Advertiser 10/12/1895.

Trial Date Set.

Oct. 17th, is the day set for trial in the case of Martin Bagley, charged with the murder of John Ford. The crime was committed in the parish of Vermilion on Sept. 24th, 1893, and was tried in that parish, but resulted in a mistrial. A change of venue was obtained which brought the case before this court.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/12/1895.

Frank Gardner Camp.

 At the meeting held at the Court House Saturday, it was decided to hold the grand reunion of the Frank Gardner Camp No. 580, W. C. V. at Beausejour Park on Oct. 26th. The following committee on arrangements was appointed: Judge McFadden, Major S. Mouton, Aug. Lisbony, J. K. Grier. The Broussard band will furnish music for the occasion. The veterans and musicians are requested to meet on that date at Maj. Mouton's bridge.

 Members of the G. A. R. and the public in general, are invited to be present.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/12/1895.  

Sunday Drinking.
Published by Request.

 Archbishop Gross, of Oregon, declares:

 "Sunday beer drinking in moderation is not wrong, not is it sinful in the opinion of the Catholic church. A man who can regulate his appetite has a right to indulge in whatever drink suits his taste. The law has no right to say what I shall eat or drink."

 Archbishop Chapelle of New Mexico says:

 "The Catholic church does not condemn beer drinking in moderation Sunday or any other day as wrong or sinful."

 Archbishop Jannsens of New Orleans gives his opinion:

 "If beer drinking on any other day is not in itself sinful it is not so on Sunday. The only manner in which it can be sinful is by attaching scandal to it, by violating the law to indulge in it. Sunday is the only day on which most poor men can get recreation and many of these people find a great pleasure in drinking a glass of beer."

 Archbishop Elder of Cincinnati tells us:

 "It is not wise to impose by law restrictions that cannot be enforced. It destroys respect for law. Very often a vitiated public sentiment makes even wise laws nugaroty."

 Chancellor Muldoon of Chicago, declares the Catholic church does not see how it could be wrong to drink, or eat anything of God's creation. The only harm in drinking is that people do not drink it moderately.

 "If they do not drink it to excess there is no more harm in drinking it on Sunday than any other day. Original source unknown."

In the Lafayette Advertiser of 10/12/1895.


Musings of a Mossback.

 Well! Well! verily the days of miracles have not ceased! But what did I tell you a few weeks ago? Did I not prophesy that some singular event would overtake us, if Lafayette kept on as it has been going lately?

 I am not surprised that a petrified man has been found almost within the limits of the town, I am not only astonished that he was not found in the town itself, and marvel that he could have lain patient so long, upon its very borders, and not stuck out a toe, and shown his teeth before.

 I feel sure that there are some in the musty bed of this very town, who are rolling and tossing in restlessness; and ere long, like the irrepressible "Ghost o Banquo", their graves will give up its dead, and they will rise like grim prophesies, showing their teeth with a grim that will be terrible.

 Some malicious individuals have insinuated that the petrified man is not less a personage than your humble scribe, upon whose back they assert, the moss has grown so verdant that it has hatched the elements of petrification. This unkind reflection has no doubt grown from having gained through your columns, some extended acquaintance, as Mossback.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/12/1895.

 Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 10/12/1895.

 Miss Marthe Mouton has returned home from Duchamp.

 Friends of Miss Leila Cornay will learn with pleasure of her return Tuesday.

 Every one is invited to attend the grand ball to be given at Primeaux's Hall near Royville, on Oct. 26th.

 Mrs. H. A. Kennedy who has been the guest of Mrs. J. J. Davidson, returned to her home in N. O. Tuesday.

 His Grace, Archbishop, Janssens of New Orleans, accompanied by Rev. Father Mignot of the same city, passed through here Sunday on their way to Mexico.

 Mr. A. L. Burke, for many years an employee in the Car Department of the Southern Pacific Railroad at this place, has resigned his position, to accept that of a policeman. Lafayette Advertiser 10/12/1895.


 From the Lafayette Advertiser of October 12th, 1889:


 In furtherance of the growing interest in ramie culture in this parish, and in response to a request from us to do so, Gen. Sewell sends us the following interesting communication on the subject. He also brought us some decorticated ramie fiber from his new machine, which is ready for baling and in the rough:

Lafayette Parish, Oct. 9, 1889.

 Editor Advertiser:  What is needed at this time in order to establish on a permanent basis the growth o the ramie, jute and other indigenous, fibrous plants is a free and full discussion of their merits, and of the ramie plant in particular, being the most valuable of them all. Many disappointments have been experienced here and elsewhere from the want of an efficient decorticating machine, but that must not deter planters at the present time, when, upon inspection, they can satisfy themselves that "Scheifner" has solved the problem and invented in instrument not only efficient in producing a cleansed fibre, but in such quantities daily that entirely silences all skepticism.

 An efficient machine ought not to be a toy, nor a chemical one, but must be mechanical; and to be useful to the planter it must also be of sufficient power to fiberize from four to five tons daily, and requiring but little labor to operate it. Such as bleaching, carding and spinning ought to be left to the manufacturer, or form another department after decordication.

 The decorticator so much extolled for its efficiency is now in full operation at Oakbourne, and the fibre of a very superior quality. The wood of the stalks will be made into pulp for the manufacture of paper, and a fair price is offered for it. It is also contemplated to put up a plant for de-gumming and bleaching.

 The ramie plant merits the favorable consideration of those who, as planters, desire to cultivate a product that will yield to a certainty a large profit. The ramie is not subject to those enemies such as frost, wet, rot, and the worms that assail cotton.

 We have here in our Southern States all the natural resources necessary to cultivate the ramie, and other fibrous plants, in unlimited quantities.

 The cultivation of the ramie plant can be safely pursued farther North than that of cotton, as the roots can withstand considerable frost, but not safely where the ground is liable to freeze to a considerable depth - say six inches.

 The ramie is not a hardy plant in the Northern States; hence it is that this new industry must be developed in our Southern States to yield a large profit to planters. The rich valleys and bottom lands of the South and Southwest will, no doubt, in a very few years, be occupied by ramie plantations, for the ramie will grow anywhere South of Virginia.

 Light, sandy or argilliferous soils will readily yield a good growth of ramie; but an alluvial soil is most appropriate for its culture. Lafayette Advertiser 10/12/1889.

Coulees and Bayous.

 All the bayous and coulees are now very low, and the fish are biting finely. A fish fry at one of the clear, cool springs along the bayou, this beautiful autumn weather, is a most delightful enjoyment and recreation. Sunday is a good day to go, as the fish are apt to be found in Sunday schools for (desbate?). Ask Phil Crouchet how many fish he can chamber; just say, on an average. Laf. Advertiser 10/12/1889.

Capt. Billy is Back. - Capt. Billy Bowen, night railroad yard-master at this point, returned the first part of the week from a trip to Algiers and the city for health and recreation. He has resumed work, and now that the manager has returned, we may expect to hear something more from the Crescents who have been laying off. This is fine weather for ball playing. Lafayette Advertiser 10/12/1889.

With Judge Wakeman...

 The regular criminal term of the District Court convened last Monday, the 7th inst., Judge Wakeman W. Edwards presiding.

 District Attorney R. C. Smedes was on hand, ready for duty.

 The grand jury was regularly drawn and empaneled as follows:

 Edmond Pellerin, foreman; Osma Boudreaux, William Herpin, J. E. Martin, Numa Bernard, E. Sterling, L. Durham, Leopold Guidry, Laurent Arceneaux, Andre Mouton, R. W. Elliot, Adolph Picard, Ephraim Phillips, E. L. Estorge, Onezime Gautreaux, Adam Foreman.

 Judge Edwards delivered a very lengthy and thorough charge, of which the following is the principal portion:

 "Gentlemen of the Grand Jury: You have been selected to form the grand inquest for the Parish of Lafayette at the present term of court. The duties of grand juror, always serious and responsible, are at this time unusually so. You have more than ordinary duties to perform. You are called here to-day to assist in administering the laws of your country. You form an integral and necessary portion of the machinery for the administration of the criminal law; and you are responsible for the failure of justice if it should fail through your dereliction of duty. You have taken an oath to discharge your duties as I have taken one to discharge mine. I shall endeavor to discharge my duties fully, and I shall certainly expect, gentlemen, that you will in like manner discharge yours.

 You are to present, or accuse, no one through hatred or ill will, on the one hand; nor on the other, leave any one unrepresented through favor or friendship; that is, you are not to excuse or allow to escape any guilty one through favor, friendship or social relations. No one who has committed a crime must be allowed to escape, no matter how high may be his social standing nor how humble may be the person whose rights he has invaded. No citizen, however exalted, is above the law or the reach of its punishments; and none, however lowly or humble, is beneath its protection.

 It is your duty to investigate carefully and to indict where sufficient evidence is found to satisfy you of the guilt of the party accused; and it is equally your duty to refuse to indict persons against whom no sufficient evidence is adduced.

 It is the duty of the court to charge you on the law of cases likely to arise before you, and also especially on certain offenses whether arising or not. In compliance with that duty I call your attention to the following:


 Murder is where a person of sound memory and discretion unlawfully kills any reasonable creature in being, and in the peace of the State, with malice aforethought either expressed or implied. The penalty is death by hanging.


 Is the unlawful and felonious killing of another, without any malice either expressed or implied. It is of two kinds.

 1st. Involuntary manslaughter; where a man doing an unlawful act, not amounting to felony, by accident kills another.

 2nd. Voluntary manslaughter; which is the unlawful killing of another without malice, either upon sudden quarrel, or unintentionally, while the slayer is in the commission of some unlawful act not amounting to felony. Manslaughter differs from murder in this: That though the act which occasions the death be unlawful, or likely to be attended with bodily harm, yet the malice, expressed or implied, which is the essence of murder, is presumed to be wanting.

 Homicide is excusable where a man doing a lawful act, without any intention of hurt, by accident kills another.

 2nd. Or where a man kills another upon immediate attack, in his own defense or in defense of his wife, child, parent or servant, and not from any feeling of revenge or malice.

 Homicide is is justifiable, 1st, where the proper officer executes a criminal in strict conformity with his sentence.

 2nd, Where an officer of justice in the legal exercise of a particular duty kills a person who resists or prevents him from executing it; and,

 3rd, Where the homicide is committed in prevention of a forcible and atrocious crime; as for instance, where the person killed was in the act of robbing or murdering another.

 From the foregoing definitions it is easily perceived that no one has the right to intentionally take the life of another - not even of a criminal, unless under express authority of the law, or to prevent some great crime. To do so is murder pure and simple."

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Act 1877, Extra Session, page 95, Section 30 - "Prohibits violence, intimidation, or raising of any tumult or riot, at any election in this State, with a design to over-awe the commissioners of election; or, shall by threats of violence willfully attempt to over-awe or influence unduly any voter so as to deprive him of his right to vote; shall on conviction be imprisoned not more than six months and fined not more than $500."

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 "Conspiracies, in a general sense, may be defined to be any confederacy of two or more persons to injure any individual, or to do any other unlawful act, or acts, prejudicial to the community. Conspiracies to do several acts or to commit several acts, or to commit several of offenses, are expressly prohibited by Act. No. 8, of 1870.  They are:

 Section 5. Whoever shall conspire with another person, or persons, to commit, or to procure the commission of the crime of murder, rape, robbery, burglary, arson, perjury, or forgery, on conviction thereof shall be imprisoned at hard labor not exceeding two years nor less than six months, and fined not more than $2,000 nor less than $500, at the discretion of the court.

 Section 6. Whoever shall conspire with another person, or persons, to commit, or procure to be committed, the crime of murder, rape, robbery, burglary, arson, perjury, or forgery, and in pursuance of said conspiracy shall enter or approach any dwelling house, school house, church house, outhouse, store house, barn, cotton gin house, plantation or farm, or make any assault upon any person, or disturb any peaceable assembly, shall on conviction thereof be imprisoned at hard labor, etc."

 Section 7. That whoever shall conspire with another person, or persons, to commit the crime of assault and battery, or by violence or threats of violence to compel any person, or persons, to leave any town, city or parish, or any place where such person may lawfully be, on conviction thereof shall be fined or imprisoned or both, etc.

 Section 8. That whoever shall shoot any dwelling house, church house, or outhouse, any person or persons being lawfully therein, shall on conviction be imprisoned at hard labor, etc.

 From the above sections you will readily perceive, gentlemen, that any confederacy, combination or organization of two or more persons under the name of Regulators, Vigilance, or any other name whatever, for the purpose of committing, or causing commission by others, the crime of murder, rape, robbery, burglary, (or breaking into one's dwelling in the night,) arson (or house burning), perjury, forgery, assault and battery, or by threats or violence to compel any person to leave the town or parish, is unlawful, and constitutes a criminal conspiracy which is indictable against every person belonging to or entering into such combination or organization, whether they take any active part in carrying out such design or not. The mere entering into the conspiracy, without doing anything else, is criminal and punishable; and all such persons as keep behind the curtain and out of sight, but belong to the organization and counsel others to commit any of the above offenses are criminals, and on proper proof should be indicted.

 Such persons are equally or more guilty than those, their mere tools, who execute their plans, because they run much less risk or danger, and are therefore more rash and reckless of flagrant violations of law to be committed by others, while they are to remain unknown and safe, as they suppose, from the consequences of their criminal advice and wicked influence.

 The executing of the plans of the above named conspiracies, or attempting to execute some of them, is another and still greater crime, to be punished on indictment.

 That conspiracies to do, and to procure the doing of some of the above named criminal acts exist, or have existed, in this parish within the last twelve months, is notorious. Nay, more; the conspirators have (if common report be true) actually carried their criminal designs into execution; have not only conspired to commit but have actually committed assaults and batteries, whipped, and ordered persons to leave the parish, have shot into houses, have committed burglaries and murder in the delirium of their fancied power. Men's liberties have been trampled on and their quiet homes invaded in the still hours of the night by armed bands of lawless men; their doors have been broken down, and some taken by violence, hence, and wantonly and most cruelly beaten - nearly unto death; others have been murdered while in defense of their homes, by being shot to death; and others sill have had their throat cut in such manner as to lead one ignorant of the facts to suppose the Comanches had been on the warpath in this parish.

 All these deeds of violence and blood were committed, it is believed, without excuse or provocation, and cry aloud for redress. They are a reproach to our civilization, a disgrace to the parish, and a stain on the good name of the State of Louisiana. Though such deeds the people of Louisiana become a reproach and a by-word among their brethren in the other States of the nation. Such things must not be; and it has fallen to your lot gentlemen, to make inquisition into these crimes, and if they can possibly be discovered to bring the offenders, great and small, to the bar of justice. The court expects it of you; and the people of Louisiana (who are now earnest observers) expect it of you. Let not their just expectations be disappointed.

 Men without capacity or experience have supposed that by setting aside the laws of their country they could govern better, out of their own inexperience and lack of wisdom, by violating the laws by obeying them. They have said: We are the people, and we well make the laws and we will break them; we will execute them, and we will prevent their execution by the constituted authorities.

 They have endeavored to teach the to others what they have not learned themselves. These misguided men have vainly supposed that they were wiser than the laws of their country, and that they could promote civilization by a return to barbarism.

 The present disordered condition of society, the reign of terror and general distrust now everywhere to be seen throughout the parish - the stagnation in business and the decline in values - are all the fruits of their doings; the legitimate, or rather illegitimate, consequences of their practices.

 All these matters require your earnest consideration.

 The District Attorney, or the Court if called on, will advise you further in case of need. The District Attorney is your legal advisor, and you are to take the exposition of the law from him, or the Court, and not from your own notions. He has the right to be with you in the grand jury room and to examine eyewitnesses before you and to advise you as to the law, but not to take part in your deliberations or even to be present in the room when you vote on the finding of a bill.

 On Wednesday, the 9th., inst., the grand jury returned "not a true bill" in the cases of the State vs. E. Bernard and others for murder and jail breaking. The District Attorney filed information against the same parties for jail breaking, and the offense being bailable they were released upon bonds.

 On Thursday the grand jury reported "a true bill" in the case of the State vs. Charles Voorhies and others for intimidating voters and interrupting commissioners of election. The accused furnished bonds and were released.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/12/1889.

School Board Proceedings.

          Lafayette, La., October 5th, 1889.
  The Board of School Directors of the Parish of Lafayette met this day in regular session with the following members present: O. C. Mouton, President; Jasper Spell, Dr. J. P. Francez, J. S. Whittington and M. Billaud.  Absent: S. LeBlanc, T. Begnaud and D. Hulin.

 The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

 The committee appointed to examine the books of the Treasurer submitted the following:

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

 We the undersigned committee appointed to examine the books of the Treasurer, beg leave to report that we were unable to examine the books on account of sickness in Mr. Clegg's family.
      O. C. MOUTON, H. E. TOLL.

 The committee appointed to obtain a statement of school lands from Mr. C. D. Caffery asked for further time.

 The building committee of the 5th ward reported that the new school house was finished and had been accepted by them. That they had the tables made for the use of the schools, and a fence put around the school house, that said tables and fence, etc., had cost $74.44. That they received $30.00 for the old school house and had paid it to Billaud, Estorge & Co., on account for the building of the fence, etc., and that there was a balance due Billaud, Estorge & Co., of $44.44.

 The building committee of the 6th ward reported that the new school house was finished and accepted by them, and that the building bought from Mr. Roger had been repaired.

 The committee appointed to locate the school in the 2d ward report that they located said school at Mrs. Adelia Andrus', and that Mrs. Andrus had donated once acre of land to the School Board, and that they have had the old school house moved on said land, and repaired.

 The President, by authority, appointed Jasper Spell as a committee to sell the old lumber at Mrs. Andrus' belonging to the School Board.

 The Parish Superintendent reported that he had closed the schools in the 1st ward, as there was no money to the credit of that ward to pay the teachers; and that he had removed Mr. Mose Williams, of Lafayette on account of intemperance and ill treatment of his pupils, and that he had collected $4.50 from Mr. A. L. Guilbeau, being amount paid him in excess, caused by mistake in his monthly report.

 On motion of Dr. Francez, the report was accepted, and the action of the Superintendent approved and that the Treasurer be instructed to place the amount of $4.50 received from Mr. Guilbeau to the credit of the 6th ward.

 On motion of Dr. Francez duly seconded the sum of $1.00 was ordered to be paid to Mr. Richard for a poll tax paid erroneously.

 On motion of J. S. Whittington, seconded by Dr. Francez, Mr. R. C. Greig's salary was increased from $45.00 per month to $50.00 per month for six months as he holds a 2nd grade certificate.

 Miss M. Jamieson was assigned as assistant teacher to the Lafayette school, and Miss F. S. Greig as teacher to the 3rd ward school at Torrence plantation.

 The following accounts were approved:

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 There being no further business, the Board adjourned.
O. C. MOUTON, President.
H. E. TOLL, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/12/1889.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 10/12/1889:

We need rain. Reports are general that the long dry spell has caused a scarcity of water for stock.

 Last week Miss Sweetie Darling departed for New Orleans, where she will spend the winter visiting friends.

 Mr. J. A. (Sonny) Landry is erecting a neat building on his lot between the canning factory and Arthur Hebert's store.

 Mr. Herman Ester has built a shop and opened a bakery on Lincoln avenue, four blocks east of the railroad.

 The dry cool weather has caused the cotton to open rapidly, and cotton pickers are in great demand, the supply being very limited.

 During the week we have met our farmer friends from various portions of the parish, and in response to our inquiries about the crops they have invariably answered, "pretty fair! pretty fair! which means that they are satisfied.

 Leon Plonsky, merchant of Lafayette street, notifies the public that he has just received a large stock of Fall and Winter goods of all kinds and descriptions, and invites all to give him a call.

 The weather during the week has been delightful, although a little cool. Tuesday morning a light frost was reported from various sections of the parish. Frost was prevalent throughout North Louisiana during the first part of the week.

 The game of base ball last Sunday between the Quickstep and the Crapaudville clubs resulted in a victory for the Quicksteps by a score of 15 to 14. The Crapaudvilles are pretty good on the jump, but our boys put away with them in the long run.

 We are indebted to Mr. J. Revillon for some magnificent specimens of Japanese persimmons, of two varieties. Some of them measuring eleven inches in circumference. They are the finest we have seen this season. 

 Mr. Jno. O. Mouton is repainting his coffee house and restaurant building near the railroad, which adds wonderfully to its appearance. He is also improving it in the way of neat awnings for the comfort and protection of the second story rooms. Colonel, a touch or two of paint to that brick building wouldn't hurt.

Lafayette Advertiser 10/12/1889.

  From the Lafayette Advertiser of October 12th, 1878:

Meeting of Democrats.
The Democrats of the Fourth and Fifth Wards of this parish assembled at Dyer's Grove near Royville, last Thursday.
 Mr. J. G. St. Julien presided the meeting and Mr. Sidney Greig acted as secretary. Addresses were made by Conrad Debaillon, Col. G. A. Fournet of St. Martin, Octave Delahoussaye, Esq., R. S. (unreadable), and C. H. Mouton, Es.q., of St. Martins. The speakers dwelt, among other matters, upon the importance of supporting the nominees of the party, as they pledged to reform measures, whilst independent's (unreadable) to the party and could not be held responsible. The speeches were interesting and eloquent, and were frequently and earnestly applauded.

 The meeting was numerously attended by white and colored voters, and was graced by the presence of many ideas. Barbecued meats and other refreshments were provided, but there was no whiskey on the grounds, and every thing passed off peaceably and pleasantly.

 Knowledge concerning the origin, treatment and prevention of yellow fever are very limited, vague and uncertain. Numerous theories have been advanced and advocated without arriving at positive and practical results. Eminent physicians and scientists have discussed and disagreed, whilst admitting the poverty of human knowledge on the subject. Groping as it were, in darkness, a feeling of self-preservation actuated many communities in testing the efficacy of quarantine measures. It was very natural to conclude, that if there by any virtue in a quarantine, it must be strict and stringent, and it is safer to be much so, than otherwise. Thanks to the superior knowledge of the Abbeville Meridional, and fortunately for science and the welfare of the human race, the requirements of a quarantine at least, have been ascertained; and the announcement of the discovery made in an editorial hash of erroneous statements, silliness and consciousness. Here is the gist of the article, "Keep up your quarantine, but make it reasonable, allow the mails to run, and permit the country people to come in town."

 In quarantine and other matters affecting the interests and welfare of Abbeville, her people are competent and have the exclusive right to decide their course of action. We claim the same right. But for the edification of the Meridional, we state the facts, that our town was receiving mails from Abbeville was not, and we receive them yet, under certain restrictions, and as a general rule, country people never were prevented from coming in to the town which our "reasonable" contemporary has recklessly and gratuitously alleged to be "transformed into a Paradise of fools."       Lafayette Advertiser 10/12/1878.


Proceedings of the Board of Health.

 Vermilionville, La., Oct. 5, 1878.

 The Board of Health met in regular session this day at 4 o'clock p. m. with the following members present: Drs. Mudd, Trahan, Latiolais, Cunningham, Messrs. Girard and Delhomme.

 The minutes of the last meeting were read adopted with the following amendment, to-wit: That all articles of goods or merchandise that have been declared admissable be admitted only after all packing used in the packing of said goods be destroyed in the presence of the nearest quarantine guard to the point of destination of said goods.

 Information having reached the Board that certain parties have recently violated the quarantine rules and regulations passed by the Police Jury and re-enacted by this Board, the President was instructed to report said parties to the Parish Attorney for his immediate prosecution by law before the proper tribunal.

 Account approved:

 Eugene Thompson, guard duty, $25.00.

 The Board adjourned to next regular session.
F. S. MUDD, President.
W. H. CUNNINGHAM, Society.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/12/1878.

 City Council of Vermilionville.

 Regular Session, Oct. 7th, 1878.

 J. O. Mouton, Mayor presiding and all Councilmen present.

 The minutes of the last meeting were read and adopted.

 On motion of R. L.McBride seconded by Mr. Vigneaux, it was unanimously
     Resolved, That the following goods or articles be admitted within the limits of this Corporation, to-wit:

 Drugs, common salt, soap, matches, illuminating oils, candles, lime, lumber, flour, gun powder and shot, crockery, hardware, all kinds of disinfectants, mess pork, mess beef, all bacon except canvas bacon, meal, grits, rice, liquors in barrels or demijohns, lard in tierces or kegs, turpentine, oils in barrels or cans, all machinery, wagons, ploughs and farming implements, stone coal, plug tobacco in boxes, gun caps, malt liquors bottled and packed, writing paper, pen and ink, sugar of all grades, lemons, ice, all canned goods, iron ;  provided, that the owner or owners of said goods or articles shall produce the necessary evidence that they were unpacked and fumigated at the nearest quarantine station to their point of destination as provided for by the resolution of the Board of Health of this parish, on the 28th day of Sept. 1878.

 On motion of Mr. Hebert seconded by Ed. McBride, it was unanimously.

 Resolved, That the Collector is hereby authorized to collect judicially all licenses and taxes due the corporation, after ten days notice from the first publication of this resolution.

 The following accounts were presented and approved:

 W. B. Lindsay, Block and lock ... $1.75
 G. Bienvenue, burial of George ... $5.00
 J. O. Mouton, for nails ... $50

 On motion the Council adjourned.
J. O. MOUTON, Mayor.
H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/12/1878.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 10/12/1878.

 The weather has been showery during the past week, proving beneficial to gradens, which had been suffering by the previous dry spell. Full corn and cotton crops are being housed, and the sugar cane promises a large yield.
 Don't forget that the office of Registrar will be open at the Court House from the 16th to the 31st of this month, and that no one can vote unless he registered this year, and that it is the duty of every Democrat to register and vote.

 The general health of our town and parish continues good and whilst being grateful for the blessing, we should not be indifferent to the wants and distress of our fellow creatures in the scourge-stricken districts. Each one can help a little and every little helps. Let us simply render the assistance we would need, if similarly afflicted. If we forget, we may some day be forgotten.

 Don't forget that the office of the Registrar will be open at the Court House from the 16th to the 31st of this month, and that no one can vote unless he registered this year, and that is is the duty of every Democrat to register and vote. 

 Attention is called to the request of the Parish Executive Committee, that the people assemble at certain places and dates named, to hear addresses delivered by prominent Democratic speakers.
   The following appointments remain to be filed :
St. Pierre, Sat. Oct. 12.
Nathan Foreman's Oct. 19.
Pin Hook Oct. 26.

Time is getting short, roll the ball briskly.
     Lafayette Advertiser 10/12/1878.


 From the Lafayette Advertiser of October 12th, 1909:

Large Attendance Each Day - Sunday Excursions Bring Large Crowds - Baby Show Friday.

 Results of Races Friday and Saturday - Some Awards.

 Sham Battle - Fireworks - Rain Saturday Morning - Full Program Sunday Carried Out.

 The good weather continued again Friday and a large crowd was in attendance at the fair the whole day - not so large a crowd as on the opening day, but a sufficiently large crowd to make a fine showing and illustrate the great amount of interest being taken in the fair by the public generally.

 The principal attraction of the morning, especially for the ladies, was the baby show. There were about twenty-five entries and a lot of mighty fine babies placed on exhibition. Lafayette has a fine lot of babies and the display at the fair Friday morning was not alone a credit to Lafayette but would be a great credit to any place.

 Making a decision was a hard job, but the judges had to decide, and while no doubt every baby deserved a prize there were only so many prizes and they had to be awarded, and judges, after much thought and careful weighing of the points, awarded the prizes as follows:

 Finest baby under 1 year, first prize, go-cart, James Whitmeyer; second, silver feeding spoon, Irene Blakely; finest baby 1 to 2 years, first prize, wicker rocker, Georgia Robichaux; second, silver cup, Gladys Trahan; prettiest baby girl, 2 to 3 years, Claire Roy, silver table set; handsomest boy baby, H. DeClouet, high chair; best dressed doll, won by Bessie Hopkins.

 The races were as follows:

 First Race - 2 year-olds, pacing, half mile, purse $50. Sue won. Juliette second. Time 1:17.

 Second Race - Free for all 2 year olds, trotting, half mile, purse $50. Ed K. won, Buster second. Time 1:21.

 Third Race - Three quarters of a mile, running, purse $50. Pearl Hopkins won, Mahogany second, Joe Levy third. Time 1:17.

 The contests in equestrianism were very popular and excited much admiration. The following were the results:

 Girl 11 to 14, Esmee Darby; boy under 14, Byron Garnett; girl under 11, Mamie Frost; young ladies, riding, C. W. Roy; ladies driving, Mrs. Robt. Frost.

 The following awards were for jacks and mules:  Jacks 3 years and over, first prize, W. C. Vail; second, R. A. Voorhies; third, J. Begnaud. Best pair mules any age, Hugh Wallis. Best 2 year old mule under 3, first prize, P. R. Landry; second, Auguste Mamere. Best mule 1 year and under 2, first prize, P. R. Landry; second, Dave Spell; third, Auguste Mamere. Best mule under 1 year, August Mamere.

 The ladies in the culinary, art, fancy work, sewing, floral, horticultural, fruits, sweets and honey departments judged a large array of exhibits, but no announcements were made.


 A heavy rain fell Saturday morning and interfered with the regular program. The foot ball game between Crowley and the Industrial Institute had to be called off.  This day was School Day and complimentary tickets were given to school children, but very few from the parish were present on account of the weather.

 In the afternoon the weather cleared up and a fine attendance was present to see the races and other attractions at the fair.

 The judges in the various departments continued their work, but the results were not given out.

 The races were as follows:

 First Race - One half mile, pacing, best two in three, purse $50; won by Rose Onward. Best time 1:13 1-2.

 Second Race - One half mile, running, 2 year olds, purse $50; won by Yeta; J. M. second. Best time 0:51.

 Third Race - Five eighths of a mile running, purse $50; McGonigal won. Joe Levy second. Best time 1:02.

 At night at 8:30 the sham battle took place between the Breaux Bridge military company, the Lafayette military company and the Institute cadets and proved very entertaining.

 A very pretty display of fireworks was also made.


 Sunday was the last and crowning day of the fair, and while cool was still warm enough to be pleasant. Excursions were run from Lake Charles and Morgan City and brought large crowds. It is estimated that fully four thousand people attended the fair on Sunday, making one of the largest crowds that have visited Lafayette in a long time. The grounds and track were in prime condition and everybody seemed to enjoy the day immensely. The grand stand was crowded most of the day and was well patronized during each day. The receipts from the stand were given to the school improvement leagues in consideration of their splendid assistance given by the ladies in the work of getting up the fair.

 In the morning the local lodge of Elks formed a procession at the depot and, dressed in white pants and black coats and carrying a pretty paper parasol, marked by B. P. O. E. marched to the grounds.

 The regular program of the day was carried out as follows:  Judging horses and mules, cattle, carriage teams, farm teams and colts. Results could not be obtained today. Grand parade of all stock around the track, pony races, bicycle racing and horse racing in the afternoon.

 The Breaux Bridge brass band entertained the people with splendid music.

 Late in the evening Secretary Mouton received a telegram from Hon. Robt. F. Broussard, who was to make a speech, stating that he had been unavoidably detained on account of illness.

 The fair was a big success, and it is the more gratifying since the work of preparing for the fair was begun only about two months ago and owing to the shortness of the time some were apprehensive that a creditable fair could not be pulled off. But thanks to the effective and capable work of President Henry Gerac and members of the executive committee, the hard and capable work of Secretary F. V. Mouton, assisted by Assistant Secretary R. C. Greig, and the enthusiastic and active work of the ladies, the fair was a big success. In giving credit we should mention the liberality of the business men's association. Lafayette Advertiser 10/12/1909. 






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