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 From the Lafayette Advertiser of October 14th, 1903:

 To Suppress Tramps.
             [From the N. O. Times-Democrat.]

In a few weeks, when the weather turns colder, we may look for the usual invasion of tramps and hobos from the North, unless some steps are taken to check it.

 There seems to be an earnest determination in most of the Southern States to prevent the disorder and crime which result from the invasion of thousands of men who have no intention to work, but who propose to live off the community - by begging, if begging will suffice, but by crime and violence if these be necessary. We have had sufficient experience in the past to know what to expect, and the injury caused by tolerating, if not encouraging, tramps is far greater than the average person imagines. The cost of supporting the army of drones is large; but this is not the most expensive item in our tramp bill. The disorder and demoralization, the increased cost of police protection and the increase in crime in spite of this protection are far heavier burdens. The number of robberies and burglaries more than doubles in New Orleans when the tramps have taken up their winter quarters here; and "the dangerous and suspicious" ordinance, the watching and arresting those who may break out in to crime at any minute, takes so much of the time of the police that they can not be expected to attend to their many other duties as thoroughly as we would like to have them do.
What is true of New Orleans is equally true of the smaller towns. With the invasion of tramps comes an increase of crime, while in the rural districts we are treated with many tragedies that not only send a thrill of horror through the community, but feelings of dread and panic among the unprotected women and children that make life unhappy to thousands in the more settled sections.

 The evil could have been ended long ago with anything like vigorous action and co-operation on the part of the authorities. The tramp nuisance owes its origin first to the civil war, which bred a large force of camp followers; and, second, to the labor disturbances, strikes and business depression, which threw thousands of men out of work and sent them tramping from point to point looking for "jobs." But the war is over now, and there is work for all, especially in the South. The cry just now is for more labor - for there is a labor famine everywhere. In the face of this scarcity of workers, to permit tens of thousands of tramps to invade the South this winter and to live off the community by begging and stealing would be a crime against labor and industry. In Kansas some weeks ago, when the big corn crop of that State was being harvested, the farmers showed the right spirit, capturing all tramps who wandered in to their neighborhood and putting them to work. It was neither work in the field for pay or work in jail for nothing; and in spite of the popular belief that the tramp can not be made to work they proved themselves fair farm laborers.

 Will the South adopt a vigorous policy of this kind? There seems a strong disposition on the part of several of the States to do so, Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina have strengthened their vagrant laws so that a man who is idle has to explain why he is so or go to work. As a matter of fact, the vagrant law in most of the Southern States is sufficiently strong already to rectify all evils, and the chief trouble has been in the failure to enforce it rigidly. It is gratifying to note that the local authorities in several of the States are aroused to the importance of co-operation and the vigorous enforcement of all vagrant laws. This is notably the case in Texas, and it will be unsafe for tramps to go there this winter unless they are willing to work. "The enforcement of the vagrant law will be a good thing for the vagrant," says the Dallas News, after discussing the steps that have been taken in Texas to mitigate, if not abolish, the tramp nuisance. "It may save him from a drunkard's grave, from the penitentiary, or from public burning at the stake. Leniency is not always kind. To arrest, convict, fine and work on the road some worthless and vicious fellows about the towns will be good for them. But, what if it is not good for them? It will undoubtedly be a good thing for others. Such others may be in the minority in some communities, and yet they have a few rights. They have a right to some relief from the deadbeats and beggars who have clung to them as bodies of death for many, many years. They have a right to protection against petty thieves and burglars and robbers by whom the towns are infested. They have a right to protection against the fiend in human form, the beast of the time, who begins a vagrant and ends at the stake."

 These arguments seem to have finally aroused the people of Texas to action in the matter of tramps and to overcome that absurd sentimentalism which has tolerated this great nuisance so long.

 "There is plenty of work for the vagrant to do." says the News. "If he will proceed to look after it on his own hook, so much the better. Let him be duly encouraged and rewarded. If he refuses to do his share and persists in hunting down others, then let the law take its course, and let us help the law to do it. There is cotton to pick, corn to gather, potatoes that need digging, a fall crop of hay to save, stock to look after, streets to make and roads to work. There are few towns in Texas in which there can not be rounded up a lot of loafers who should be set to breaking rock. As the winter comes on the State is going to be invaded by a grand army of vagrants from the North. They have a standing invitation to come. If we do not want them we would better take down the invitation. They should be given to understand at the grand October opening that they must earn their feeding in Texas. This rule has been adopted elsewhere, and we should proceed to adopt it in self in self defense. Whether the vagrant is a recent importation, Texas-raised, or unclassified, he should be brought under the law and either set to work or run out of the State forthwith."
If this plan is carried out, as we have little doubt it will be, judging by the expressions of the Texas papers and the Texas officials, and if "the Lone Star State" rejects and drives back the thousands of tramps who usually pasture there in winter, it will mean so many more to be cared for by Louisiana (and mainly by New Orleans) unless the authorities join those of the other Southern States in their war on tramps, hoboes and loafers and put an end to a condition of affairs which is a great drain on the South as well as the cause of most of the worst crimes perpetrated in this section.

 From the N. O. States and in the Lafayette Advertiser 10/14/1903.

Very Encouraging. - In a conversation a few days ago Dr. Stephens stated to an Advertiser reporter that the Industrial Institute has made a gratifying showing for this year in the matter of attendance, the increase this month over same date last year being nearly 25 per cent. The usual increase for colleges is from 8 to 10 per cent, so that a 25 per cent increase is very encouraging. Dr. Stephens also stated that later on departments of telegraphy, printing, agriculture and others would be added until this will be the best equipped industrial school in the South.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/14/1903.


Democratic Mass Meeting.

 On October 18 a Democratic mass meeting will be held at the court-house in Lafayette in the interest of the Broussard-Scranton ticket. Addresses will be made by Judge C. Debaillon, District Attorney Wm. Campbell, Judge Julian Mouton, Sheriff I. A. Broussard and others. Music for the occasion will be furnished by the Abbeville and Sontag brass bands.

 All Democrats throughout the parish are cordially invited to be present.

 This meeting opens the campaign for the Broussard-Scranton faction, and they will make an aggressive campaign until the primaries Jan. 19.
 Lafayette Advertiser 10/14/1903.


 At no time in the history of public education in Louisiana has there been needed in the superintendent's chair a man of special training, energy and executive ability so much as at present. This subject of popular education has at all times been one of tremendous importance, but never before have the people so realized it; and now that the movement is assuming large proportions, it is one of the most vital moment that a man with the proper qualifications should be placed at the head to direct and supervise. Such a man we believe is John B. Aswell, of Lincoln parish. His record as a school man stands high, and in every position which he has held, he has demonstrated his capacity as an organizer, displaying fine executive ability.

 John B. Aswell is a native of Louisiana, and teaching is his vocation. He prepared himself for his work at that splendid institution, the Peabody Normal at Nashville, Tenn. Upon graduation he took charge of the school at Calhoun, La., where his success was remarkable, winning recognition from the school authorities who placed him in summer institute work, where he made a signal success. As a country teacher at Calhoun, he became thoroughly acquainted with the deficiencies and needs of the country schools, and in his summer institute work was prepared by contact with the country teachers to estimate the efficiency of the schools and discover weak points. As State institute conductor his work over the State gave him opportunities which he soundly improved, to get in complete touch with the people and the educational situation.

 Mr. Aswell is a man of character, force and energy, and an ardent and zealous worker in the cause of education to which he has consecrated his life. He is no politician, he is strictly a teacher and a teacher of high ideals; such a man as will not only lend dignity to the office of State Superintendent, but will make it a lever with which to raise the public schools of the State up to a level of efficiency second to none in the Union. He is man if ideas - ideas that will apply vigor and economy to the effective force of our school system.

 The Advertiser heartily endorses the candidacy of John B. Aswell of Lincoln, and considers it a pleasure and privilege to have the opportunity to give its support to a man of his character, ability and fitness for the office of State Superintendent, than which there is no office more responsible and important in the State.   Lafayette Advertiser 10/14/1903.

Unjustifiable and Reactionary.

 It was fortunate for the school children of Lafayette that the reduction in the rate of taxation proposed by Capt. Buchanan was defeated at the last meeting of the Police Jury. The adoption of such a measure would have completely frustrated the will of that great majority of the people representing the progressive element in our parish, who through patriotic motives lately imposed a special education tax of three mills on themselves for the purpose of increasing the already insufficient appropriations of the Police Jury in support of the public schools.

 That such a reactionary measure should have been seriously proposed is a remarkable fact to contemplate in the present enlightened state of the public mind on the question of public education, and it should serve to emphasize the necessity there exists fog exercising more vigilance and discrimination in the selection of men for public office.

 If in truth there be room for retrenchment in the running expenses of the parish, it is not in the department of public education that the knife should be applied for every fair-minded citizen who has been following the work of this department in Lafayette parish in late years must acknowledge that this branch of the public service is being managed honestly and with conspicuous ability.

 A blow aimed at the public schools through a reduction in the general rate of taxation would be in direct contravention of the will of the people as expressed at the polls on the 19th, of last June for a supplemental school tax, and would be destructive of the most influential force now at work for the upbuilding of our people and parish - public education.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/14/1903.  

Attempted Burglary. - Thursday night someone attempted to enter the home of Mr. Ralph Voorhies; but was discovered and frightened off.
Laf. Advertiser 10/14/1903.

Complimentary to O. B. Hopkins.

 "The St. Louis Lumberman" in its October issue compliments Manager O. B. Hopkins of the Vordenbaumen Lumber Company, of this city, by printing in full, with a fine half tone picture of him, his address before the Retail Lumber Dealers' Association in Shreveport last month. It also adds the following complimentary mention:

 "O. B. Hopkins, who was elected Assistant Secretary of the Retail Lumber Dealers' Association of Mississippi and Louisiana at the Shreveport meeting, is secretary and manager of the Vordenbaumen Lumber Company of Lafayette, La. He will have active personal charge of the association's interests in Louisiana, and was elected to his new position not only because of his exceptional fitness therefor, but in graceful recognition of his energies and tireless services in the association's behalf in the Pelican state.

 Mr. Hopkins is a native of Louisiana, having been born at Lafayette 26 years ago. His father, Thos. B. Hopkins is a prominent physician of that place, where he has practiced his profession for the past forty years. Mr. Hopkins has been engaged in the retail lumber business for three years; prior to that time he was identified with the general mercantile line.

 In addition to being an earnest, enthusiastic worker for the interests of the association in his State, where his knowledge of and familiarity with lumber trade conditions are concededly superior. Mr. Hopkins is a most capable and successful young business man - and, withal, a convention orator of note and promise.

 An address delivered by him before the Shreveport meeting securely established his reputation in this line."
 Lafayette Advertiser 10/14/1903.     

Available at Lafayette Drug Store.

Ping Pong!  the best game out!
   Sets $1.00 to $4.50... Lafayette Drug Store.
                        Lafayette Advertiser 10/14/1903.

The Miller-Bryan Company.

 The Miller-Bryan Company presented "A True Kentuckian" at Falk's Opera House last night to a good audience. The play was full of interest and was well presented. The company is a strong one, and will no doubt be well patronized to-night when they the great comedy drama, "What Happened to Simpkins." Lafayette Advertiser 10/14/1904.

Filed Petition in Bankruptcy. - R. H. Broussard, dealer in general merchandise filed through Attorney J. L. Kennedy, bankrupt proceedings in the United States District Court Thursday. Assets, $7,000; liabilities, $6,000, with the following principal creditors; A. D. Verrot, Lafayette, $1,500; A. Mackie Grocery Company, $1,100; J. N. Schwabacher, $900. A number of smaller claims, averaging $200, due J. Morris Co., Schwartz Bros., Schmidt & Ziegler and others, are included.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/14/1903.

Will Cost More at Barber Shop. - Beginning to-morrow the barbers of Lafayette will charge 35 cents for a hair cut instead of 25 cents as heretofore. If you need a hair cut, better see about it to-day and save a dime, for after to-day it is 35 cents straight.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/14/1903.

Southern Pacific to Havana. - The Southern Pacific has just issued a very handsome folder giving information in regard to their New York-New Orleans-Havana Steamship lines. It contains a number of excellent views of these three cities and a short account of points of interest. Laf. Advertiser 10/14/1903.

A Bad Negro. - Friday night Deputy Marshal Veazey exchanged shots with a negro whom he wanted to arrest. The negro, who is a stranger here, with two others was making the rounds of the saloons playing music. They were ordered from Pellerin's saloon, when this negro became impudent. Mr. Veazey was called, but the negro drew a pistol and advanced on the negro when two shots were fired by each; both went wild and no one was hurt. The negro then broke and ran and succeeded in escaping. Surrounding towns were notified and if possible the negro will captured.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/14/1903.

Cases Disposed Of.

 Fifteen cases have been disposed of so far at this term of court. All are colored excepting the two for slander. Judge Debaillon will pass sentence Saturday. Those convicted are as follows:

 Remi Hebert, assault and battery; Wm. Foote, disturbing a peaceable assembly; Adam Maxile, horse stealing; Edward Breaux, concealed weapons; Alex Martin, concealed weapon; Baptiste Faulk, concealed weapon; Mrs. Numa Bernard, slander, fined $10.00; Numa Bernard, slander, fined $10.00; Wilson Dugas, assault and battery; Joseph Broussard, concealed weapon; Egnace Williams, disturbing a peaceable assembly; Ceaser Buchanan, shooting with intent to kill; Joseph Andres, larceny; Henry Griffin, assault and battery. Lafayette Advertiser 10/14/1903.  

 Visit Anse La Butte and Oil Territory. - Will Probably Invest.

 A party consisting of Gov. Hogg, Gen. Nelson A. Miles, Jas. W. Swayne, of the Hogg-Swayne Syndicate and J. N. Bruck, an oil expert of Boston, who are visiting oil fields of Louisiana and Texas, arrived in Lafayette Friday afternoon, and are still here. They have been making a thorough investigation of the Anse la Butte oil field and surrounding country, and have expressed the belief that it is destined to be a second Sour Lake. Two gentlemen, experienced in the oil business, Messrs. Brooks and Wood, joined the party Monday.

 After thoroughly looking over the field, negotiations were begun by Gov. Hogg, Gen. Miles and Mr. Bruck for the purchase of a number of large and small tracts of land with a view of proceeding to develop them. Late yesterday evening no deal had been consummated.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/14/1903.


 MR. EDITOR: - In your issue of Sept. 16, I noticed a very good article under the caption, The Citizen's Duty. It says that every man owes a duty to the community in which he lives and that he has no right to shirk the responsibilities entailed by services to his fellow citizens, to which I say hear! hear! As I have adopted Lafayette as my home and now lived here eleven years, I feel that I am a full-fledged citizen and have a right to voice in the public affairs of our parish. But being in my 78th year and having spent about fifty years of that time in public life, I begin to feel that it is about time for me to lay by, yet I something like an old worn out hunter. When I hear the sound of the huntsman's horn and the cry of the hounds, it brings me to my feet, I feel that I must join in the hunt.

 Our energetic School Board and City Council have set the wheels of progress rolling, and our local press very justly eulogize the School Board for its good work, and the City Council for the intelligent, liberal and progressive spirit they have shown. I think they are all worthy of great praise, especially when we take into consideration that all the members of the Council are large property owners and are willing to tax themselves equally with all other property owners for the benefit and aggrandizement of our city. It is very much to be hoped that our Police Jury will be struck with the same liberal and progressive spirit in the affair of the parish that animates our City Council. I am told that each individual member of the Jury owns land in the parish worth from ten to fifteen and twenty thousand dollars; that will give them a splendid opportunity to take a leaf from the program of our City Council.

 The parish of Lafayette contains over 39,700 acres of land, valued at $25 per acre (a low estimate), which gives a valuation of over $9,500,000. All this vast amount of real estate is not assessed for one day's work on the public roads, nor one dollar special tax for the purpose of working them. A very large proportion of the real estate in this parish is owned by men over sixty and absentees, who neither pay road tax, vehicle tax or per capita tax. The roads are all built and repaired for those rich landlords free of cost, but the poor man, who is not worth a nickel in real estate, and the school boy over eighteen, who, as a rule, is worth nothing but his clothes and school books, they, according to law and the Police Jury's last report of all delinquents, have to turn out and work twelve days on the roads (after the tenth day of this month), or suffer the consequences.

 Since writing the above I have read the grand jury's report. I was very highly pleased with it. I think they deserve great praise for the able, intelligent and statesmanlike manner in which they treated every public measure which they took up. I refer strictly to the report of the jury, word for word, not the polished up comments of others. The system of land tax, which they so highly recommend is identically the same as the one that I have been advocating through the local press for the last four or five years. I have a dozen or more clippings from the local papers on the same subject of taxation.
                      J. NIKCKERSON.
        Lafayette Advertiser 10/14/1903.


City Council Proceedings.

 Lafayette, La., Oct. 5, 1903.
 Regular meeting of the City Council was held this day, Mayor Chas. D. Caffery presiding.

 Members present: J. O. Mouton, A. E. Mouton, H. L. Fontenot, M. Rosenfield, F. Demanade, G. A. DeBlanc, D. V. Gardebled.

 Minutes of previous meeting approved as read.

 Chairman of Water & Light Committee reported having received invoice for pumps and everything was in readiness for same on its arrival.

 The treasurer's and Mayor's report was accepted as follows:

 Mr. A. J. LeBlanc representing the fire department asked that free lights and license be furnished for the purpose of a street fair to be held in December for the benefit of the department.

 Moved and duly seconded that a committee of three be appointed to contract for street fair to be composed of the Mayor and two others, who are authorized to contract and execute with a representative of the U. S. Carnival Co., also the manner in which said carnival shall be conducted, it being understood that said exhibition is to be given for the benefit of the fire department of this town and that the share of the department in the proceeds shall be not less than 25 per cent of all receipts and that said committee is also authorized to appoint a committee of six, two from each Company who shall have full charge of all matters relative to said show, so far as the department is concerned. Motion carried.

 Committee appointed by Mayor, Dr. F. E. Girard, F. V. Mouton.

 The following communication was received and ordered spread on minutes.

    Lafayette, La., Sept. 12, 1903.
 Hon. C. D. Caffery, Mayor of Lafayette, Lafayette, La. - Dear Sir:  This is to advise yourself and the City Council of Lafayette that the recent ordinance lately adopted by that body ordering an assessment of only two thirds of the actual costs of paving certain side walks of the town against the property owners abutting on the side walk, instead of assessing the whole costs of said side walks, as fixed by the Legislature in whom this power is exclusively vested, is considered illegal in so far as it attempts to charge the property benefitted with only two thirds of the benefit received, and to charge the other third to other property owners, who under the law, as above stated, in the contemplation of the Legislature, receive no benefit; and unless the ordinance is amended so as to conform to the law by charging the abutting owners all the costs, judicial proceedings will be instituted to prevent the consummation of any contract to carry it out. Desiring, however, to avoid unnecessary litigation, suggest that this question be examined by yourself and the council, to the end the litigation be avoided, if my views are concurred in.
            ORTHER C. MOUON.

 Whereupon the City Council having considered above notice and finding that they are without authority in law to pay any portion of said walks, adopted the following ordinance.


 Section I. - Be it ordained by the City Council of Lafayette, La., that in the exercise of the powers conferred upon it by Act No. 147 of the acts of the Legislature of this state, of the year 1902, this Council shall hereafter whenever the public interest requires it, pave, plank, gravel, mechanimize or otherwise improve the sidewalks, curbing, or any part thereof, within the corporation limits of said town, and shall levy and collect special taxes or local assessment on real estate abutting the sidewalk or curbing to be improved, for the defraying the cost thereof.

 Section II. - Be it ordained that whenever the City Council shall decide to pave or improve any side walks or curbing in said town, it shall pass an ordinance calling for bids for the work, of which ten days notice shall be given in the newspapers published in this town, and shall let the contract to the lowest responsible bidder who can give satisfactory security; and after the contract has been awarded, the Council shall provide by ordinance, for an assessment of all real estate abutting the sidewalk, curbing or portion thereof to be paved or improved; provided that in case no satisfactory bid is received, then, and in that event, the said City Council shall proceed to do such work under the direction and supervision of the street committee of said City Council, and the cost thereof shall be assessed against the property abutting said sidewalks or portion thereof.

 Section III. - Be ordained that as provided by said act of the Legislature, the owners of real estate abutting said sidewalk or curbing, shall pay the entire cost of said work, or the basis of the respective frontage of said property abutting the same.

 Section IV. - Be it further ordained that the sum assessed against the real estate shall be due and collectable within ten days after the completion of the work and its acceptance by the City Council, and if not paid within ten days the City Council shall have the power to proceed by suit against said owners and against the said real estate to collect the delinquent assessment; and the said municipality shall have a special privilege on said property or properties to secure the payment of the same assessed against it, with six per cent per annum interest thereon from the expiration of said ten days until paid, when lien shall be the first privilege over all other claims except taxes, said privilege shall effect third persons from the date of the registry of the assessment in the Mortgage Book of the parish of Lafayette, provided that the City Council instead of enforcing the said assessment as above fixed, upon the payment in cash by the property owner of twenty per cent of the amount due by said property owner, may in their discretion authorize the Mayor to sign and issue certificates showing the amounts respectively due by persons and properties on said sidewalks or curbing so paved or improved, which shall be payable in one, two, three, four and five years, or sooner, at the option of the owner of the property, with six per cent per annum, interest payable annually; which said certificates (with a copy of same recorded with the assessment as aforesaid) duly paragraphed as being duly recorded by the Recorder of Mortgages, shall be secured by the first privilege on the property prior to all other charges except taxes, and may be transferred carrying the lien and privilege of the transferer at their face value to the contractor in payment of the work and paving done on said sidewalks or curbing or portion thereof; provided that where the work is done by the City Council the said certificates may be transferred to other persons and shall enjoy the lien and privilege aforesaid.

 Section V. - Be it further ordained that this ordinance shall take effect at once.

 Yeas: J. O. Mouton, A. E. Mouton, D. V. Gardebled, H. L. Fontenot, G. A. DeBlanc, F. Demanade, M. Rosenfield.

 Moved by D. V. Gardebled, seconded by H. L. Fontenot, that cement pavement walks be made on both sides of the street along the route outlined in the ordinance.

 Yeas: H. L. Fontenot, D. V. Gardebled.  Nays: J. O. Mouton, A. E. Mouton, M. Rosenfield, G. A. DeBlanc, F. Demanade. Motion lost.

The following ordinance was also unanimously adopted:

 Section I. - Be it ordained by the City Council of Lafayette, La., that under and virtue of an ordinance this day adopted, entitled "An ordinance relative to sidewalks in the town of Lafayette, La.," and in accordance with the provisions of Act No. 147 of the acts of the Legislature of this state of the year 1902, and considering that the public interest requires it, that a cement walk, six feet in width, and the necessary curbing thereto, and otherwise according to specifications in possession of the street committee of this Council, be built between the following points and along the following route, to wit:

 Starting on Grant Avenue at the centre line of the Crescent News Hotel, thence along the West side of said Grant Avenue to Lincoln Avenue to Pierce street, thence along the Southeastern side of Pierce street to Jefferson street, thence along the East side of Jefferson street to Vermilion street to Lafayette street, thence along the East side of Lafayette street to North Main street.

 Starting again at the corner of Lee Avenue and Vermilion street on the North side of Vermilion street and running thence along the East side of St. John street to Main street.

 Section. II - Be it further ordained that a plank walk of six feet in width, wherever possible, and of such lesser width as may be necessary to conform to the width of the sidewalk, and otherwise according to specification in possession to the street committee, be built between the following points to-wit:

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

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

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

 4. From corner of Grant Avenue and Lincoln Avenue, on East of Railroad, running on North of Lincoln Avenue to Chestnut street:

 Section III. - Be it further ordained that public notice be given for ten days of this ordinance, moreover, calling for bids to do said work, which bids may include both the said cement and plank walks, or for either and that the contract for said work shall be let to the lowest responsible bidder who shall give satisfactory security to the street committee in a sum to be determined by them for the faithful compliance of the contract and the completion of said work.

 Section IV. Be it further ordained that the entire cost of said side walks shall be paid by the owners of the real estate abutting the same on the faces of the respective frontage of the property on said side walk, which amounts shall be due and collectable within ten days after the completion of the work and its acceptance by the City Council of this town, and if not paid within ten days, the Council shall proceed by suit against the said owners and said real estate, to collect said delinquent assessment, and for the payment of said so assessed, this Council shall have a special privilege on said properties, with six per cent annum interest thereon, from the expiration of said ten days until paid, which lien shall be the first privilege over all claims except taxes, and shall effect third persons, from the date of the registry of the assessment in the Mortgage Book of parish of Lafayette.

 Section V. - Be it further ordained that the street committee of this Council may, and are hereby authorized, in their discretion, to accept said work or any part thereof, by sections of one or more blocks.

 VI. - Be it further ordained that in case no satisfactory bid is received for the construction of said cement walks or of said plank walks, then, that said street committee is hereby authorized and empowered to proceed without delay to construct the same, or cause the same to be constructed, as provided by said Act No. 147 of 1902.

 Moved by E. A. Mouton, duly seconded, that the sum of thirty dollars be paid Mrs. Huff for fraction or a piece of ground lying outside of her fence at southwest corner thereof. Motion carried.

 Be it ordained that the regular tax to meet the current expenses for the year 1903, 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 year 1903. Adopted. Lafayette Advertiser 10/14/1903.

Country Schools Ordered to Open First Monday in December.

 Lafayette, La., Oct. 1, 1903.

 At a regular meeting of the Parish School Board held on the above date the following members answered to roll call: Mr. A. Olivier, President, Mr. Alex Delhomme, Mr. Jasper Spell, Mr. A. C. Guilbeau, Mr. A. D. Verot, S. J. Montgomery. Absent: Dr. N. P. Moss, Dr. R. O. Young and Mr. H. Theall.

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

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

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

 On motion of Mr. Guilbeau the Board decided to accept the proposition of the people of Duson to raise by note $250.00, and to bind itself to take up this note when it became due.

 Mr. Bertrand representing the Bertrand school community petitioned the Board to furnish an additional room to their school-house, saying that the citizens were ready to raise the amount necessary to build the addition. Mr. Bertrand stated that there were two teachers and an attendance of seventy-five pupils at his school-house and that all the room available was a small room 20x30. He urged the necessity of immediate attention on the part of the Board, otherwise the teachers and students were put a great disadvantage to do their work.

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

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

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

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

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

 The secretary was authorized to make a reduction for the overflowed land in lot 13 (new number) in section 16, township 11 south range 5 east.

 On motion of Mr. Spell, seconded by Mr. Delhomme, the treasurer was authorized to discount as many school land notes in his possession as would be necessary to meet the current expenses of the Board.

 The following bills were approved:

 The treasurer's report was then read:

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

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

 Respectfully submitted,
            J. E. MARTIN, Tres.
 Lafayette, La., Oct. 1, 1903.

 There being no further business the board adjourned.
A. OLIVIER, President.
L. J. ALLEMAN, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/14/1903.


 The last Grand Jury showed a proper appreciation of their duties when they included in their investigations an examination into the condition of the public school system of the parish.

 If it is considered necessary to inspect jails and report on the condition of the inmates, it surely should not be regarded as less necessary for the public good to visit school houses and be concerned about the welfare of the school children. On the contrary, the duty of looking after the youth of the land rises to the highest importance, because the training up of the boys and the girls along sound moral and intellectual lines will work effectually in them for the protection of the society; and by arming their nature against evil tendencies, a good education undoubtedly contributes toward a domination of crime with its attending burdens upon the community.

 Thus it is seen that the school house, in its best sense, is a deterrent of crime and a useful accessory for the preservation of law and order. In the world of medicine it is acknowledged that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," and the wisdom contained in this good old maxim applies with no less force  in the realm of morals and intellectuality.

 Understanding then that the more care we bestow upon the school house, the less attention we will be called upon to give to the jail, it behooves us to bend all our energies in the direction of the farmer, and in that way not only relieve society of much of the burdens traceable to neglected childhood, but also largely add to the usefulness of man. Lafayette Advertiser 10/14/1903.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 10/14/1903.

 Mrs. O. B. Hopkins returned Friday from Greenville, Texas, where she has been visiting her parents.

 Mr. Ike Bendel and sister, Mrs. M. Meyer paid a visit to New Orleans last week.

 Pong Pong, the best game out, sets $1.00 to $4.50 at Lafayette Drug Store.

 Miss Ula Coronna has accepted a position in the Compress office.

 Try Yandle's ice-cream, it is nice. Cakes made to order.

 On account of repairs Mrs. Ada Roy has removed her dress making establishment next to Carter's studio in her residence, for the present.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/14/1903.

 From the Lafayette Gazette of October 14th, 1899:


 The "Reformers" Hold a Meeting at Falk's Hall and Decide to Have a Mass Meeting to Nominate a Ticket.

 The "reformers" held a meeting at Falk's hall last Saturday. As The Gazette seems to have been placed under the ban of proscription by the "truly good" it was not permitted to be present and it must have recourse to the account of the Picayune for information. Strange to say the Pic correspondent has not yet forfeited his right to breathe in the pure atmosphere of reform circles and he was allowed to linger awhile among the ranks of the reformation. The Gazette must have committed some dreadful political sins to have earned the ill-will of its esteemed friends who are engaged in the philanthropic undertaking of demolishing rings, machines and combines.

 The Picayune tells us that the meeting was presided over by J. O. Broussard, of Pilette. The Gazette dislikes to note this part of the proceedings for its old friend from the 7th ward had these many years been content to remain under the paternal wings of the rooster and his apparent defection will no doubt cause the old bird some genuine sorrow. But we are not permitted to consult our feelings and must tell things just as they happened.
Mr. R. W. Elliot was made secretary.

 Mr. Crow Girard was the only speaker. He spoke of the primaries and is reported as having said that the committee has no right to place any restrictions or qualifications upon voters.
Had Mr. Girard said that the committee has no power to allow any but Democrats to participate in the primaries he would have stated it correctly. The executive committee was elected by the Democrats of the parish and it is not possible that Mr. Girard is serious in his contention that it has no right to fix certain restrictions and qualifications. The committee has nothing to do with the wishes of the Republicans who have their own party and can nominate their candidates in the manner that suits them. Whatever the qualifications will be we do not know. We are confident they will be fair and reasonable and will not deprive any Democrat of his rights. The question of devising means to select a ticket was taken up. Mr. Torian argued in favor of a mass meeting. Mr. Latiolais advocated another plan. He want to give every ward a chance. His way was to hold a convention where each ward would be represented by a certain number of delegates. There was a wide divergence of opinion on this question. It was finally agreed to appoint a committee to look into the matter. The committee recommended Mr. Torian's plan and Mr. Latiolais' proposition got the kinky-dink. It was decided to meet at Pilette on Oct. 21, where and when the faithful are supposed to express their choice for candidates. In the meantime there will no doubt be considerable friction among the candidates. Rumor says that there are three candidates for the nomination of sheriff. The names of Messrs. Paul Martin, L. G. Stelly and Claude Latiolais are mentioned. It is believed that the interests of Mr. Stelly's candidacy have been enhanced by the plan to hold a mass meeting at Pilette. All three men have some following and the contest may leave some scars. For the other officers we have not heard of any candidates, but is not probable that there will be no aspirants for every office in sight. With the present burning desire to reform things it is hardly probable that our reforming friends will not be able to suppress their well-known aversion to holding office in order to carry out their lofty ideas of reform to a successful and glorious termination. The Gazette has no doubt that when the urgent necessity of their active co-operation is presented to them clearly and fully they will smother their innate dislike for public office and will throw themselves of into the arena at a time of such dire peril to the liberties of the people.

 There were about fifty men present, which was, considering the wide publicity given to the meeting, very small. The second ward was conspicuous by its absence.
Lafayette Gazette 10/14/1899.  

[New Orleans Daily States.]

 It is cheerful to read our Louisiana country exchanges these days. Coming from the cooler and serener atmosphere of the country, they take a dispassionate view of the political situation in New Orleans, and they are naturally disgusted with the lies with which the Jacksonians are flooding the city and the foul blackguardism with which the Jack orators and journals are belching forth. We assure our excellent contemporary, the Lafayette Gazette, from which we make the following excerpt, that the Democratic ticket is a clean and truly representative ticket. Most of the nominees are men of property; all of them possess the confidence of the people of the wards which they are to represent and in which they live. The Jacks have denounced the ticket as whole in the vilest terms, but they do not dare to denounce it in detail. It represents the Democratic people of New Orleans and it is going to be elected by a big majority. It is not a boss ticket and it is not a ring ticket, and the Jacks know that it is not; but they have declared they have no political principle on which to stand; that their whole aim in good government, a profession that every pirate or highway robber can make. No doubt old John Brown, if interrogated before he was swung up on the gallows, would have said that when he invaded Virginia with arms in a war of fire and slaughter, that he was seeking to establish good government in Virginia, and he intended to do it if he slaughtered every man, woman and child in the State and burned every mansion to the ground, and having no political principle on which to stand, their only method of discussion in blackguardism.

 "We are not in politics; damn both parties. We are for good government only," has been the cry of every band of political marauders that has ever been organized to destroy the Democratic party. A party that stands on no political principle is not a party for good government; it is a party for spoils exclusively, and that is just the sort of a party the Jacks constitute.

 The Democratic ticket now before the people represents the people; it was nominated by the people, and it is responsible to the people. It stands on the Democratic platform, national, State and municipal, and that includes every reform that any people can desire.

 We are glad to have our country contemporaries speak. The Democracy of New Orleans desire their good words and their confidence. We are going to save New Orleans from a gang of office-seekers and political desperadoes, and we are going to help our country friends save the State, and together, country and city, we are going to carry Louisiana, for the next national Democratic ticket, and thus help to preserve our free constitutional institutions.

 Our Lafayette contemporary concludes a very excellent and soundly Democratic article as follows:

 "The Gazette will certainly not presume to tell the people of New Orleans what is best for them, but it does not hesitate to say that the success of the regular ticket in that city is a consummation devoutly to be wished by every Democrat in Louisiana. If the regular ticket were as bad as the carping critics of the reformers would make it appear, such staunch journals as the Picayune and States would not be found among the supporters of Mr. Capdevielle and the other nominees of the Democracy, and from all accounts the voters of New Orleans are taking that view of it. Everything points to the overwhelmingly defeat of the Flower ticket and a triumphant victory for the regulars." F

From the New Orleans Daily States and in the Lafayette Gazette 10/14/1899.


To be Given for the Benefit of the Methodist Church - Will Take Place Oct. 20.

 A pulpit set and carpet are needed for the Methodist church and the ladies of the congregation have decided to give a concert at Falk's Hall on Friday, Oct. 20, to raise the money necessary top buy these articles. They have arranged a most interesting program which will be presented on the day mentioned. The small sum of 25 cents will be charged for admission. The ladies will prepare some nice things in the way of refreshments which will be sold at very reasonable prices. The following is the program:

Lafayette Gazette 10/14/1899.

Deserved Promotion. - The friends of Mr. L. J. Serrett will be pleased to learn of his promotion. He was appointed dispatcher for the Southern Pacific at Houston, and will doubtless fill that position with that efficiency which has always made his services eminently satisfactory to his employers. His recent promotion was the reward of years of faithful, diligent and assiduous performance of his duty. The Gazette felicitates its friend upon his success.   Lafayette Gazette 10/14/1899.


Now or Never! - Now or never is the time for Lafayette to get a move on herself. She has the chance of her lifetime and if she fails to take advantage of it she ought to have her old head soaked in dishwater. Nature has bestowed upon her the choicest blessings; the State of Louisiana offers to give her a most precious prize if she only shows herself worthy, and the only thing tht remains to be done is in the hands of her people. Will they or will they not do what should be done? The Gazette would like to know.  Lafayette Gazette 10/14/1899.

City Council Proceedings.

 Lafayette, La., October 9th, 1893. - At a regular meeting held this day, the following members were present to-wit:  Wm. Campbell, Mayor, A. T. Caillouet, Felix Demanade, A. M. Martin, Alb. Cayard, John O. Mouton. Absent: Fred Mouton and I. N. Satterfield.

 The minutes of last meeting were read and approved.

 Be it resolved by the City Council that the sum of $175.00 be and is hereby appropriated to the High School building of the Town of Lafayette for the purpose of fitting said High School building with necessary furniture &c. &c.

 Be it further resolved by the City Council that the sum of $25.00 be and is hereby appropriated for the relief of the sufferers of the storm at Grand Island, Chenier Caminada and other places, and the mayor is hereby authorized to draw said amount from the Treasury and forward same to the relief fund of the Times-Democrat to be distributed among the sufferers, &c.

 Moved and seconded that a Committee of three be appointed by the mayor, he to be ex-officio member of said committee to confer with other committees appointed by the School Board for the purpose of devising means and revenues to run and maintain in proper way the High School ;  on said committee was appointed: A. M. Martin. Felix Demanade, and John O. Mouton.

 The following accounts were laid over.

  Moss Bros. & Co. ... $6.45
  Moss Bros. & Co. ... $1.40
  Numas Shayot ... $1.2o
     Total ... $9.05.

 The following were allowed to-wit:

  John Vigneaux, Marshall, month of August and September ... $100.00
  Emile Romero, Aug. and Sept. ... $100.00
  W. Graser, Aug. and Sept. ... $100.00
  H. Billeaud, jailer, feeding prisoners during August ... $18.40
  F. Demanade, wicks & burners ... $2.45

  Mrs. E. Guidry, attending street lamps ... $60.00
  R. L. McBride, repairing bridges and plank walk ... $25.25
  O. Hebert, hauling lumber ... $3.25
  Moss Bros. & Co., steel figures and steel lamps stamp etc. ... $11.65
  L. Lacoste, spades, hoes & sharper ... $4.25
  Wm. Graser and F. Romero, hauling 23 dead dogs at 25 cts. ... $5.75
  Waters Pierce Oil Co., 3 barrels of oil ... $15.15

 On motion the Council adjourned to next regular meeting.
 Nevue, secy.
 Lafayette Advertiser 10/14/1893.


Police Jury Proceedings.

 Lafayette, La., Oct. 5, 1899. - The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: R. C. Landry, C. C. Brown, Ben Avant, Alfred Hebert, Alonzo Lacey, Jno. Whittington and Jno. E. Primeaux. Absent: M. Billeaud, Jr.

 The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

 The Board of Supervisors of Election submitted a report of the special election held Sept. 26, to decide the question of levying a special tax of two mills on the dollar for ten years in favor of the Industrial School as provided by Act 162 of 1893, as follows:

 Number of votes for said tax, 270; valuation of property for said tax, $331,617; votes cast against said tax, 70; valuation of property against said tax, $56,265; total votes cast, 344; total valuation $387.882.

 The said official report was duly approved and ordered filed.

 Considering the foregoing report of the said Board of Supervisors of Election, the following ordinance was moved and duly adopted:


AN ORDINANCE to levy and collect a special tax of two mills on the dollar of the assessed value of property in the corporation limits of the town of Lafayette, La., annually for a period of ten years, beginning with the year 1900 and ending with the year 1909, to secure the location in the parish of Lafayette, La., of the State Industrial Institute provided for by Act No. 162 of the Acts of the Legislature of this State of the year 1898; the title of said Institute to be in the public and said special tax when collected, shall be used for the benefit of said Industrial Institute to be located in the parish of Lafayette, La. All in accordance with the petition of the property tax-payers of said town of Lafayette, and the election thereon, under the provisions of Act. 232 of the constitution and Act No. 131 of the Acts of the Legislature of 1898. Whereas, upon a petition signed by more than one-third of the property tax-payers of the town of Lafayette, La., and therefore, presented to this body, an election was ordered to take the sense of the property tax-payers of said town on the proposition to assess, levy and collect a special tax of two mills on the dollar of the assessed value of property in said town of Lafayette, La., annually, for a period of ten years, beginning with the year 1900 and ending with the year 1909, to secure the location in the parish of Lafayette, La., of the State Industrial Institute, provided for by Act 162 of the Acts of the Legislature of 1898, and whereas an ordinance was adopted ordering said election, in accordance with the terms of said petition and the same then published for thirty days, and said election duly held according to law, and a majority of the property tax-payers of said town of Lafayette, La., entitled to vote under the general election laws of the State, in numbers and in value, having voted in favor of said tax of two mills for ten years. Therefore

 SECTION I. - Be it ordained by the City Council of Lafayette, La., that a special tax of two mills on the dollar of the assessed value of all property in the said town of Lafayette, La., annually for ten years, beginning with the year 1900 and ending with the year 1909, be and is hereby assessed, levied and shall be collected for the purpose of securing the location in the parish of Lafayette, La., of the Industrial Institute, provided by Act No. 162 of the Acts of the Legislature of the State for the year 1898.

 SECTION II. - Be it further ordained, etc., That said special tax of two mills shall be extended annually for the period hereinabove provided, on the assessment roll of said town at the same time that the general tax is extended and shall be collected within the same time and in the same manner as the general tax is or may be collected.

 SECTION III. - Be it further ordained, etc., That in the event said State Industrial Institute, provided for by Act No. 162 of the Legislature of 1898, be located in the parish of Lafayette, La., the said special tax of two mills shall be duly collected and shall be subject to the order of, and paid to, the proper authorities of the State of Louisiana as may be provided by law, and shall be used for the benefit of said Industrial Institute, so located in the parish of Lafayette, La., to be known as the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute.

 SECTION IV. - Be it further ordained, That in the event said Industrial Institute is not located in the parish of Lafayette, La., then this ordinance shall be without effect.

 SECTION V. - Be it further ordained, That this ordinance shall take effect from and after its passage.

 Yeas: R. C. Landry, Jno. Whittington, Hebert, Lacey, Primeaux, Avant and Brown. Nays: None.

 A petition from the first ward praying for an appropriation to build a school house near Alex Martin's was read and action thereon deferred until January.

 Clerk Voorhies here appeared and represented the dilapidated condition of the marriage index and asked to be authorized to transferring same. Held over.

 Assessor Martin was authorized to copy the special road tax (unreadable word) for 1990 from the rolls of 1899.

 By motion the insurance policies of the court-house were renewed through S. R. Parkerson, agent, for three years in the sum of $5,000.

 On application a free license to keep fruit a fruit stand was granted unto Rodolph Prejean, instead of the appropriation for indigency.

   The following account was laid over:

 A. Gladu, deputy coroner fees ... $63.00.

 The following accounts were approved:

  I. A. Broussard, feeding prisoners ... $263.25
  Wm. Clegg, sundries for court, etc. ... $56.70
  E. G. Voorhies, clerk's fees ... $32.50
  Blanch Martin ... Feeding jury ... $6.00
  H. Van der Cruyssen, summons, etc. ... $4.5o
  H. Van der Cruyssen, 1,000 certificates ... $4.50
  Jerome Mouton, mak'g list of voters ... $10.00
  J. A. Labbe, clerk registration, etc. ... $62.50
  J. H. Mouton, repairing grader ... $2.50
  A. M. Martin, assessor's fees ... $713.77
  P. A. Delhomme, sup. of education ... $15.00
  Arthur Comeaux, sup. of election ... $15.00
  A. M. Martin, registrar of spec. elec. ... $60.00
  A. M. Martin, sup. of election ... $15.00
  Geo. DeBlanc, 10 bbl. coal ... $6.00
  E. H. Vordenbaumen, lumber ... $65.00
  Jules Guidry, Alf. A. Delhomme, Felix Bernard, C. A. Boudreaux, B. Avant, H. Wagner, W. Foote, L. Billeaud, G. Bienvenue, Thos. Webb, Jr., Horace Mouton, Arthur Martin, A. F. Voorhies, J. E. Mouton, G. Bonuemaison, Laodis Broussard, J. O. Savoy, Ed. L. Estorge, A. Olivier, Anatole Monte, Alex Billeaud, A. L. Guilbeau, Erville Simoneaux, Ferdinand Breaux, A. Trahan, Camille Guilbeau, Geo. Melchoir, J. T. Jeanmard, R. H. Broussard, J. A. Labbe, Eloi Bonin, J. S. Broussard, A. D. Landry, Leopold Guidry, Jno. Whittington, commissioners of election, each ... $3.00.

 There being no further business the Jury adjourned.
R. C. LANDRY, President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 10/14/1899.

School Board.

 Lafayette, La., Oct. 5, 1899. - The School Board met this day with the following members present: Mr. Delhomme, Mr. Spell, Dr. Hopkins, Mr. Billeaud, Mr. Olivier, and Mr. Dupuis. Absent: Mr. Durke and Mr. Broussard.

 The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved after the following correction being made: Miss M. E. Olivier, having been appointed to the Whittington eighth ward school vice E. R. Labbe, resigned.

 All petitions for new schools and for assistants in schools already established were laid on the table.

 On motion of Mr. Delhomme, seconded by Mr. Dupuis, Mr. R. B. Martin was removed from the position of teacher of the J. C. Broussard, 1st ward school, and Mr. N. Arceneaux appointed in his stead, a petition, numerously signed by the patrons of that school being presented to the Board by Mr. Delhomme, asking the removal of Mr. Martin and the appointment of Mr. Arceneaux.

 On motion of Mr. Delhomme, duly seconded, Mr. Sylvin Richard was appointed trustee of the Guidry, vice Louis Bernard.

 On motion of Mr. Dupuis, seconded by Mr. Spell, it was resolved that the teachers of the primary school in Lafayette parish guide their classes in conformity to the grades of the High School so as to afford every child in the parish an opportunity of entering said school.

 On motion of Mr. Spell, seconded by Mr. Billeaud, it was resolved that each director be hereby authorized to make the necessary repairs in the school house of his respective ward, provided said repairs shall not exceed $5 per school.

 On motion of Mr. Olivier, seconded by Mr. Billeaud, Dr. Hopkins was authorized to buy one heater for the Lafayette Primary School.

 The following accounts were approved:

  A. M. Martin, for 3,944 polls, at 4c. a head. ... $157.76
  Chas. Oudin, lumber and hardward ... $4.42
  B. Avant, hardware for Duson school ... $1.70

 The treasurer's report was accepted as follows:

 To the Hon. President and Members of School Board parish of Lafayette, La. Following is a statement of receipts and disbursements of school funds since my last report:

 Balance on hand $690.02.

 Respectfully submitted,
         J. E. MARTIN, Parish Treasurer.
 Lafayette, La., Oct. 2, 1899.
    The Board adjourned.
          C. F. LATIOLAIS, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 10/14/1899.

Selected News Notes (Gazette) 10/14/1899.

 The rains which have recently fallen have no doubt done a great deal of good to the cane crop. From all accounts all sections of the parish were blessed by copious showers and the rejoicing is general.

 Albert Durand and Frank Mouton, of St. Martinville, were in Lafayette Sunday.

 First-class dental work by Dr. J. A. Martin.

 Dr. and Mrs. Ducrocq, of Lafourche Crossing, were the guests of Dr. and Mrs. J. D. Trahan last week. They returned to their home, Monday.

 Ed Matthews, one of our progressive young farmers, brought us a sample of his corn crop of this year. It is only another evidence of the fertility of our soil and of its adaptability.

 Arthur Voorhies, the well-known drummer, was in Lafayette this week.
Lafayette Gazette 10/14/1899.

 From the Lafayette Gazette of October 14th, 1893:


 Now that the High School building has been completed, and a sufficient amount of money appropriated by the police jury and the city council to furnish all necessary furniture and school apparatus, the urgent importance of setting the institution into practical operation becomes a matter of most absorbing interest to the entire community.

 After three years of long, and at times seemingly hopeless delay, the consummation of a most worthy and laudable enterprise now appears almost in actual realization. The city council and police jury have vied with each other in fostering and promoting the establishment of this institution, and the general public, through private subscriptions and public entertainments, have contributed a handsome quota toward the erection of the building and purchase of the grounds.

 Just at present the question of a permanent revenue, for the maintenance of the school, is being considered, and from all indications the well known liberality of the city council and police jury, supplemented by the commendable zeal of the president of the school board and his worthy coadjutors, the solution of this very essential factor in the administration of the school should present few, if any, difficulties. It is a matter of the highest importance. The revenue ought, and will be forthcoming.

 The people of Lafayette have too long deprived themselves of educational facilities, and have allowed adjoining communities, less favorably situated, to outstrip them by far in all that pertains to progress, advancement and general public enlightenment. The educational advantages of any place is a fair criterion of its intelligence, and the lack of a few paltry dollars should not certainly be permitted to foil the efforts now being made toward raising a sufficient revenue to run the High School.

 But along with this question of revenue and incidental thereto, there has, also, arisen another and altogether unfortunate and inopportune question as to the administration of the school ;  plainly speaking, "Who shall run the High School?" While no formal consideration, has been given this question, yet as a matter of fact, it has elicited much and varied discussion. The proposition has been advanced that the administration of the school be committed to a local board consisting of three members from the city council, three members from the police jury, three from the school board and three from the Lafayette White High School Association. This scheme is as unfortunate and inopportune as it is impracticable under existing conditions. The charter of the Lafayette High School Association, having in charge the property, most positively and distinctly settles the question of administration, in the following language :  "The present Board of Directors of this corporation, and their successors in office, are requested, and they are fully authorized and empowered, to assign, transfer, and turn over, the gratuitous use of said school house with all furnitures and appurtenances belonging to this corporation to the School Board of the parish of Lafayette, on condition that said School Board shall open, and keep open, a public school in said house, etc., etc. And if the school board does not furnish the necessary instruction, as above required, the use of the property to be transferred to it shall revert and return to the control and management of the Lafayette White High School," (association). Thus it will readily appear that so soon as the use of the property is transferred to the public school authorities, it is then subject to the administration of that body. There can be no evasion on this point, and the argument that representation follows, where support has been contributed and services rendered, lacks application, for whatever funds have been contributed out of the public treasuries of the town and parish, emanated from the people, who are fully and ably represented by the parish school board. Why should not the same argument apply to private subscriptions and moneys raised by means of public entertainments? Are not the Black Diamonds, the Little Diamonds, and Ye Old Folks, etc., entitled to representation? So the thing would go on ad infinitum. "Too many cooks will spoil the broth" is a very homely, but truthful adage, and applies with peculiar force to the question now at issue. The parish school board is vested with entire control of all public schools within the parish, and has no authority to delegate its powers to any person or association of persons, even were the necessity of such action to be considered a moment.

 It, therefore, follows very conclusively that if the High School is to be a public institution, it must be placed under the exclusive control and management of the parish school board. The board is fully competent, and through its president is already negotiating for the services of an able professor to take charge of the school. Divest this entire matter of all personal or political considerations, and the solution, of any conflicting interest, will vanish as the mist. Let there be harmony and unity of purpose in this most vital enterprise, and its success will be assured.
Lafayette Gazette 10/14/1893.

The First Entertainment of the Scott Dramatic Association a Decided Success.

 The people of our neighbor Scott, some time since, organized a dramatic club and at once put into rehearsal a French play, which was presented last Saturday to a large and appreciative audience, numbering, at a low estimate, 350 persons.

 The play was most admirably carried out in all its demands; the parts were well sustained; and some of the cast showed fine dramatic talent for amateurs, so much so that it would be invidious to particularize.

 Before the raising of the curtain Julian Mouton, president of the School Board was espied in the audience, and was called up for an address. Mr. Mouton responded and made some remarks thanking the Scott Dramatic Club for their kindness in tendering the profits of the entertainment to the Lafayette High School, and incidentally spoke on the importance of education to the masses. Though brief, his remarks were a propos, and evoked approbation as attested by the liberal applause given.

 The rising of the curtain presented the prelude and disclosed some twenty persons grouped in a manner pleasing to the eye, and they rendered the opening chorus very effectively.

 Then followed "La Rose Jaune" a very prettily worded comedy, with just plot enough to make it interesting. As we said before, this play was well rendered. Below is the cast in full.

 Mr. Randeul ... Ned Mouton.
 Tessier ... Simon Boudreaux.
 Mr. Simar ... Chas. A. Boudreaux.
 Gros-Pierre ... Louis Dubernard.
 Mme. Simar ... Melle. Adele Dubernard.

 Following the dramatic piece, Mr. H. Van der Cruyssen favored the audience with a French song, which was well received, Miss Louise Bendel playing the accompaniment.

 Upon request, Miss Emma Falk, the gifted daughter of our fellow-townman, Mr. B. Falk, appeared on the stage and her appearance elicited applause of the most cheering and unanimous description. She sang in a bewitching melodious voice, "He Told Me So." At its conclusion, a burst of applause resounded and was prolonged until Miss Falk was compelled to respond to an encore - in this she excited the admiration of the audience. She possesses not only a fine voice and sings exquisitely, but has marked histrionic powers.

 Then followed a ball, the music of which was furnished by the well-known Landry String Band.

 The public interested, but more particularly the people of Lafayette, owe grateful thanks to the Scott Dramatic Club for their kindness in donating the proceeds of this entertainment to the High School Fund. It evinces such unselfishness that it is all the more to be appreciation. The Gazette takes the liberty to extend the warmest thanks of the people of the town of Lafayette to this most worthy and excellent organization.

 The net proceeds amounted to the handsome sum of $69.75.
Lafayette Gazette 10/14/1893.

Grand Ball. - The Gazette is requested to state that a grand ball will take place at J. O. Broussard's Hall, on Saturday, Oct. 21, for the benefit of the Broussardville String Band. The dancing music will be furnished by the excellent Decuir String Band of Loreauville. Every one is invited to attend, and knowing that the gentlemen at the head of the affair have always been very successful in giving fine balls, this one will be no exception to the rule. A fine time is in store for those who may attend.  Lafayette Gazette 10/14/1893.

Sam T. Jack's Creole Beauties. - Sam T. Jack's 50 Creole Beauties will give one of their fine entertainments at Falk's Opera House next Thursday. This company don't play small towns, and the only reason that they stop over in Lafayette is to fill up a week left open by reason of a mistake made in making up the circuit.   Lafayette Gazette 10/14/1893.

 More on Creole Beauties. - Manager Falk has made a ten-strike in securing for the opening of the season Sam T. Jack's Famous Creole Burlesque Co., the only one of its kind in existence, and which will appear on the 19th. Not only are both company and program thoroughly unique, but the entertainment itself is unrivaled in all the wide field of burlesque. There are no waits, pauses or delays, from start to finish ; the show is bright, lively, spicy, and yet, so declare the manager of the troupe, free from impropriety in any form. Lafayette Gazette 10/14/1893. 

 Sheriff's Meeting. - The sheriffs of the State will meet to-day, at 4 p. m. at the court house to perfect the association, the details of which have been mentioned in these columns. It is intended to give them a magnificent reception and banquet. To-morrow they go to the Salt Mines on a train kindly furnished by the railroad company.
Lafayette Gazette 10/14/1893.

Doctor Nelson at Falk's. - A Doctor Nelson, a traveling medicine man, with his assistants, having been giving entertainments at Falk's Opera House every night during the week, and charging an admission fee of 10 cents. Quite large numbers of people have been attending the entertainments.
Lafayette Gazette 10/14/1893.


Resigned from City Council. - The Gazette is exceedingly sorry to learn that Mr. F. Mouton had sent in his resignation as a member of the council. Mr. Mouton was a useful member of that body. And had his many friends the slightest intimation that he meditated such a step, they would have insisted that he remain in the council. It is to be hoped that his successor will prove to be a man of the same sterling qualities.
Lafayette Gazette 10/14/1893. 

 Birthday Celebration. - On the occasion of her birthday, little Miss Marie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emile Mouton, invited her young friends to the home of her parents, where they had a nice little party. Those present were: Celeste and Rita Lafond, Clara and Bertha Hebert, Lizzie and May Bailey, Pauline Genkendoff, Medora Lindsay, Eloise Mouton, Marie and Alma Thompson. Of course, they all vowed they had lots of fun. Lafayette Gazette 10/14/1893.

To Be Wed. - The Gazette has been made the recipient of an invitation to attend the marriage of Miss Leila, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. S. Singleton, to Dr. P. M. Girard. The ceremony will take place at the Methodist church, in this town, on the 17th inst., at 12 o'clock. The Gazette begs to tender congratulations, and at the same time returns thanks for the invitation. Lafayette Gazette 10/14/1893.


District Court.

 Judge Allen finally discharged the jury Thursday and closed the October criminal term. Nearly all the cases on the docket were disposed of, the prisoners with few exceptions, pleading guilty. The following are the convictions.

 Sosthene Bill, larceny.
 Fannie Foote, larceny.


  Jim Bailey, violation of labor contract.
  Leonard Latioslais, stabbing with intent to kill, pleaded under section 796. Revised Statutes.

  Alce Trahan, violation of labor contract.
  Alphonse Briscoe and Ambroise Guidry, obscene language near private dwelling.
  Joseph Choate, stabbing with intent to commit murder, withdrew the plea of not guilty and pleaded guilty under section 796 Revised Statutes.
  Alce Cinquieme, discharging of firearms on public highway.
  Albert Clotio, horse stealing.
  Jean Baptiste, cutting with intent to commit murder.
  Frances Comeau alias Gustine, larceny.
  C. F. Clark, larceny.
Lafayette Gazette 10/14/1893.

Proceedings of the School Board.

 Lafayette, La., Oct. 7, 1893. - The Board of School Directors met this day in regular session with the following members present: Jasper Spell, H. Theall, D. Bernard, Dr. W. W. Lessley, A. C. Guilbeau, J. O. Broussard and J. S. Whittington.

 The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

 The finance committee reported that they had examined the books of the treasurer and found the same correct with a balance on hand of $2,193.84.

 The committee appointed to wait on the Police Jury reported that said body would appropriate the sum of $150 for the purpose of furnishing the High School, provided that the City Council of Lafayette appropriated an equal amount for the same purpose, and that they would assist the schools generally as far as it is in their power.

 The following bids for printing were received:

     Lafayette, La., Oct. 7, 1893.
 To the Hon. President and Members of the School Board of Lafayette parish.

 We hereby agree to print the proceedings of your body regularly, in the Lafayette Advertiser, for the term of one year, from this date, free of charge.
                H. VAN DER CRUYSSEN Editor and Manager.

 Lafayette, La., Oct. 7, 1893.

 To the President and Members of the School Board of Lafayette parish.

 Gentlemen - Agreeably to your call for bids for printing of the School Board for current year, The Gazette offers to do the said printing free of charge.
           THOMAS & MOUTON,
    Proprietors of The Gazette.

 On motion of Mr. A. C. Guilbeau, agreeable to the above, it was resolved that the printing should be given to both papers and that a vote of thanks be tendered to the editors of said papers for their liberal offers.

 The examining committee submitted the following report which was accepted:

 To the Hon. President and Members of the School Board of the parish of Lafayette.

 We, the undersigned members of the Boards of Examiners of the parish of Lafayette duly appointed and sworn as such, hereby certify that at an examination held before said board on Tuesday, the 21st day of September A. D. 1893, Miss Carmelite Mouton made the following percentage in the branches ordered to be taught in the public schools in the State of Louisiana, to-wit: Arithmetic 65 per cent, geography 87 per cent, grammar 80 per cent, history 95 per cent, physiology 85 per cent, orthography, punctuation and capitalization 70 per cent, with a general average of 80 1/3, which entitles her to a second grade certificate to teach in the public schools of the parish of Lafayette.

 Respectfully submitted, H. C. WALLIS, H. D. GUIDRY, RALPH W. ELLIOT.

 Miss Lacie Windsor was assigned as teacher of the Ridge School, 2nd ward.

 On motion by Dr. Lessley duly seconded it was resolved that the Board of School Directors should meet on the last Monday of each month until January 1894.

 On motion of Mr. Broussard seconded by Mr. Whittington, Miss Jamieson's salary was raised from $25 to $30 per month.

 On motion duly made it was resolved that there shall be but one school district in the parish, and that the treasurer is hereby instructed to place all the money to the credit of the several wards to one general teacher fund.

 On motion of Dr. Lessley, seconded by Mr. Guilbeau, it was resolved that the schools be opened and closed by order of the Board.

 The committee appointed to examine the sheriff's report and list of polls collected by him, reported that the same was correct and that they had given him a quietus for same.

 On motion of Dr. Lessley, duly seconded it was resolved that Messrs. A. C. Guilbeau, John Whittington and C. O. Mouton be and are hereby appointed as a committee to solicit the Honorable Council of the town of Lafayette (at its next meeting to appropriate the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars or as much thereof as they may be willing to appropriate) to be used in furnishing the High School building, for which the Honorable Police Jury has appropriated the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars at its last session, provided the said Council appropriate a like amount. The said committee to also confer with the Council as to what support they would give to the running of the High School, or that they appoint a committee to confer with the Board at its next meeting fixed for the last Monday of October, 1893.

 On motion of Mr. Whittington it was resolved that a school be established at Scott's station, and that the committee appoint a teacher for said school.

 On motion duly made the treasurer was instructed to place the money on hand (not apportioned) to the contingent fund.

 The following accounts were approved:

There being no further business the Board adjourned.
 JULIAN MOUTON, President.
 H. E. TOLL, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 10/14/1893.

 Selected News Notes (Gazette) 10/14/1893.

 The present session of the District Court has brought many people to town.

 Although our job department is handling a fair amount of orders, we are always ready to accept all work tendered us.

 Mr. T. M. Biossat, the popular jeweler, has had some improvements made to his store, which has enhanced the already neat place

The town has been liberally billed with fine lithographs, of the Sam T. Jack's Creole Beauties, which will show here on the 19th.

W. H. Harris promises that his Nickel-Plate Show, which will exhibit here on the 18th, has had many features added, and is to-day the best circus on the road.

No doubt a large crowd will go to the circus on the 18th. This is claimed to be one of the best shows for the price of admission asked, of any traveling to-day. Don't miss it.

The many merchants that we have conversed with tell us that business has been very fair for the past ten days, and is creeping up all the time. Within the next few days it is anticipated it will be decidedly brisk.

 Mesdames H. L. Monnier and Eraste Mouton, solicited subscriptions this week for the storm sufferers, and realized $45.30, which sum was turned over to Rev. Forge who has forwarded same to Rev. Bogaerts in New Orleans.

 Mrs. Hilaire Lacobie, a lady living near Scott and said to be insane, was brought to town one day this week, and will undergo an examination to ascertain her mental condition.

 Mr. Denis Long, owner of the Long plantation near this town, died in Louisville, last Sunday. He was a prominent business man in the city where he died.   Lafayette Gazette 10/14/1893.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of October 14th, 1893: 

Still No Pay from the Espee.

 The extraordinary delay in the payment of wages to their employees by the Southern Pacific Co. (the wages of over two months now being due) is occasioning much inconvenience not only among the men, but it is affecting in a similar way the tradesmen who act as furnishers of supplies to the employees. None has been asked and no explanation has been given by the company in justification of the existing state of affairs. It is to be hoped that this railroad corporation will find itself in a position to not feel compelled to continue this hardship any longer. Lafayette Advertiser 10/14/1893.  

Sheriffs' Convention. - To-day will take place here the meeting of the sheriffs of this state, called by officers I. A. Broussard and C. T. Cade, for the purpose of effecting a regular organization of a protective character, such as in the successful operation in Texas. Success to them.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/14/1893.

New Business. - Mr. C. J. Sanders has opened a saddler and harness shop in the building of Mrs. H. M. Bailey, near the Revillon store. We learn he intends tanning and otherwise preparing all of his own leather. The Advertiser wishes Mr. Sanders much success in his new venture.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/14/1893.

 At Falk's Opera-house. - Dr. N. P. Nelson and Co. have been entertaining at Falk's Opera House every night this week. Prof. Pate of the company is an artist of merit and the large number and variety of musical instruments he plays causes him to be regarded as something of a wonder.
 Lafayette Advertiser 10/14/1893.

The High School.

 The continued success that is attending every step connected with the High School movement is encouraging in the extreme and furnishes further occasion for self gratulation to the people of Lafayette. With no indebtedness standing against the spacious and substantial school building now complete, and the appropriation by the Police Jury on the 2nd inst., of $150.00, to which the city council at its meeting last Monday generously added $175.00 (total $325.00), for the purpose of furnishing the building with needful commodities and requisites, the outlook for the early opening of this institution of learning is highly satisfactory.

 There is every assurance at this time, that the first session of the school will be inaugurated within a few weeks, and with it will begin a new era in matters of education in our midst that will redound to the benefit and advancement of the youth of Lafayette town and parish in a measure greater than can be estimated in language. Lafayette Advertiser 10/14/1893.

Benefit for L. H. S. - The theatrical performance by the Scott Dramatic Association, at Scott last Saturday night, given for the benefit of the Lafayette High School netted the munificent sum of $69.75. The play was very creditably rendered and was witnessed by a large number of people. The association is to be complimented on the great success of its first effort, and the thanks of all friends and education in our parish, is due its members.
 Lafayette Advertiser 10/14/1893.

From St. Martin: An Extraction.

 We extract from a most "remarkable (?)" article published by The Evangeline, Oct. 7th., the following passages:

 "The Valley of the Teche and The Lafayette Advertiser are on the alert, since The Evangeline has exposed in a "short squib" the strange ideas entertained by our sister town of Breaux Bridge, in regard to that "noted" Lafayette road, which is generally known as "the precipice (italics, ours) between Lafayette and Breaux Bridge." Both papers came out each, in a two column article on the subject................  As to the announcement of the Lafayette Advertiser that "St. Martinville is a town of much smaller pretensions than Lafayette," we will only state that St. Martinville is situated on the famous Teche, having rail and water facilities, while Lafayette is unfortunate to be a prairie town at the mercy of the railroad.   ................  The insinuations in regard to the Police Jury, are out of place ;  we know nothing about the disposition of our Police Jury in regard to said road."

 The Advertiser regrets much that its esteemed contemporary should have taken umbrage at our comments to which reference is made. We know that comparisons are odious, as a rule, and had no intention of minimizing St. Martinville in the estimation of the public, - historic old Saint Martinville on the banks of the (unreadable word) and all-the-year round navigable bayou Teche. Albeit, the avidity which Bro. Carlos Greig proceeds to defend the fame and "pretentions" of the house of The Evangeline, betrays a watchfulness for the interests of St. Martinville that is worthy of admiration, and the Advertiser glories in his spirit. However, of our aggressive your contemporary pleads ignorance of the disposition of Police Jury of St. Martinville in regard to the road in question, it should not feel authorized to pronounce "out of place" The Advertiser's reflections on the status of that Police Jury, based on intimations to that effect (unreadable word) in public print and assumed to be well founded.

 We will add, in conclusion, that whilst the "prairie" town of Lafayette cannot but deplore the fact that it, also, does not stand guard over the placid and beautiful waters of the "famous" Teche, it possesses conveniences and advantages, that even the alluring city of St. Martinville cannot overcome, and their points of vantage are distinctly recognized by out spirited sister town of Breaux Bridge, be it said to the credit of its people. Lafayette Advertiser 10/14/1893.



 In the issue of The Advertiser of Sept. 30th and Oct. 7th., the otherwise calm and cynical editor became possessed of an irresistible desire to be "funny", and indulged the caprice to the extent of punning at the expense of the bakers and butchers of the town. We expected every body would enjoy extremely, our maiden effort, and looked for hatch of letters by mail and otherwise, appropriating a mountain in size, complimenting and applauding us, and urging us to keep up the fun. In this we were dismally disappointed, we must openly confess, painful as is the admission. We were not less sorely deceived, also, in our expectations (set at 99 degrees above 0) that new subscriptions for The Advertiser would pour in at the rate of fifty a day for at least one month. We booked only seven new subscribers since publishing those brilliant emanations from our much overworked brain. We bore our grief and disappointment mannerfully, as long as it was possible, and were on the point of completely breaking down when they bursted forth one last faint ray of hope, that the bright scintillations of our mind had not gone entirely unobserved by our multitudinous readers ;  and but for this discovery we would not have had the present occasion of appearing before the public in this light.

 One citizen of Lafayette, at least, appreciated the first attempt of our life to be witty, and, it may be, saved us from an untimely end. ONE fellow mortal, to our personal knowledge, seen the "point" and laughed loud enough to waken up the postmaster at Scott, and to him we publicly acknowledge our everlasting gratitude, in testimony of which we willingly sacrifice space enough in our valuable columns to present his likeness to the world. To show further, the depth of the strain of funniness we perpetrated on an unsuspecting and suffering human being, we submit, first, the physiognomy of our dearly beloved friend and subscriber as it naturally appears in a photograph of him made by Prof. W. A. Bonnet of our town,

 and in the next place we present this same friend for whom we shall feel an undying devotion, evermore, in a true likeness of him produced by Mr. Louis Miller, another one our local artists with his lightning lens.

 The wonderful transformation of visage exhibited by the two likenesses shown is eloquent beyond description of the far reaching qualities of the outburst of humor by which this citizen of Lafayette was so completely overcome, so that further dilation of the subject on our part would be in flagrant disregard of good taste.  Our natural modesty prevents us from speaking further of our self, or any humor we may possess unknown even to our most intimate friends. Lafayette Advertiser 10/14/1893.


Let Us Know. - Much good would result from a more free interchange of ideas by our people, through the local press. There are many facts known only to individual members of the community that would prove of benefit to a large number, if given publicity there is no reason for withholding. The Advertiser would like to see a better disposition shown in this direction and invites communications from the public, having such an end in view. The general discussion of matters relating to education, farming and dirt roads, in the columns of the local newspapers, would have an enlightening effect on the community and be productive of incalculable good.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/14/1893.


 On Monday morning Hamp Benton plead guilty to carrying concealed weapon.

 Leonard Latiolais withdrew plea of not guilty of stabbing with intent to kill and pleads guilty to wounding short of maiming as provided by section 796 of the Revised Statutes and pleas was accepted by the District Attorney.

 The case of State vs. Sam Dugas for the larceny of a calf was called and tried, the accused being without counsel and the jury returned a verdict of not guilty. In this case the Judge reprimanded the jury sharply for their verdict. He said the verdict was not warranted by the evidence in the case ;  that he was jealous of his own reputation and that of the Court and hoped never again to have to record a verdict of not guilty when evidence warranted so unmistakably a different conclusion. We feel compelled to say that inquiry among people who were present in the Court room as bystanders, as to the nature of the testimony put before the jury in this case, leads to the belief that the remarks of the Judge were eminently proper and timely, if not absolutely demanded by the circumstances.

 Sosthene Bili was then put on trial for the larceny of a turkey and the jury returned of guilty with a recommendation to the extreme mercy of the court.

 On Tuesday Dist. Atty. Gordy was called to Franklin by important business and no criminal cases were tried.

 On Wednesday Joseph Choat withdrew his plea of not guilty of stabbing with intent to kill and tendered plea of guilty under section 797 R. S. and the plea ws accepted by the Dist. Atty.

 In civil matters the Succession of Theobule Hebert Jr. was disposed of by the agreement among the parties that the debts carried on the tableau are correct charges against the estate, and that the Dative testamentary executive be authorized to pay the same. The demand of Elodie Nevue widow etc. to be placed in possession  as universal legatee and testamentary heir was remitted to the suit entitled Paul D. Prejean, Nat Tutor and Als. vs. Elodie Nevue, wherein the validity of a will left by the deceased is involved.

 In the case of State vs. Foote, larceny, the jury returned a verdict of guilty with recommendation to the extreme mercy of the Court.

 Alcee Cinquience pleads guilty to discharging fire arms on public highway ;  Albert Clotio withdrew plea of not guilty of horse stealing and pleads guilty. Clotio is a young white man apparently about twenty one. Jean Baptiste pleads guilty to cutting with intent to murder Francis Comeau, alias Gustine, made similar plea to charge of larceny.

 Alphonse Briscoe and Ambroise Guidry plead guilty to using loud and obscene language near private dwelling.

 C. T. Clark alias Eddy withdraws plea previously entered and pleads guilty to charge of larceny, and the plea is accepted by the Dist. Atty. August Cormier pleads guilty to violation of labor contract.

 All parties will be sentenced to-day.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/14/1893.

Selected News Notes (Advertisers) 10/14/1893.

 A little cool, a little dust, and a little mud. Variety is said to be the spice of life. 

The weather has been most propitious for cotton picking and the work of gathering the snowy staple is progressing as rapidly as circumstances will permit.  

 The negro arrested by Sheriff Broussard supposed to be one Cribbs, wanted in Mississippi proved to be some one else.

 On Monday Sheriff Broussard was dispatched by the Court to Baton Rouge to obtain Dr. Chas. Mc Vea who is an important witness in the case of State vs. Dr. Clark.

 The sheriff returned on Thursday evening without Mr. Mc Vea, he being out of the State but as Clark settled his case by pleading guilty it made no difference.

 One day this week the little son of Mr. Jean Brun suffered dislocation of the elbow joint of the right arm, as the result of an accident. Dr. G. A. Martin was summoned to the case.

 Misses Stella and Haydee Trahan left for the World's Fair on the 7th inst., accompanied by their brother Dr. A. R. Trahan. The Advertiser wishes them a pleasant trip and safe return.

 Cards are out announcing the marriage of Dr. P. M. Girard to Miss Leila Singleton. This interesting event will take place at the Methodist Church at 12 o'clock on Tuesday next, 17th inst.

 At the meeting of the School Board on the 7th inst., the contract for printing of the proceedings of that body was awarded to both, The Advertiser and Gazette; both papers having offered to do the printing free of charge, and to that extent the cause of public education has been given another lunge forward.

 Our office has had a large sum of job-work this week, as usual, which with short help has imposed a heavy task on our force. Our readers will please over-look any shortcomings.

 Next Sunday, in accordance with the instructions of Archbishop Janssens to all churches in his diocese, a special collection will be taken up in the Catholic church of this place in aid of the sufferings of the recent storm and overflow in Louisiana.

 Mr. B. J. Pellerin, relief agent of the Southern Pacific Co., and wife left for their homes in New Iberia, Monday.

 Court this week. A great many courting it seems, and yet we have heard of no matches being made. Court on who may, our courting days are over.

 See W. A. Bonnet's special price for catching shadows. Let him catch yours ere you are aware, you will be like the darkie's fish, "all swunk up."

 Mr. Hahn, the superintendent of the Crescent Hotel, looks quite hale since his return from the coast. A change in diet is often helpful, even though it be not a change in better diet. When we change from cake to corn bread, when we cannot avoid it, and thrive.

 The health of the town is very good. Some of the people tried to have whooping cough, but they did not know how to whoop.

 Mr. Editor. - Will you please announce in the columns of The Advertiser that a grand Ball will take place at J. O. Broussard's Hall on Saturday, Oct. 21st, 1893, for the benefit of the Broussardville String Band. The music will be furnished by the Decuir String Band  of Loreauville. C. BILLEAD.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/14/1893.

 And the Thing that is Needed Now is Speedy Relief for the Starving - Sufferers by the Great Cyclone.                                                                
 NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 7. - The full story of the great storm is now told. Every settlement in the path of the hurricane has now been visited and every survivor has told his tale of its horrors and its heroisms.

 What is needed now is relief, and promptly, so that the survivors may not starve or perish from exposure consequent upon the loss of their homes.

 At Cheniere Caminada 776 bodies have been recovered and buried. A few are found from day to day in isolated localities, but it is not probable that many more will be discovered. The others were swept out to sea by the great tidal wave. This will always leave the number of dead in doubt based on the unknown quantity of the population of the settlement at the time of the storm.  Lafayette Advertiser 10/14/1893

Boston and the Negro Widow.

  The readers of the States will remember the tempest in a teapot that was raised in Boston by the advent into that city under the auspices of a Miss Jewitt, of the widow and children of the negro postmaster Baker who was murdered at Lake City, S. C. The woman had removed to Charleston, where she was satisfied to live, but in an evil hour for her the Boston spinster conceived the idea of getting up a little cheap notoriety and making some profit withal by taking the family to the Hub for exhibition purposes. The excitement was short-lived, however, and we now find an article in the Baltimore Sun to the effect that Wm. Lloyd Garrison, of Boston, has written a letter to the New York Sun, appealing to the people of that city for aid for the widow. The Sun comments as follows on this lovely state of affairs:
"In Boston the woman was a nine-days wonder. She lay, so to speak, like Lazarus at the rich man's door and the dogs came and licked her wounds. Then the good people of Boston found some other Holy work to do, the poor colored widow and her little children were forgotten and apparently now forsaken, and now her condition, Mr. Garrison says, is pitiable. He makes his appeal to the people of New York to support the poor family or buy them a house. Boston, it seems, was willing to gather in great numbers to gaze upon the unfortunate and to make their arrival within her cultured precincts the occasion of a violent tirade against the South and the Southern people. But when it comes to putting up a few dollars for their benefit an appeal must be made to New York. The poor and plundered South and its maligned white people have to care for a vast number of colored families. They have voluntarily assumed the burden of educating the race, and Boston cannot for a single family. It is time now for that city to give us a rest and cease proclaiming itself as the friend of the oppressed."

 From the Daily States and in the Lafayette Gazette of 10/14/1899.

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