From the Lafayette Advertiser of October 18th, 1905:
Death of Samuel Schmulen.
Samuel Schmulen, an aged and highly esteemed citizen of Rayne, and father of Mr. Gus Schmulen, of this city, died at his residence in that town on Thursday Oct. 12, at the ripe old age of 83 years.
Mr. Schmulen was a native of France, from which place he emigrated to America in 1853 settling at Broussard, this Parish, where he remained until 1964, when he returned to his native land spending about five years. On his return to his native land spending about five years. On his return he located in St. Mary for a few years, removing to Crowley where engaged in the mercantile business and spent his remaining days with his children in Rayne. Mr. Schmulen, while located in Broussard, married Mrs. B. Levy, of New Orleans, whom he survived four years. The surviving children are: Mrs. Mervine Kahn, Mrs. Alfred Kahn, Mrs. M. Kahn, Miss Pauline Schmulen, of Rayne, and Gus Schmulen of this city. The remains were brought to Lafayette on the afternoon train. Friday, accompanied by a number of friends and relatives, was interred in the Jewish cemetery here. Mr. Isaac Schwartz, of Crowley, read the funeral services.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/18/1905.
THE PUBLIC SCHOOL FUNDS.
Several years ago when the special school tax was being agitated, many persons feared that voting for a special tax for the purpose of building necessary school houses and furnishing them properly, would lead the Police Jury to still further reduce the already small and inadequate appropriation of three to four thousand dollars a year. To provide against such a contingency, a large and representative committee of citizens of the parish went so far as to petition the Jury to pledge itself to a fixed appropriation of 3 mills of the general tax collected.
The Police Jury instead of cutting the appropriation augmented it the following year (1903) to seven thousand dollars in the yearly revenues, as appears from the budget of 1906 published in our last issue.
The estimated school revenues for 1906 are as follows:
From the State ... $11,000
Poll taxes (collected) ... $3,000
City Council (3 mills) ... $3,000
School lands ... $3,000
Parish special tax (3 mills)
Police Jury ... $7,500
Total ... $35,500
If from the above we deduct the special tax, (a fund devoted to providing larger and better school houses, and of which there has already been constructed five this year), there is left $28,000. Of this latter amount $11,000 come from the State treasury; $3,500 from poll taxes, which is indirectly from the State, being a revenue from an act passed by the Legislature; $3,000, the school land rent, is a direct contribution of the United States government to the schools, and approximately $3,000 from the corporation of Lafayette.
Thus it will be seen that when the parish of Lafayette, through the Police Jury contributes for the education of 8,834 children in the parish, $7,500 a year, the parish is paying less than one dollar per capita of the educable children. The amount obtained from the public funds of the parish would give each child of school age less than half a month schooling a year. If expressed in terms of percentage, the figures show less than one-fifth of the school revenues are derived from the public funds of the parish. With this bold fact staring us in the face, can it be said in seriousness and in truth that Lafayette parish is doing just part by the school children of the parish?
The last report of the Parish Superintendent shows a phenomenal growth in the school system of the parish. From his printed report we learn that in the short space of three years the teaching force has increased 50 per cent, and the attendance 300 per cent. In view of this fact, taken in connection with the progressively increasing revenues of the parish, The Advertiser insists that instead of a reduction in the school appropriation, the absolute needs of the public schools make it imperative that the annual appropriations in aid of public education be increased with advancing growth of a school system which accomplishing an amount of good among the people that is beyond computation in dollars and cents.
The Lafayette Gazette in a forcible editorial expression on this subject maintains that school revenues should be permanent, and that "Nothing should be allowed to cripple the schools" since the "safety and prosperity of the country depend upon the proper education of its youth and a matter so primary must not be relegated to any secondary or subordinate position in political affairs," and the Gazette puts this very pertinent question, "why should the children suffer when full provision is made for every, even for the care and comfort of criminals."
A glance at the budget of 1906 will reveal the astounding fact that $11,700.00 has bee set aside for criminal expenses, nearly $5,000 more for criminal expenses than has been appropriated for the education of the children of the parish. Are a few criminals of more important that eight thousand school children? This amount does not include about $5,000 additional which is paid in commissions to the sheriff for collecting the taxes and licenses of the parish, nor the large part of the criminal expense borne by the State.
The Gazette is right; this is no time retrenchment in the equipment and maintenance of a growing and satisfactory system of public schools, and the people have been led to expect school sessions of not less than nine months from their representatives who stand pledged to the people by the platform first announced at the Beau Sejour political meeting and reiterated through the entire course of the last campaign, - to reduce and cut down other much criticized avenues of public expenses in order to give the greatest possible assistance to the public schools and the public roads.
Good schools and good roads bring prosperity and happiness to the people in a much greater measure than other branches of the public service that are being maintained at unreasonable and exorbitant expense. Reform along those lines is the urgent need of the times and the people will finally make themselves heard and needed.
It is only those who are blind, who do not see the remarkable development in public sentiment in our own midst along these very lines, which has taken place within the past two or three years, and this is the greatest hope for the future of our people and their country.
The masses of the people are reading more and thinking more in these times than ever before, and this is paving the way to greater practical results which are going to find their best expression in good schools and good roads. These are the signs of the times that are appearing in such bold print that even the blind out to be able to read.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/18/1905.
Reduced School Appropriations.
The loss of revenue from the town of Carencro, about $4,000, and the heavy quarantine expenses are indeed serious inroads into parish finances, but should not be allowed to cripple the schools. The time will come it is not already here, when the present precarious method of securing funds for schools, will give place to a permanent system of taxation as reliable as that for any other department of government. The safety and prosperity of the country depend upon the proper education of its youth, and a matter so primary must not be relegated to any secondary or subordinate position in political affairs. It is therefore to be hoped that a way may be found to furnish the full quota of funds to the Board, in order that facility may be afforded for maintaining and improving the present efficient school system of the town and parish, for why should children suffer when full provision is made of every other class, even for the care and comfort of criminals?
From the Lafayette Gazette and in the Lafayette Advertiser 10/18/1905.
Opening Postponed to Wednesday, November First.
Owing to Quarantine Preventing Teachers and Many Students from Reaching Lafayette on Date First Set.
As announced through telegrams to the New Orleans morning papers to-day, it has been decided to postpone the opening of the Industrial Institute to Wednesday, November 1, 1905.
This postponement is due, not to yellow fever, but to quarantine, which prevent several of our teachers and many of our students from reaching Lafayette, nor has there been any for more than a month. Judge Philip S. Pugh of the District Court ordered an expert medical investigation of the health conditions in the town several weeks ago, as part of proceedings to dissolve the local quarantine at that time maintained against the town. This investigation, made with the greatest care and under oath by physicians representing both parties to the suit, resulted in the unanimous report that there was not only no yellow fever in town, but not any other kind either, and not even any case of serious illness whatever. All quarantines against Lafayette were accordingly removed, and here usual stir of business, enterprise and prosperity has been resumed. But we are delayed in opening school on account of the quarantines against New Orleans and other infected points. It had been hoped and expected that all such quarantines would be removed on October 15. Indeed when Dr. Souchon, President of the State Board of Health, tentatively suggested a general raising of quarantines at this time, Lafayette was the first in the State to declare concurrence in that motion, but among the majority of our neighboring towns and parishes the opinion prevailed that the quarantine be maintained until October 23, and Lafayette, of course, has had to act with the majority. Meanwhile, however, Jack Frost is coming with his big stick and will have settled the whole matter before November 1. And in the future clear-eyed Science will protect us against the invasion of infected mosquitoes, while a national quarantine law will save us, let us hope, from that worst pestilence of all, the inter-state and inter-municipal strife of shot gun embargoes upon trade, traffic and travel.
Let there be no further fear on anybody's part concerning the opening of our school on the first of November. All danger will be past and all obstacles to progress removed. A large attendance seems probable and prosperous year. The session will extend to June 27, 1906, the usual holiday periods not being allowed.
All students, patrons and friends of the Industrial Institute will kindly give publicity to this notice of postponement.
E. L. STEPHENS, President.
October 10, 1905.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/18/1905.
Open Monday With Enrollment 330. - Exercises at High School. - Several Teachers Fail to Reach Lafayette on Account of Quarantine.
The town schools opened Monday with an enrollment of 330. Appropriate exercises were held at the High and Primary schools, but at the Kindergarten the children were dismissed because of the failures of the teachers to arrive.
At the high school the exercises were begun by all the school singing America, after which instructive and entertaining remarks were made by Rev. Harper, Mayor C. O. Mouton, Supt. Alleman, Dr. N. P. Moss and the Principal, Mr. Avery. The children were then sent to their class rooms and by the daily program prepared by the teachers in advance was carried out, but abbreviated. Lessons were assigned and planned for regular work Tuesday. School was dismissed at 12:30 p. m.
At the primary the children were assembled in their class rooms and after a song, the teachers took up the program as previously prepared and rapidly laid out work for next day dismissing at 12:30.
The teachers for the High School this year are: Principal of schools, W. J. Avery, assistants, Irwin P. Foote, Misses Alicia Dickson and Robbie Faulk of Mer Rouge, Miss Maud Tison was elected also but has resigned. Her place is temporarily filled by C. J. McNaspy.
Teachers at the Primary are: Principal E. W. Jones, of Natchitoches, Miss Zylpha Eastman, of Hammond, and Miss Nora Cockerham.
At the Kindergarten: Misses Pearle Larche and Mertie Underwood.
Misses Dickson, Eastman and Larche have been unable to reach Lafayette owing to quarantines. Lafayette Advertiser 10/18/1905.
Reduced School Appropriations.
[From the Lafayette Gazette.]
The loss of revenue from the town of Carencro, about $4,000, and the heavy quarantine expenses are indeed serious inroads into parish finances, but should not be allowed to cripple the schools. The time will soon come if it is not already here, when the present precarious method of securing funds for schools, will give place to a permanent system of taxation as reliable as that for any other department of government. The safety and prosperity of the country depend upon the proper education of its youth, and a matter so primary must not be relegated to any secondary or subordinate position in political affairs. It is therefore to be hoped that a way may be found to furnish the full quota of funds to the Board, in order that facility may be afforded for maintaining and improving the present efficient school system of the town and parish, for why should the children suffer when full provision is made for every other class, even for the care and comfort of criminals? Lafayette Gazette 10/18/1905.
A Beautiful Tribute.
In this well-timed remarks to the school children at the opening exercises at the Lafayette High School last Monday, Dr. Moss, president of the Parish School Board, closed with these touching and impressive words:
"I desire to specially impress upon the minds of all these dear children that they should bestow the greatest love and respect upon their fathers, their mothers and their teachers, because they are the best friends they have in the world, - the kind of friends and helpers who freely give up the substance of their own lives for the protection and happiness of those dependent upon them for support and guidance.
"Children, I bet you to always remember that the kind words and good deeds that you bestow upon your parents and your teachers, and the flowers that you gather for them in the days of youth and, later on, may tenderly lay upon their graves, in the church yard, will be among the sweetest memories that you will cherish in the time when the light will begin to grow dim, and the gait unsteady, and the deepest yearning of the soul will be for a happy re-union with the friends of long ago, in that world of unending peace whither we are all bound." Lafayette Advertiser 10/18/1905.
There are Others, Lafayette for Instance.
[From the Baton Rouge Democrat.]
In no other city and in no town or hamlet of this or another state, did the authorities, with the hearty co-operation of the people, do anything like the work done here to thoroughly clean the city, streets, business houses and private premises; or to kill the mosquitoes, to keep the city clean and to prevent mosquitoes from breeding to any extent. From the Baton Rouge Times and in the Lafayette Advertiser 10/18/1905.
UP AGAINST A HARD PROPOSITION.
Lafayette is a good town, as promising a little place as anywhere in the South. It has grown satisfactorily in the past five years and its citizens take a just pride in it. It has cost us something, however, tax for water works and electric light plant, tax for the Industrial Institute, but considering results, we have made a splendid investment.
But Lafayette is now up against a hard proposition. Our friends of Opelousas have "put up" for two new railroads, the Opelousas, Gulf and Northeastern and Colorado Southern, the latter a trunk line, and are figuring on getting Kansas City Southern which is heading for New Orleans. This means that Lafayette will be shut in by the railroads, and surrounded by four wideawake, hustling towns. Opelousas, Crowley, Abbeville and New Iberia, all within a distance of about twenty-five miles, with little towns in between, presenting a plainly evident fact that in the near future, Lafayette will have the fight of her life for trade and at a disadvantage, for three of the four town will have better freight rates and will be in a position to undersell her.
All which means that the people of Lafayette are so placed that not only must they get the Baton Rouge-Lafayette-road, but they must get additional railroad facilities so as to secure rating as a competitive point. The Kansas City Southern will doubtlessly build, and Lafayette should strain their pocketbooks, if need be, to get it.
And lastly, but not least, the most persistent and constant effort should be made to put the roads leading to Lafayette in the best travelable condition. Insistent care should be given the roads and nothing but the best should satisfy. This will cost the people of the town some money, to supplement the amount available from the parish funds; but money so spent will be invested wisely and effectively.
A growing town needs money to keep it, but money spent on it is money wisely invested. Lafayette Advertiser 10/18/1905.
Our neighbor, the Crowley Signal, doesn't believe in useless quarantines nor futile one either, but wants a quarantine that will "cut some ice." It discourses as follows:
The news of the outbreak of yellow fever at New Iberia will at least prevent the raising of the quarantine on the 15th inst., as was contemplated, and it now seems likely that it will be necessary for us to wait for frost to relieve us of the restrictions.
While this is disappointing, and to some of us may seem unnecessary, the majority of the citizens of the parish unquestionably object to quarantine being raised under the present circumstances, and that settles it. If the fever had not appeared at New Iberia it is probable that we should have been relieved of the quarantine incubus and nobody would have been the worse for it, but since the consensus of opinion is that the bars shall not be let down entirely we might as well submit gracefully to the inevitable.
But it we must have quarantine until November, and possibly longer, why not make it a practical quarantine. Our quarantine is all right as it is but who is the better off for it? Who makes a dollar out of it? Whom does it inconvenience? Who cusses because of Acadia's quarantine? Who calls us a bunch of mutton-headed fat-wits because of our quarantine? Who rakes off anything?
Our neighbors, on the contrary, have a quarantine that "cuts some ice." Look at forehanded Jennings, for instance. Buy a ticket to Jennings for fifty-five cents. Go armed with health certificates enough to pass a West Point examination and permits to burn, and the inexorable Cerberus who stands at the gate will turn you back. There's nothing doing for you if it costs you only fifty-five cents from Crowley. But if you want to get to Jennings bad enough, come back and hire a team for five dollars and drive to the oil field, where for the modest fee of one "buck" you can get a certificate of physical or moral character that will pass you across the Nezpique and for another dollar the bus driver will see that nobody bothers you when you reach Jennings.
Now there's a quarantine that cuts some ice. It's a sensible quarantine. It does somebody some good. It may not shut out much yellow fever, but none of them do. Nobody believes for a minute that any quarantine except the quarantine against the fever mosquito ever kept out infection or prevented its spread. But this kind of quarantine, the same kind that is in force at other points in Calcasieu, on the Texas border and on the Arkansas line, is practical. It keeps money in circulation, for one thing, and it helps people to get hold of an honest dollar occasionally that may never earn another one in their lives, if we never have another quarantine. It also keeps the circulating medium out of the hands of the railroad companies, which are soulless corporations. It also tends to hasten the millennium by promoting the general morality of the world by keeping people in Crowley and away from Jennings, Lake Charles and other wicked little towns. It tends to discourage the wicked scramble for wealth by tying up the wheels of commerce, and it keeps Calcasieu people at home, which may enable the rest of us to evangelize the world before frost come if we hurry.
If we must have quarantine let's make something out of it. What's the use of a futile embargo that neither helps nor hurts anybody? Let's get some graft out of it, as our sensible neighbors are doing. Lafayette Advertiser 10/18/1905.
Reckless Driving. - The attention of the city authorities and the police officers are respectfully called to the communication below: Lafayette, La., Oct. 16, 1905.
Mr. Editor: - Could you through the influential columns of The Advertiser call the attention of the police department to the fast and reckless driving of buggies on Lincoln Ave. (now Jefferson Ave). On Sunday evening last, several surreys of ladies and children had narrow escapes from collisions. It would appear as though the favorite racing grounds extend from the Episcopal church to Dr. Tolson's office. Lafayette Advertiser 10/18/1905.
New Building. - Mr. Rene Delhomme is having a one story building, 30 x 56 feet added to the People's Pharmacy, in which he will open a first class grocery. The building will have a solid plate glass front and be provided with fixtures that will make it strictly up-to-date. The grocery department of the Pharmacy will be discontinued and the entire building used for the drug store. Lafayette Advertiser 10/18/1905.
Committed Suicide. - Despanet Guidry, living near Carencro, died Monday from the effects of an overdose of laudanum taken with suicidal intent. The drug was taken Sunday, and although every effort was made to save his life, he passed away Monday morning. Coroner Gladu viewed the body, but decided no inquest was necessary. The cause of the unfortunate deed is said to be disappointment in love.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/18/1905.
Painful Accident. - Miss Rena Broussard, daughter of Mr. Edmond Broussard of this town, was violently thrown out of a carriage in Royville last Saturday, and sustained a painful if not serious injury, dislocation of the shoulder. She is under treatment of Dr. Roy Young at the plantation home of Mrs. J. O. Broussard near Royville, and her mother is in attendance at her bedside. At the time of the accident Miss Rena was in the company of Mr. F. Theriot and his two sisters, who fortunately suffered only very slight injuries from the overturning of the carriage.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/18/1905.
Of Series to Be Given by Ladies of Episcopal Guild An Enjoyable Affair.
The first of the series of teas to be given by the Ladies of the Episcopal Guild took place at the home Mrs. Jim Parkerson last Thursday and proved a delightful affair. The pleasure of the afternoon was greatly augmented by a game of words, "All About Kate," in which Miss Mabel Hughes, Mrs. E. P. Mills and Mrs. H. H. Ricker won equal honors and had to cut for the prize. Luck was Miss Mabel and she was awarded a Hoffman picture of the head and bust of Christ. Delicious refreshments were served which were greatly enjoyed. The amount realized was $10. The ladies of the Guild have requested us to express their sincere thanks to those who attended and assisted in making the tea of success. Lafayette Advertiser 10/18/1905.
From the Baton Rouge Times. - In no other city and in no town or hamlet of this or another state, did the authorities, with the hearty co-operation of the people, do anything like the work done here to thoroughly clean the city, streets, business houses and private premises; or to kill the mosquitoes, to keep the city clean and to prevent mosquitoes from breeding to any dangerous extent. From the Baton Rouge Times and in the Lafayette Advertiser 10/18/1905.
Smoker Last Night. - Last night the citizens of Lafayette, under the auspices of the Alibi Club, gave a smoker complimentary to the officers and employees of the Southern Pacific Railroad at the Gordon Hotel. A number of interesting talks were made and everybody enjoyed the speeches, the sandwiches and the refreshments.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/18/1905.
Judge Pugh opened Monday. A number of civil cases will be tried, but none of general interest to the public.
Monday the following plead guilty and were sentenced:
Geo. Griffin, alias Chicken, colored, burglary and larceny, 5 years in the penitentiary.
Chas. Jeanlouis, colored larceny, 3 months in jail, subject to road work.
Grand Jones, colored, larceny, 6 months in jail, subject to road work.
Sylvester Jones, colored, cutting and wounded, 1 year in jail, subject to road work.
Thomas Floyd, white, carrying revolver, $35 and costs.
Thursday morning has been set for the preliminary trial of Fernest Savoy, charged with murdering Baudoin.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/18/1905.
VALUES DEPEND ON BUSINESS ACTIVITIES.
Property values of a town depends chiefly upon its business activities and as these increase or diminish, so do property values, and for that reason it behooves every citizen of a town, whether he owns property of not, to use every effort to maintain and increase, if possible, its business activities - the man of property that he may suffer no loss by shrinkage in values, the property-less man that he may find more and better opportunities to gain a livelihood.
Efforts toward increasing the business activities of a town must consist of more than talk; effort backed with money is the only thing that counts, and the wideawake community recognizes that fact and promptly puts its hand in its pocket when it wants something.
Now we want the Baton Rouge-Lafayette road among other things and the opportunity to get it is offered us on most reasonable conditions. Surely Lafayette is wideawake enough to promptly put its hand in its pocket and get it. All that is necessary is a small tax and the thing is done. Nobody will feel the tax, but everybody will feel the result of increased business activities. Every property-less man will have a better opportunity to get employment and every property owner will not only find that his property maintains its value, but that it has increased in worth. Lafayette Advertiser 10/18/1905.
Revision in Order. - The new rates on electric lights adopted by the Council at its meeting Sept. 5, seem to have been rather hastily figured out. An examination of thje flat rate shows 1 light 65 cents, 2 lights $1.35, making the second light cost 70 cents while the first cost only 65 cents. Three lights at 65 cents should cost $1.95 but the card shows $2.00, the error running through the card. There is also an error in the all night rate, 1 light $1.00; 2 lights $2.00; 3 lights $2.95 - that is on 3 lights, 5 cents saved. Naturally on 4 lights 10 cents ought to be saved; but instead, one 5 cent piece is the allowance, and 5 cents is the only reduction up to 6 lights. A revision of the card rates is in order, with a larger concession for each additional light. Lafayette Advertiser 10/18/1905.
Committee on Right of Way Actively at Work.
Maj. J. M. Lee has definitely made his headquarters here for present to look after matters in regard to look after matters in regard to the Baton Rouge-Lafayette Railroad. His office is at the Gordon Hotel.
The committee on right of way is actively at work looking after the acquisition of the right of way for the Baton Rouge road and will make as rapid progress as possible. Lafayette Advertiser 10/18/1905.
BAND and BANJO.
The benefit for Mr. Hayden, the Blind Musician, a Success.
The benefit given at the Jefferson last Wednesday for Mr. Wm. Hayden, the blind musician, by Mr. Dowling, the banjo artist, and the Sontag Band was a big success as a musical event and financially. A large audience was present and thoroughly appreciated the evening's program.
Mr. Dowling rendered a number of fine selections on the banjo accompanied by Miss Lea Gladu on the piano, and their numbers were greatly enjoyed. The Band's music is always delightful and especially so on this particular occasion. Dr. Stephens, to whom credit of arranging for and managing the affair is due, states that $50 was realized and that he had promptly forwarded that amount to Mr. Hayden.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/18/1905.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 10/18/1905.
Business is picking up in all lines of business and the clerk of court's office is getting its share. Clerk Voorhies and both of his deputies are now kept fairly busy.
A horse tied at the court house square made business and created some excitement yesterday by making a vigorous effort to free himself from a buggy to which he was attached. He reared and kicked so effectively that he was loose in short order, leaving a buggy with broken shafts and some harness in need of reports.
The covering with dirt of the street crossing at the Merchant's Grocer Co's. corner is said have been done when the street was graded some time ago. Such being the case, the street committee should have the crossing cleaned, and several hundred people who use that crossing will appreciate prompt action before another rain.
The handsome new cottage being erected on Main street by Mr. Jerome Mouton, is about complete.
The work of tearing away to give place for the new Moss & Co. hardware and dry goods stores is practically finished and work on the new buildings will begin soon.
The police have been looking after loose stock pretty closely recently and a big improvement is noticeable.
A noticeable feature since the quarantine, is the attractive show windows of a number of business houses. The goods on exhibit are displayed effectively and artistically, and show at a glance the handsome styles and patterns for fall and winter wear.
Miss Regina Blanchet has returned from Royville, after an absence of nearly two months, and resumed her duties at Moss & Co.
J. Gilbert St. Julien, after a lengthy vacation is back again at his desk in the clerk of courts office.
C. E. Taylor has closed his business in Lafayette and moved back to Welsh.
Miss Florence Kahn, of Rayne, is visiting her cousin, Miss Wilhelm Schmulen.
Wallie Clifford, after a considerable absence, is back again in Lafayette. He is firing extra on the S. P.
Dr. E. L. Stephens left Friday to join Mrs. Stephens in New Orleans. They expect to return to Lafayette in ample time for the opening of the Industrial Institute.
Invitations have been issued for the wedding of Mr. Jerome Mouton to Miss Lizzie Bailey, daughter of Mrs. Wm. B. Bailey, which will take place Thursday, October 26, at 5:30 p. m., at St. John's Catholic church.
J. W. Faulk, principal of the Broussard School, was in town Saturday.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/18/1905.
From the Lafayette Gazette of October 18th, 1902:
L. S. U. VS. Lafayette's S.L.I.
(Now U. of L.)
A Large Crowd Witness a Game of Football on Institute Campus.
The football team of the Louisiana State University, who were on their way to Austin to play the Texas University, stopped here last Thursday and gave the Institute boys a game of the great college sport. Of course the game could result only one way. The L. S. U. team scored 42 and shut out the Institute. Considering the superiority of the visiting of the visiting eleven, the game was very interesting, several of the Institute boys showing decided skill and making some really clever plays.
Quite a large crowd of people witnessed the game and seemed to enjoy it.
Before the game the L. S. U. boys were treated to a lunch by the young ladies of Miss Mayfield's cooking class. At night they were given a reception in the parlors of the dormitory. The L. S. U. boys left on the night train for Austin where they will play against the Texas University Saturday.
Lafayette Gazette 10/18/1902.
AT THE PARK.
Races Began Yesterday - Others Will Take Place To-day and To-morrow.
The races of the fall meeting at the Surrey Park began yesterday and will continue to-day and to-morrow. Never before have so many first-class horses been brought here. Among those entered in the races were horses from Houston, Crowley, Jennings, New Iberia, Jeanerette, Breaux Bridge and Abbeville.
The races to-morrow will be particularly interesting. Both running and trotting races will be run. The management has made ample preparations for the entertainment and comfort of a large crowd, as many people are expected from the neighboring towns.
Lafayette Gazette 10/18/1902.
The Futurity Races.
The futurity races which will take place next June at the Surrey Park in Lafayette under the auspices of the Surrey Park Association have all been filled. The association has met with much encouragement and the futurity races promise to be the greatest sporting event of the year in this section of the State. Lafayette Gazette 8/18/1902.
FOR THE SCHOOLS.
A Lafayette Firm Will Give a Share of Its Earnings to Public Education.
The Gazette is always pleased to note any manifestation of interest in public education. Whether that interest is shown by an individual, a firm or a community it is in the highest degree commendable and worthy of the encouragement of all well-thinking people. It therefore gives us pleasure to call the attention of the reader to the announcement made on the first page of this paper by the Lacoste Hardware Company.
This enterprising firm makes a generous offer to the public schools of the town and parish of Lafayette. It will give one per cent of all its cash sales made from this, the 18th day of October, to the 1st of January, 1903. Considering the large volume of business done by the Lacoste Hardware Store and that the time intervening between Oct. 19 and Jan. 1 is the best part of the busy season, the offer can but result in a handsome contribution to the school fund. The firm feels that it can well afford to make this gift to the schools. It is a very practical way to show its appreciation of the generous patronage it has received at the hands of the people. Lafayette Gazette 10/18/1902.
Parish Appropriation of Schools.
We are informed that the committee, appointed by the Police Jury to make up the budget for the next year, has fixed upon $6,000 as the amount to be appropriated for the public schools. This is about $700 more than was given the year before. Lafayette Gazette 10/18/1902.
The Broussard School.
Mr. C. K. Olivier, a teacher in the Broussard public school, informed The Gazette that the attendance at that school has already reached eighty pupils and that it continues to increase. Mr. Olivier says that with certain improvements the Alliance building, recently donated to the school, will be a very commodious school-house and fully adequate to the needs of the community. The people of Broussard and vicinity are taking a most commendable interest in their public school as was shown by the liberal donation of a two-story school-house and lot which has just been made by the farmers. Miss Trousdale of Monroe, who is principal of the Broussard school, is a graduate of the State Normal School and is a competent teacher. She is very ably assisted by Mr. C. K. Olivier, who has done a great deal toward building up the school. Lafayette Gazette 10/18/1902.
A Big Mortgage.
The largest deed of mortgage ever recorded in this parish is now being placed on file in the clerk's office. It is mortgage by the Trust Company of the Republic of New York on the property of the International Telephone Company of America to cover a loan of one hundred million dollars. The recording of the deed in this parish is explained by the fact that the Teche and Vermilion Telephone line is owned by the International Telephone of America which is chartered in the State of Delaware. Lafayette Gazette 10/18/1902.
A SAD ACCIDENT.
Leonard Chico Falls From a Moving Train and Sustains Fatal Injuries.
L. Chico, engaged as brakeman and extra conductor on the Alexandria branch, fell from a passenger train near Lloyd station Tuesday evening and sustained injuries which caused his death. It is believed that Mr. Chico was in the act of changing the signal in the rear of the train when he fell. He was taken to Alexandria for treatment, where he died Friday morning.
Last Wednesday, when Mr. Chico was reported to be in a hopeless condition, Assistant Superintendent Hawks performed a kind and thoughtful act. He placed a special train at the service of the relatives and friends of Mr. Chico, thus making it possible for the unfortunate man to see his dear ones before breathing his last. The special, bearing the party of relatives and friends, left here Wednesday morning at 8:20 and arrived at Alexandria at 10:46. The party was composed of the following persons: Mrs. Chico, the wife of the injured man, Mrs. C. Suarez, A. E. and F. Suarez, Ben Chico, E. Delas, L. M. Boudreux and L. Nevue. The train was in charge of Conductor J. Marsh and Engineer Robt. Tanner.
The remains were taken to Lafayette yesterday. The funeral will take place this morning at 9 o'clock at the Catholic church.
Mr. Chico was 36 years of age. He was a native of France. He came to this country 20 years ago and worked 15 years for the railroad company. He was a member of the local lodge of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen.
Mr. Chico had been a resident of this town for ten or twelve years. He was an industrious, conscientious man and enjoyed the esteem of those who knew him. He leaves a wife and one child. Lafayette Gazette 10/18/1902.
FINE PROPERTY FOR SALE.
J. C. Nickerson, the real estate agent, offers, in this issue of The Gazette, some fine town and country property. Mr. Nickerson has a number of very desirable homes to sell, both in the town and parish. He is also authorized to dispose of several farms and plantations situated in Vermilion and St. Landry. At no time has Mr. Nickerson been in a better position to offer advantageous bargains in real estate. To the home-seeker of the man desirous of investing in rapidly enhancing town and farm property, he is ready to quote the most favorable prices and terms. Lafayette Gazette 10/18/1902.
A New Firm. - Messrs. Alfred Hebert and Jos. Ducote have formed a partnership and will soon open a real estate and insurance agency and stock exchange. They are fitting up an office and will be ready in a few days.
Lafayette Gazette 10/18/1902.
THE SIMMS CASE
Illness of a State Witness Causes a Postponement of the Trial.
The trial of the Simms case did not take place last Wednesday owing to the illness of Bill Flornoy, a negro witness who has been summoned by the State Judge O. C. Mouton, who represented Mr. Simms, stated to the court that the defense was ready for trial, but District Attorney Campbell moved for a continuance, on account of Flornay's unavoidable absence. Mr. Campbell said that he intended to prove a material fact by Flornoy without whose presence he could not try the case. Owing to these circumstances Judge Debaillon granted the continuance asked by the State.
The case will come up for trial in February.
Lafayette Gazette 10/18/1902.
The Case Continued.
Tuesday last the case of Marquis Mouton was called for trial before Judge Debaillon. Owing to the unavoidable absence of the defendant's attorney, Mr. John L. Kennedy, who is ill at his home in this town, the case was continued. Mr. E. P. Veazey, an attorney from Opelousas, was in court to assist the prosecution. It is not probable that Mr. Kennedy will be able to try the case during this term of court, this being the last jury week.
Quite a large number of people from the vicinity of Carencro were in court, having come to attend the trial. Lafayette Gazette 8/18/1902.
Eloi Leblanc Acquitted.
The case of Eloi LeBlanc, charged with an assault with intent to rape, was tried in district court Monday and resulted in an acquittal. This case was tried at the last term of court, but the jury failed to agree and a mistrial was entered. District Attorney Campbell represented the State with his usual zeal and made as strong a case as the facts justified. The defense was represented by Judge O. C. Mouton and Jerome Mouton. Lafayette Gazette 10/18/1902.
Lawsuit Claims Slander.
Attorney P. T. Ogden, of Crowley, has filed suit in St. Martin parish against Mr. and Mrs. Edmond Pellerin, for P. T. McBride, for the sum of forty-one thousand dollars, for maliciously uttering and circulating a slander. The suit, according to a communication to the Times-Democrat from Crowley, is a very sensational one, and is a very sensational one, and is attracting a great deal of attention. Mr. Ogden has associated with him in this case Hon. John N. Ogden, of the New Orleans bar, and Judge Edward Simon, of St. Martinville. Lafayette Gazette 10/18/1902.
New Nursery for Lafayette.
T. J. Lacey, the well known nursery man of Washington, is negotiating for a tract of land near town with a view of moving here with his family. It is the intention of Mr. Lacey to engage in the nursery business at this place. Lafayette Gazette 10/18/1902.
Opened Jewelry Store.
Mr. H. K. Ruger, an experienced jeweler and optician, has opened a store next to Mr. A. T. Caillouet's. Mr. Ruger has a well selected line of goods.
Lafayette Gazette 10/18/1902.
Bring In Your Corn.
The Messrs. Snodgrass give a ticket to each person who brings corn to their mill. This ticket entitles the holder to a chance in a monthly drawing. These gentlemen have made a success of their business in this town. By hard work and square dealing with the people they soon secured a large share of the public patronage and made their investment a paying one. Lafayette Gazette 10/18/1902.
THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS.
There will be submitted to the voters of this State, at the election to be held on Nov. 4, six amendments to the constitution. The people are greatly interested in every one of these proposed amendments. Every man who will cast a ballot for a congressman and a railroad commissioner should inform himself as to the merits of these amendments so that he may be prepared to vote either for their adoption or rejection. These amendments have been submitted to the electorate of the State by the Legislature. In some of them are embodied questions of vital importance. There seems to be a disposition among a certain element to vote against all the amendment regardless of their merits, and we have heard it said that some people are inclined to ignore them altogether. It is safe to say that the intelligent and conscientious voter will adopt a more enlightened course. He will try to find out what they stand for and he will vote according to the dictates of his judgment and conscience.
For the information of its readers The Gazette will briefly consider these amendments in the order arranged by the Secretary of State and published on the third page of this paper.
No. 56 amends article 46 of the constitution so as to provide for the legality of certain contracts for public improvements made in the city of New Orleans. This amendment has been proposed by the New Orleans delegation in the Legislature and as it has the endorsement of the press of that city there is certainly no reason to vote against it.
No. 83 refers to the poll tax amendment. The Gazette has several times given what it considers good reasons why the poll tax clause should be abolished. It is a source of endless trouble. It does not increase the school revenues to any appreciable extent. It disfranchises as many worthy as unworthy voters. It is a nuisance simply and purely. We believe this amendment should be adopted.
No. 126 proposes to amend articles 85, 98, 99, 100, 105 and 131 of the constitution. It is intended by this change to relieve the supreme court, which is concededly overworked, and to reorganize the circuit court. The present system, under which district judges serve on the court of appeal, is said to be very unsatisfactory. Many of the district judges have all the work that they can do at home and are unable to attend to their duties in the appellate court. From all accounts a majority of the lawyers of the State are in favor of this amendment which, it is believed, will afford a more expeditious system for the transaction of judicial business.
No. 129 is to amend article 230, exempting parsonages from taxation. While we have no doubt that this amendment will be adopted we fail to see any reason why it should. As a rule, clergymen in this section of the State are fully able to pay taxes on their homes. In most cases they are well fixed financially and it is but fair that they should contribute their share toward the support of the government. The rejection of this amendment wouldn't hurt.
No. 165 is a proposition to give the new seventh congressional district representation on the board of appraisers. Surely no one will vote against this amendment.
No. 182 provides for the payment of the judicial officers of New Orleans. It is endorsed by the press and bar of that city. There will hardly be any votes against it.
It appears to us that all intelligent men will vote one way or the other on the amendments which will be submitted to the people on November 4. To vote against all irrespective of the merits of the propositions would be as foolish as to ignore them all.
4. To vote against all irrespective of the merits of the propositions would be as foolish as to ignore them all. Lafayette Gazette 10/18/1902.
Will Soon be Complete.
A representative of this paper visited the plant of the Lafayette Brick and Tile Company last Wednesday. The company has been making bricks to build the kiln after the completion of which the work of manufacturing bricks for the trade will begin. The plant is thoroughly modern having all the latest inventions in labor-saving machinery. Lafayette Gazette 10/18/1902.
REPORT ON COTTON.
A New Feature to Secure Quickly Accurate Statistics of the Cotton Crop.
Mr. Jos. R. Domengeaux, of Lafayette, has been appointed a local special agent of the Census Office to collect cotton-ginning statistics for this parish, and we join the Government in urging the ginners to give Mr. Domengeaux their hearty support and cooperation, thus enabling him to make prompt accurate returns. We would impress upon the ginners the fact that this agent is a sworn officer of the Government, and that their reports, are forwarded as given to him directly to the Census Office, at Washington, without passing through the hands of any middlemen. The information given is held as strictly confidential, and the operations of individual ginners are not divulged. Upon the joint cooperation of the cotton growers, ginners and local agents must depend the success of the Census office in this inquiry, and its ability to render this great service to the Southern people and to all interested in the cotton staple.
The Census Office has demonstrated in three annual reports, the fact that the ginners are the only reliable source of information as to the volume of the annual cotton crop. This is very complimentary to the ginners, who, no doubt, will feel a pride in sustaining a reputation earned.
In recognition of this interest shown by the ginners, and of a general demand for more frequent reports through this source. Congress, in the act creating a permanent census office, provided for the collection and publication of these statistics at intervals during the ginning season. For the crop of 1902 the office will issue three reports: the first two will cover the quantity of cotton ginned up to and including October 18 and December 18, respectively; and the final report will cover the total quantity ginned from the growth of 1902.
Realizing that the collection of the data for these reports is made at the season when the ginners' time is greatly taxed, and appreciating the necessity for prompt returns, the Census Office has located, in each parish containing ten or more ginneries, an agent, who will visit each ginnery in the parish and secure a report of the quantity of cotton ginned up to certain dates. In undertaking the frequent and hurried reports now sought, it is of vital importance that the returns be made with absolute uniformity, and that all be received at Washington at one time. This result could not be expected from individual requests made by mail of 30,000 ginners, at a time when they are engrossed in their ginning work. Furthermore, the Census Office must be kept advised of all changes in the management and operation of these establishments, and secure returns from all new and revived plants. To accomplish such results, it becomes necessary for the office to have local representatives who shall be charged with the duty of keeping in close touch with the ginning industry in each county, and of promptly reporting the quantity of cotton ginned.
The statistics for the October report will be collected during the week beginning with Monday, October 20, and ginners should keep such records as will enable them to furnish promptly the required information. These returns will be tabulated, and the result published within one week from their receipt at Washington.
Cotton statistics collected through the commercial system, however accurately compiled, fall short of the demand of both producer and manufacturer - first, in that as they cover the quantity of cotton marketed between September 1 or one year an August 31 of the following, they are not statistics of a crop grown in any one year; and second, in the liability to error involved in statistics so compiled. Nothing short of official reports, made sufficiently early to form a basis of prices, will entirely satisfy the cotton grower or manufacturer. It is gratifying to know that the South has the assistance and cooperation of Government i bringing about the result they desire - an undertaking the success of which now depends upon the cotton grower's and ginners themselves. Lafayette Gazette 10/18/1902.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 10/18/1902.
Manship's lecture at the Institute next Thursday evening, at 8 o'clock, will be a rare treat to the people of Lafayette. Mr. Manship's fame as a lecturer is wide. Let every one attend who can.
Morgan J. Sandoz of Opelousas is now employed at the Southern Pacific round-house at this place.
Sam Levy, of Lake Charles, was in Lafayette this week.
Representative Romeal LeBlanc and Eraste Mouton, of Vermilion Parish, were in Lafayette Monday. They were character witnesses in the Eloi LeBlanc case.
M. Gautreaux of Morgan City, Landry Ouse of Crowley and Mr. Davies of Ramos were in court Wednesday to appear as character witnesses in the Simms case.
Mr. Overton Cade was in Lafayette this week.
Miss Sarah Frith, of Bunkie, was the guest of Mrs. T. N. Blake this week.
The Lafayette Sugar Refining Co., Ltd., requests The Gazette to state that the factory will be ready to receive cane from the local planters in carts on the 20th instant and the mill will start on the morning of the 21st.
The lyceum course of the Institute opens this session with a lecture by Luther Manship, of Mississippi. Let every one who relishes an intellectual treat attend.
N. Abramson left last Sunday for Waco, Tex., to be present at the wedding of his brother, Louis, to Miss Bella Gladys Loewenstein, which took place Tuesday evening at 8 o'clock. He returned home Wednesday.
Andre Prejean, son of Mr. L. H. Prejean, of Carencro, has returned to Natchitoches to resume his studies at the Normal.
Burke Broussard and Jeff Perkins, of Calcasieu parish, have made their home with their uncle, Sheriff Broussard, for the purpose of attending school in Lafayette. One of the young men is at the Industrial and the other will enter the High School.
W. W. Duson, of Crowley, was in Lafayette Wednesday.
Don L. Caffery, who has been at Jennings for several months, is ill at the home of his brother, Mayor Caffery. We are pleased to learn that Mr. Caffery is doing better.
A friend of The Gazette who is a gourmet of world-wide reputation, wishes this paper to state that none can excel the Richardson restaurant at Jennings in cooking and serving oysters. Lafayette Gazette 10/18/1902.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of October 18th, 1902:
The Industrial Institute.
The institution began its second annual session a month ago yesterday under circumstances highly satisfactory to the authorities and friends of the school. since the opening every condition of the Institute has continued to improve, so that the prospects today are for a most successful session.
On the opening day the attendance was about 25 per cent more than the beginning a year ago. Since the 17th of last month students have come in steadily, so that the attendance is now one hundred.
Inquiries are received almost daily, and many students are looked for during the next month. The gathering of crops has interfered with the attendance of many students, who will enroll by the first day of November.
At the dormitory the number of boarders is nearly twice last year's. There are now nearly thirty people occupying the first floor of that splendid building. Among theses, however, there is a number of teachers and the matron. Places have been retained by young ladies who are to arrive next week.
The faculty this session consists of ten teachers. Among these six are from last year's list, as follows: President Stephens, Miss Dupre, Miss Mayfield, Mr. Mayer, Mr. Roy, and Mr. Woodson. The four new teachers are Miss McLaurin, who is in charge of gymnastics and art; Miss Montgomery, the teacher of sight singing and instrumental music, and Mr. Lillibridge who conducts the commercial school.
The increase in the curriculum consists in the addition of instruction in physiology, physics, commercial arithmetic, and penmanship. The additional work involved in the instruction of these classes has been made possible by the increase in the size of the faculty.
The schedule of studies is so arranged this session as to provide for five distinct courses. These are the academic, the commercial, the stenography, the manual training, and the domestic science. The academic course comprises studies ordinarily recognized as essential to a thorough, well-rounded education. The commercial course, which is the most important feature in the Institute, consists of instruction in English, commercial arithmetic, bookkeeping, penmanship, and commercial law. Mr. Lillibridge, who is in charge of this work, has made special preparations for the work and is thoroughly qualified for this important department of instruction. The studies included in the other courses are indicated by their names, every course, however, involving a study of English and grammar.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/18/1902.
Education to the Front in Lafayette Parish and Town.
The paramount question with the people of Lafayette at the present time is the SCHOOL question.
The good seed sown in the recent past is bearing fruit rapidly, and the large and enthusiastic delegation of representative citizens of the parish which waited on the Police Jury at its last meeting to urge that body to make an appropriation of not less than $8,000 for public school furnishes unmistakable evidence that our people now realize that the question of public education transcends all other in the important relation it bears to the future welfare of our children and our country.
The clear cut and forcible statement of this issue presented by Mr. A. Olivier, president of the School Board, in calling the citizens' meeting to order, and the timely remarks of Mr. Alcide Judice, Mr. J. O. Broussard and other speakers on that occasion, met with a hearty response from the entire assemblage. And it is very evident from the expressions of President Billeaud and other members of the Police Jury that they are in entire sympathy with this movement for better schools and better school houses in Lafayette parish, and it is certain that the Police Jury will extend all the help in its power in this direction.
In the same connection the city council of Lafayette has generously taken a hand in the popular wave sweeping over our town and parish for improved educational facilities, by granting an appropriation of $2,000 asked by the School Board in aid of the public schools.
Public officers and public bodies have to show a determination to faithfully discharge their duties and they will always receive the support and enjoy the confidence of the people, and this what is now happening with regard to the School Board. Seeing that the School Board is using the school funds in a legitimate and intelligent manner and for the general advancement of the people, the Police Jury and the City Council and individuals (by private subscriptions) are willing and eager to rally to the support of the School Board. Lafayette Advertiser 10/18/1902.
Mr. Lombard's Insurance.
Mr. J. R. Domengeaux, the Lafayette representative of the Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York, was buys this week obtaining proofs of death and filling all papers pertaining to the settlement of Police No. 366,099 of the above Company on the life of Mr. Francois Fidele Lombard. As the deceased's heirs are minor children the payment of the claim will only be effected after the succession is duly administered by the Courts.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/18/1902.
An Auctioneer Establishment.
Messrs. Alfred Hebert and Joseph Ducote will open an auctioneer establishment on Nov. 1, and will hold a private auction every Saturday, at which real estate, furniture, bric-a-brac, and many other articles will be offered. Lafayette Advertiser 8/18/1902.
My duties in connection with the U. S. Census Bureau necessitates my absence from my office during the week ending Saturday October 25th inst. My friends and the public in general desiring to see my on insurance affairs may communicate their wants by ringing up Cumberland Phone No. 174 and very prompt attention will be given the matter.
J. R. DOMENGEAUX,
The Madison St. Insurance Agt.
N. B. - I wish to call the reader's attention to the large companies represented in my agency. See my advertisement in this paper.
J. R. D.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/18/1902.
Mr. L. Chico, who was running as extra conductor on the branch fell off the train near Loyd station and was probably fatally hurt last Wednesday. He was taken to Alexandria where he received medical attention. Mrs. Chico left to join her husband at once by special train.
Later: Mr. Chico died Friday at 6 a. m. The deceased was a native of France but has resided in this country since a boy. He was an insidious man and had numerous friends in this community. He leaves a wife and child to mourn his death. Lafayette Advertiser 10/18/1902.
A Generous Offer.
We call the attention of our readers to the advertisement of the Lacoste Hardware Store in this issue. This firm by their liberal, up-to-date, way of doing business and their strict reliability have built up an immense business and won thousands of friends. In this advertisement, they have given a fresh evidence of their progressiveness and liberality by offering to donate to the public schools of the town and parish one per cent of their cash sales from Oct. 18 to Jan. 1. This is certainly generous and should receive the highest appreciation from every citizen of the parish. Lafayette Advertiser 10/18/1902.
Horse Ran Away.
Last Monday Mr. C. C. Higginbotham's horse, 400 spots, ran away. While Mr. Higginbotham was exercising his horse at Surrey Park, he was thrown from the sulky, and the horse started a run for town passing through the principal streets. No damage was done except to the vehicle which was badly wrecked. Lafayette Advertiser 8/18/1902.
City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., Oct. 6, 1902.
Regular meeting of the City council was held this day, Mayor C. Caffery, presiding; members present, A. E. Mouton, J. O. Mouton, F. Demanade, G. DeBlanc, F. E. Girard. Absent, H. Hohorst.
P. L. DeClouet asked that the tow furnish material for opening two streets in McComb City, moved and seconded that same be referred to street committee.
The treasurer's report was accepted as follows:
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Moved and seconded that petition of Wm. Campbell and other praying for opening street from Washington to Lafayette street be referred to street committee. Carried.
Moved and seconded that appropriation of $25 be made for extension of plank walk from Convent to Court House. Carried.
The following bills were approved:
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There being no further business council adjourned.
C. D. CAFFERY, Mayor.
Louis Lacoste, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/18/1902.
Lafayette, Oct. 10, 19o2.
Special meeting of City Council held this day, Mayor C. D. Caffery presiding. Members present: A. E. Mouton, J. O. Mouton, G. A. DeBlanc, F. Demanade, F. E. Girard.
Absent: H. Hohorst.
The object of the meeting was to consider an appropriation to Public Schools.
Moved by F. Demanade seconded by G. A. DeBlanc that there be now appropriated Two Thousand ($2,000.00) Dollars for public schools, for current term to be paid on or about January 15th, 1903.
There being no further business council adjourned.
C. D. CAFFERY, Mayor,
LOUIS LACOSTE, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/18/1902.
A Millionaire Tramp.
Since tramps and their doings appear to be inseparable from the American stage, they will have to be accepted in a spirit of resignation and toleration. Whenever the name of Elmer Waters appears in connection with a tramp play there is consolation in knowing that the play will not be a bore. For Elmer knows how to give a tramp an air or responsibility, to touch up so as to make him interesting and to clothe him with a certain halo of romance
This well-earned reputation is upheld in "A Millionaire Tramp," turned loose at the Oliver last evening before a large and enthusiastic audience. A schedule of what the typical tramp is supposed to do in a play would read as follows:
Introduced to the audience by the barking of the bulldog or the throwing of tin cans or both, must be able, for reasons never made clear, to overcome and intimidate the villain with silk hat cigarette. Whenever touched by the tramp, said villain must brush his coat sleeve with a dainty handkerchief. Tramp must be deferential to and enlist the sympathies of women. When a murder is committed or a will stole, he must be an involuntary witness to the deed. Finally, it is imperative that the tramp shall have a hand in the unmasking of the villain and receive the blessing and a loaf or bread or a sausage from the heroine.
These requirement were duly upheld by Gus. Mortimer as Jay Pierpont, the tramp, who adds several features not enumerated above. In his antics he is supported by clever people, who succeed in creating a lot of the farcical kind.
Tonight at Falk's Opera House.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/18/1902.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 8/18/1902.
Don't miss the races on Oct. 18 and 19 at Surrey Park.
A new telephone company will soon be in operation in Lafayette, Further particulars will be given later.
The Institute Lyceum Course of 1902-1903 opens next Thursday evening in the Auditorium. Let everyone attend who can. Such a laudable undertaking should be liberally supported by the community.
Rev. Anthony Asmar, Maronite Missionary will celebrate high-mass at the Catholic church to-morrow at 9:30 a. m., and will also preach sermon. Everybody is invited.
Rev. Father Forge went to Rayne Wednesday.
Let every one who delights in intellectual feasts attend the lecture to be given at the Institute next Thursday evening by the Hon. Luther Manship of Mississippi.
Mr. L. Gardebled of Bay St. Louis, brother of D. V. Gardebled is in Lafayette. Mr. Gardebled is a contractor and builder and will soon build a nice residence for his brother Vic.
Mr. Alfred M. Gardner, after spending a few weeks with his relatives and friends here, departed yesterday to take charge of the chemical department in the sugar making on the "Fairview" plantation of Capt. J. N. Pharr, St. Mary parish. May success attend him. Lafayette Advertiser 10/18/1902.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of October 18th, 1890:
Change in Southern Pacific Schedule.
The change in the time of the S. P. Railroad, which went into effect a few days ago, brings all the passenger trains together here shortly after 1 o'clock p. m., as will be seen from the following West bound trains.
No. 13 leaves New Orleans at 7:20 a. m., arrives at Lafayette at 1:15 p. m., and leaves at 1:35 p.m. No. 20 leaves New Orleans at 4 p. m., arrives at Lafayette 9:50 p. m., and leaves at 10:05 p. m. East bound trains - Arrive at 1:35 p. m., depart at 1:55 p. m., and arrives at New Orleans at 7:50 p. m. No. 19 arrives at 2:15 a. m., departs at 2:30 a. m., and arrives at New Orleans at 8:10 a. m. On the Alexandria branch, No. 50 leaves Lafayette at 1:55 p. m., and arrives at Alexandria at 6:05 p. m. No. 51 leaves Alexandria at 9:05 a. m., and arrives at Lafayette 1:15 p. m. Lafayette Advertiser 10/18/1890.
...In Laf. Nov. 1st...
Robinson's Circus has come and gone and it affords us pleasure to speak a good word for the Circus and the people connected with the show. Mr. John Lowlow, the veteran clown has charge of the Press business, and he attended to that duty promptly and courteously. The Circus is good, being particularly strong in riding features. Very large audiences attended both performances of the show, and the many friends and acquaintances of Mr. and Mrs. Willie Marks turned out en masse, to witness their very graceful riding acts. Mrs. Marks has become a first-rate rider, doing all the acts usually performed by lady riders. Their double riding act was particularly graceful, and elicited much applause. The hippodrome features and racing were particularly pleasing. - [From the Miamisville News, May 9.]
Will exhibit at Lafayette Nov. 1st. Lafayette Advertiser 10/18/1890.
We are glad to note that Mr. Frank McBride, who had his hand severely mashed while coupling cars in the yard here, is about recovered from the wound, and fortunately for him he is not materially disfigured (or disfingered), and may return to work in a few days. Lafayette Advertiser 10/18/1890.
Perfect Social Success.
The soiree given at the residence of Mrs. R. L. McBride last Saturday was a perfect social success. The writer will endeavor to mention all that were present. Among the fair sex were Misses Delia, Lilly and Nella Alpha, Edna McBride, Rosa Cayard, Nella Bailey, Ida Ledet, Jennie Brandt, Mariam Creswell. The young gentlemen were as follows: Lawrence Ledet, Ed. McBride, Andy McBride, Emile Cayard, Eddie Higginbotham, Pinkney and O. Alpha, and the gallant, courteous and eminent yard clerk of the Southern Pacific Rail Road, Mr. T. J. Tanner. After a few hours of real enjoyment, which seemed to briefly spent, the mirthful party, with much regret that such pleasant hours could not be lengthened, cheerily wended their way homeward. Lafayette Advertiser 10/18/1890.
On Thursday evening, the 9th inst., the Grand Jury completed its labors and returned into Court with the following final report, and were thereupon discharged:
To the Hon. O. C. Mouton, Judge of the 25th Judicial District in and for the Parish of Lafayette, La.;
We, your grand jurors, duly sworn in to make inquiries of all crimes, etc., since the sitting of the previous grand jury, beg leave to submit the following report:
We find in the Parish Treasury the sum of eight hundred and eighteen dollars and 73 cents; we find that the parish is indebted in the sum of four thousand, six hundred and sixty-one dollars and 32 cents.
We find that the books of all parties entrusted with public monies to balance, and are all well kept.
We find the Recorder's Clerk's and Sheriff's offices well kept and well managed under the competent officers who have charge of them.
We suggest to the Police Jury that another desk in the clerk's office would be of great convenience to all parties concerned, and advise the purchase of the same; and we also suggest to the Police Jury that the Court House yard should be kept in a better condition at all times.
The parish jail is kept in good sanitary condition, as well as otherwise. We found seven prisoners incarcerated, of whom two are insane. The prisoners said they were well treated.
We cannot close our report without arraigning in very strong terms a certain justice of the peace of this parish, by name Israel Falk. The record of his cases shows a reckless disregard of his official duties; and that we are of the belief that Judge Falk, in the exercises of the duties incumbent upon him, looks to pecuniary motives, and not to the welfare of the Parish of Lafayette. And we will state further, that such acts by a public officer should not be borne; and if Judge Falk should not desist in his greed for money, and trampling under foot the ends of justice, that the people of Lafayette would be perfectly justified in demanding his removal from office.
We hear no complaint of the public roads in the parish, and have learned that they are in good condition.
There were a great many criminal cases presented for our consideration, but we were compelled to find not true bills in nearly all of them. The reason of this is, that the cases thrown out could have been dismissed by the justice of the peace whose name figures above.
All of the foregoing, as well as all other matters entrusted to us, have received careful, mature and impartial consideration; and we beg leave to submit to your honor this our final report.
A. DELAHOUSSAYE, Foreman.
Some few civil cases were tried during the week.
On Monday the 13th inst. the Court took up the case of State vs. Claismar Babineau, charged with larceny, and he was convicted.
On Tuesday Honore Maneau, charged with larceny was tried and found guilty.
Wednesday George Glover was tried by jury and found guilty of larceny.
D. A. Campbell, the counterfeiter, plead guilty to uttering counterfeit coin as true.
Alfred Guidry charged with carrying concealed weapons, plead guilty.
On Thursday the case of State vs. Febb alias Louis Lewis, charged with larceny, was tried and a mis-trial entered. Lafayette Advertiser 10/18/1890.
City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., Oct. 11th, 1890.
A regular meeting of the City Council of Lafayette was held this day, and there were present: W. B. Bailey, Mayor; John O. Mouton, J. G. Parkerson, F. Lombard, A. J. Moss and Pierre Gerac. Absent: O. J. Sprole and Ed. Pellerin.
The minutes of Sept. 1st, were read and approved.
The committee appointed at last meeting to receive and examine the Corporation tax roll for 1890, reported that they had received, examined and approved said roll and had issued a warrant in payment therefor of $75 to the order of Mr. R. C. Greig. The report was received and the committee discharged.
On motion, the Collector was instructed to proceed at once to the collection of taxes.
The Finance Committee submitted the following report, which was approved and ordered spread on the minutes.
The Hon. Mayor and Members Lafayette Town Council :
The undersigned, Finance Committee, having examined the report of the Collector, and Books of the Treasurer up to September 30th, 1890, report as follows:
The Book of the Treasurer shows balance on hand May 31st, 1890, two thousand and forty 82/100 dollars, payments of warrants 254 to 410 inclusive, amounting to fourteen hundred and eighty-five 40/100 dollars, leaving on hand five hundred and fifty five 42/100 dollars.
The Collector's report shows blank licenses on hand May 31st, 1890, five hundred and eighty-six dollars. Balance of tax roll 1889 uncollected, ninety-nine 12/100 dollars. Licenses signed by Treasurer since May 31st, 1890, fifty-four dollars. Licenses on hand uncollected, four hundred and seventy-one dollars, and delinquent taxes uncollected on roll of 1889 ninety-nine 12/100 dollars, leaving to be paid by Collector to Treasurer, one hundred and sixty-nine dollars.
We have cancelled warrants numbers three hundred and fifty-fout to four hundred and ten inclusive.
J. G. PARKERSON,
A. J. MOSS, Finance Committee.
Lafayette, La., October 10th, 1890.
The following petition was read:
To the Hon. Mayor and members of the City Council of Lafayette:
Gentlemen, - We the undersigned citizens and property holders, residents of Washington Street, beg leave to make the following request and proposition to your honorable body.
In view of the necessity of a plank walk on above said street, we would ask that you make such appropriation as may be necessary to procure the lumber for construction of the "usual style and make" of a plank walk, starting from the corner of Vermilion and Washington Streets up to the Methodist Church, and for the completion of which we obligate ourselves to see the work properly done and provide such other materials as may be necessary. All of which, we respectfully submit to your consideration.
J. D. Trahan, Wm, Campbell, Z. Doucet, Vilmond Hubac, Orther C. Mouton, G. M. Esswein.
And on motion, the sum of one hundred dollars was appropriated to aid in building the walk therein described, - payable on approval pf work by Street Committee.
The following ordinance was adopted:
AN ORDINANCE to prohibit the playing of Craps within the corporate limits of the Town of Lafayette, and providing a penalty for the violation thereof.
Whereas, the playing of craps within the corporate limits of the town of Lafayette is a nuisance and dangerous to the peace and good order of said town; therefore
Be it ordained by the City Council of the town of Lafayette that the playing of craps within the corporate limits of said town is hereby declared to be unlawful, and prohibited within said limits; and whoever shall engage in playing said or permit the same to be played upon their premises, within the corporate limits of said town, shall each be subject to a fine of not less than ten nor more than fifty dollars; and in default of payment of said fine shall each be imprisoned not less than five nor more than ten days, at the discretion of the court.
All proceedings for the violation of this ordinance shall be instituted by the Constable, in the name of the town, before the Mayor or magistrate of said town.
Be it also ordained, that whenever the Constable shall find any persons engaged in playing said game he shall forthwith take them into custody, make affidavit against them and proceed to the enforcement of the penalties imposed.
Be it further ordained, that whenever the Constable has good reason to believe that said game is being played within any house in the corporate limits of said town, it shall be and is hereby made his duty to forthwith obtain a warrant from the Mayor or from the magistrate of the town for the arrest of the owner, occupant or lessee of said house, as the case may be, and enter said house; and if upon entering said house it should appear that said game is being played therein, he shall take said owner, occupant or lessee, together with all parties engaged in playing therein, into his custody and proceed against them according to law for the enforcement of the fines and penalties herein imposed.
Be it further ordained, that all ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict herewith be and are hereby repealed, and that this ordinance take effect ten days from and after its first publication in the official journal of said town.
On motion, the petition presented to Council some time since for the repeal of ordinance relative to stock running loose at night was refused.
The following account was approved:
J. G. Gardemal, jailer. ... $4.00
The Collector presented the following list of delinquent license payers for 1890:
Lawyers - C. Girard, $5.00; C. Debaillon, $5.oo; Edw. G. Voorhies, $5.00; Jos. A. Chargois, $5.00; L. I. Tansey, $2.50; Wm. Campbell, $2.50.
Oyster Saloon - Leon Mouton, Ed. Hebert, Vilmond Huback, each $2.50.
Fruit Stand - Jos. Molette, $2.50.
Livery Stables - Jean Vigneaux, $20.00; Louis Domengeaux, Mrs. A. J. Veazey, Ernest Constantin, each $10.00.
Wagoners - Bennet Lilly, W. B. Lindsay, each $4.00; Willie Lewis, $2.00.
Merchant and Retail Liquor Dealer - Israel Falk, $60.00; S. Labbe, $30.00.
Druggist and Merchant - E. Delmouly, Drugs, $10:00; Merchant, $5.00.
Hotels and Restaurant - Mrs. M. F. Rigues, J. O. Mouton, Mrs. O. Olivier, each $10.00.
Doctors - F. S. Mudd, $5.00.
And on motion, the Collector was instructed to proceed at once to collect according to law.
The following was adopted:
Whereas, the duties pertaining to the office of Mayor of this town have in the last year or two become considerably laborious and responsible, therefore
Be it ordained, that the Mayor be and is hereby allowed a salary.
Be it further ordained, that the year commencing October 15th, 1890, said salary be and is fixed at one hundred and fifty dollars.
And the Council thereupon adjourned.
W. B. BAILEY, Mayor.
CHAS. D. CAFFERY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/18/1890.
Police Jury Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., Oct. 6th, 1890.
The Police Jury met this day with the following members present: C. P. Alpha, J. G. St. Julien, O. Theriot, R. C. Landry, A. A. Delhomme and Ford Hoffpauir. Absent: C. C. Brown and A. D. Landry.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.
The committee on the Olidin Broussard bridge made the following report, which was accepted:
Broussard Cove, Sept. 4, 1890.
The committee of both parishes (Vermilion and Lafayette) having met this day for the purpose of receiving the Olidon Broussard bridge, after having examined said bridge beg to leave to report that they have the same built according to contract and therefore recommend that H. K. Robinson and J. D. Landry be paid the amount stipulated, that is: Five hundred dollars by each parish. We have given Mr. J. T. Broussard authority to contract with Simeon Begnaud at the rate of one hundred and fifty dollars a year from now to Dec. 31st next, for the guardianship of the bridge; he Simon Broussard to furnish security.
J. G. ST. JULIEN, President.
The resolution levying a per capita tax of $2.00 on each voter of the parish was laid over for future consideration.
The resolution fixing the rate of taxation at ten mills on the assessed valuation of the parish being considered, Mr. Julien moved to amend by inserting the words "nine mills" instead of "ten mills." The amendment was lost and the original resolution then adopted, to-wit: Resolved, that the rate of taxation for the year 1890, be and is hereby fixed at ten mills on the assessed valuation of parish property.
Dr. Gladu's proposition for Coroner's salary at $800 per annum was laid over.
By motion of Mr. Hoffpauir a jury of six freeholders was appointed to lay off and trace, assess damages, etc., a public road from Mr. C. Doucet's land to connect with the public road leading from Duson's station to Vermilion parish. And also to trace a public road from Dominique's land running north and connecting with the public road leading from Duson to Scott. The following jury was appointed: John Nugent, J. W. Broussard, Burton Smith, Israel Prejean, Antoine Guidry ad Vileor Duhon.
Mr. Hoffpauir appointed Chas. D. Harrington as road overseer of the Eighth road district, 2nd Ward, in place of David Spell removed; and the following additional road over seers: 9th district, Bolden Hoffpauir; 10th district, Ralph Duhon.
By motion of Mr. Alpha the following was adopted: Resolved, that the President is authorized to insure the Court House for three years in the sum of $5,000.00 at the rate of 3-o10 premium for the aforesaid term, and that a warrant be drawn for the amount, $150.00.
On motion of Mr. Theriot the following was adopted: Resolved, that the sum of $200.00 be and is hereby appropriated for the purpose of building a school house for white children in the town of Youngsville. The said amount to be paid by order of the member of the 4th ward, out of any funds not otherwise appropriated.
The following by Mr. Alpha was laid over: Be it resolved, that the sum of $500 be and is hereby appropriated for the purchasing a site for a graded or high school for white children, in the town of Lafayette, and the President is authorized to act in conjunction with the President of the School Board in the selection of said site, and draw a warrant for the amount out of any funds not otherwise appropriated.
By motion of Mr. Delhomme, the sum of $25.00 each was appropriated for the relief of Mrs. Thos. Stutes, Augustin (c), Emerenthe Bonin (c), and Coca (c),
By motion the following committee was appointed to examine the Treasurer's books, etc., and if found correct to give him a quietus: R. C. Landry, O. Theriot and Ford Hoffpauir.
On motion the following was adopted: Be it resolved, that M. & T. Bagley, of Vermilion parish, are hereby permitted to construct a lock in Bayou Vermilion near Long's plantation, the said parties to assume all liabilities for damages etc. This permission is granted, provided that this body has jurisdiction in the matter.
The Treasurer submitted his monthly report, as follows:
To the President and members of Police Jury, Parish of Lafayette:
The following is statement or receipts and disbursements of parish funds since last report:
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WM. CLEGG, Parish Treasurer.
The following accounts were laid over:
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There being no further business the Police Jury adjourned.
C. P. ALPHA, President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/18/1890.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 10/18/1890.
Mrs. L. E. Salles, of Algiers, is here visiting relatives and friends.
Mr. Louis Godard, of Lake Charles, is in town and is the guest of Dr. and Mrs. Delmouly.
Judge J. G. Parkerson left here last Saturday for El Paso, Texas, on a short visit.
A grand ball will be given at the hall of J. R. Peres, near town, on Saturday, the 26th of October, 1890.
Mrs. W. C. Mills, daughter of Judge J. G. Parkerson, is here to spend the winter with her parents. California has been her home for the past three years.
Mr. Joseph Dantin, the popular young barber, is now associated with Mr. John Vandergriff. "Little Joe" is not only genial and popular, but he is a first-class workman. Lafayette Advertiser 10/18/1890.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of October 18th, 1879:
The ship Sandford, from New York, with a general cargo of merchandise for the company, and the tubing for the iron bridge across the Calcasieu river, arrived off Calcasieu Pass last Thursday. There are four truck cars and by the middle of next week there will be ten, on the west side of the Calcasieu river, and track laying to Orange will then go right along. Next Monday track laying will commence from English Bayou eastward. All grading finished west of the Mermentau, and the entire grading outfit moved west of the Mermentau to-day. The Calcasieu river iron bridge about being shipped from New York. Assistant Manager Charles R. Adams arrived last Monday, after an absence of about two months. Everything going ahead quietly and steadily as usual.
From the Lake Charles Echo and in the Lafayette Advertiser 10/18/1879.
It is customary in referring to enterprises of any sort for public good, but most especially chose for benevolent purposes, to speak with unrestricted praise and commendation. Our comments on the Concert of the 15th inst., given for the purpose of raising funds to rebuild the fallen Church steeple, will be no exception, nor will they be so from force of custom ; we could not do otherwise without transcending the bounds of truth, - and in this we are sure the immense crowd which was present will agree with us.
The entertainment consisted, as the programme showed of a comedy entitled "Le Deux Souris," music - instrumental and vocal, and tableaux.
A better selection of persons to represent the different characters of the comedy could not, we believe have been made. It was certainly the exercise of a wise discretion. Mr. G. Josse, as Damoiseau and Mr. A. H. Monnier, Jr., as Bonifice, his servant, acted in such a way as to cause a delusion in our mind whether the scene was being acted in the original or merely for the occasion. While Eglantine (Miss M. Breaux) and Placide (Mr. A. Delahoussaye) performed their respective duties as it they were not wholly inexperienced in that particular line of acting, for which a peculiar talent is required. We were sorely tempted to go to the relief of Boniface when he was being so mercilessly bumped around the table, but he finally got where Placide, even with his great accommodations, could not reach him.
The beauty of the tableaux attracted universal attention. The representation of the Holy Virgin in the midst of angels ; a maiden tempted by Satan - an angel her deliverer ; Judith displaying the head of Holofernes ; and the privilege given by Leap year, displayed a most excellent taste ; the central figures being personated by Misses Clemence Castille, Marie Breaux, Nydia Bailey and Rosa Castille.
The musical part of the entertainment was the summum bonum of the occasion. "Le Reveil" and "La Favorite," sung by Mrs. A. C. Melchoir, in a manner as this lady only can sing, were loudly applauded. "Rappelle toi" and "Pretty as a Picture", by Miss M. Breaux, are beautiful songs and were remarkably well sung. "Faust" also executed by the latter young lady was well received. "Les bords du Rhin," executed by Mrs. Albert Judice, and "Ne Regrettons pas Jadis," sung by Mr. Albert Delahoussaye, were greeted with applause. The variations of "Her bright smile haunts me still", by Miss Gussie Plonsky was well executed.
The pleasure of the entertainment was enhanced by several comic songs sung by Mr. Gardemal, of St. Martinville, who generously gave his assistance. He was put down on the programme for two songs, but the audience let him off with five.
Bouquets were in demand and the stage was frequently covered with them.
The Brass Band of Breaux Bridge having graciously consented to lend their assistance, constituted the orchestra, and the audience was frequently enlivened by strains such as this band only can produce.
The ladies should justly feel proud of the success of their attempt. Great credit is due for their perseverance. The musical and histrionic talents developed does credit to the community.
Among the many who contributed to the success of the undertaking we can not fail to mention those usual public spirited citizens Messrs. Theodule Hebert, Jr., and Pierre gerac. The efforts of these gentlemen in that behalf certainly deserve to be noted.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/18/1879.
M. P. Young Buys Out Mr. Pederson. - We see that M. P. Young & Co. have bought out the new City Store House Furnishing Goods of Mr. Pederson. We understand they are selling everything at the very lowest figures for cash. Give them a call and price their goods, such as toys and fancy articles, glass ware, china ware, earthen ware, pocket and table cutlery, wooden ware, tin ware, lamps and fancy toilet articles, pistols, etc.. etc. Lafayette Advertiser 10/18/1879.
OUR DISTRICT JUDGE.
Royville, La., October 14th, 1879.
In addressing these few words to my fellow voters and citizens of the Parishes Lafayette and Vermilion, would I were a Caesar or Napoleon 1st. so as to be able to convey to them my ideas with force and justness in regard to the coming election for a District Judge. Nonetheless you will allow me to give you a short article through The Lafayette Advertiser, for the day is fast approaching when you are to be the judges of that all-important matter to our Parishes : the election of a District Judge - that day when every man, white or black, will have it in his power to make matters worse or better for us, accordingly as he casts his vote for this or that Judge. Hence arises the necessity of our making "our choice." (I speak for this side of the Bayou at least), so that our house will not be divided. I, for one, am firmly of the opinion that upon this one thing of the election of our Judge depend our parishes' welfare and salvation. Consequently, law-abiding citizens of both parishes, and particularly you, poor farmers and laborers, beware ! You wish, I presume, your "little" left you, after such trying years as you have undergone since 1861. You wish that little protected, respected and made yours. Well, one again, beware how that one single vote of yours for Judge goes into the ballot-box on the 2nd of next December.
I appeal to all the good and honest men of both races, to all good citizens ; to such men as L. G. B. D. A. B., A. D., J. S. W., N. F., L. M. L., M. B., T. G., V. B. V. M., J. G. S., J. B., V. G. and so many others, a list of whose names could be swelled ad infinitum ; I appeal to them for their support and the exertion of their influence in the coming contest for the judgeship. And you, Mr. A. D. and your valiant followers, can you say that you will not vote and work for that judge who has given you that justice and that protection to your property which it cost you so many sleepless nights to get before, in tracking up this or that cow or horse thief, this or that wrong doer? What we want is a strict, just, impartial and competent Judge - we have him, let's keep him. When a public officers, principally a judge, is a good officer and has proven himself to be such, I say, let's keep him as a precious jewel.
I have nothing against our your friend M. F. Rigues who is the opposing candidate for the high office of District Judge, but we have tried and tested Judge Edouard Mouton - we have seen him at work ; we know him - let us let well alone and not try and make it better for fear we might make it worse for the next four years.
O repos! o tranquilite !
O d'un parfait bonheur assurance eternelle !
Quand la supreme autorite,
Dans ses conscils, a tonjours aupres d'elle
La justice et la verite.
(Signed) P. S.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/18/1879.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of October 18th, 1873:
Resolution of Committee of 70.
New Orleans, October 1st, 1873.
Resolved, That the Local Subcommittee already appointed in the Country Parishes for the purpose of taking Testimony, be requested to make all the necessary arrangements for holding The Election of Delegates to the Convention to meet in New Orleans, November 24th, in the respective parishes.
Secretary of the Committee of '70.
PURSUANT to the above Resolution, the undersigned Local Sub-Committee of 70 respectfully inform the citizens of the Parish of Lafayette, that a Mass Meeting of the People of the parish will be holdon at the Court House in Vermilionville on Saturday the 15th day of November, 1873, for the purpose of Electing Delegates to the State Convention to meet in New Orleans on the 24th of November.
All are invited to attend.
DR. J. D. TRAHAN, WM. B. BAILEY.
En. Era. Mouton, Local Sub-Committee of 70, Oct. 10th, 1873.
Lafayette Advertiser 8/18/1873.
City Council of Vermilionville.
Special Session, Sept. 23, 1873.
A. Monnier, Mayor, presiding ; all the members present.
On motion it was resolved, That the resolutions relating to infectious or epidemic diseases, adopted Oct. 12th, 1854, and re-enacted Aug. 7th, 1867, and put in force in 1870, be and is hereby declared to have full force and effect, and that said resolutions be embodies in the proceedings of this meeting.
Resolved 1st. That any person or persons, and dry goods of any kind, coming from any infected district, be forbidden from entering the limits of the town of Vermilion.
2nd. That the Police Officers, be and are hereby requested to keep a strict watch day and night, to carry this resolution into effect, and keep out of the town of Vermilionville, all and any persons or dry goods, coming from an infected place.
3rd. That should any one coming from an infected district, elude the vigilance of the Police Officers, it is made the duty of said officers to order the person or goods, without the town, within such time as they may deem proper and if necessary to put them out of the limits of the town of Vermilionville.
4th. That the residents of the town of Vermilionville, and especially the hotel keepers, are forbidden from receiving any person or persons or dry goods, coming from any place infected ; and that any resident of the town of Vermilionville contravening this section will be liable to a fine of One Hundred Dollars, and the hotel keepers in addition, to have their hotels closed up.
5th. That the President of the City Council, shall issue his proclamation whenever he deems it urgent, declaring what places are infested with contagious or epidemic diseases.
Resolved further, That all persons coming within the limits of said Corporation, will be required to produce a certificate from the Mayor or a Justice of the Peace, from the place whence they come, that there exists no epidemic in such place.
Resolved, That these resolutions take effect from after their passage.
On motion, the Council adjourned.
A. MONNIER, Mayor.
H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/18/1873.
Race Hatred in the North.
[From the N. O. States.]
Recent events show quite clearly that race hatred in the North is becoming pronounced and bitter. Things have reached such a pass that it is only necessary for a person to be suspected of relationship to the negro race to be subjected to all kinds of indignities by our Northern brethren. A few days ago the doors of a Boston trades union was closed against all negroes, and at Chicago a young negro woman who had entered the Northwestern University from Texas was expelled as soon as it was discovered that she had negro blood in her veins, although she had so little of it that she could have easily be mistaken for a pure Caucasion.
But it appears that the most extraordinary incident occurred at Evansville, Ind., where a girl of dark complexion entered one of the public schools and caused all the other children to leave at once. When the directors sent for the children and demanded their instant return to the school their parents declared they should not go unless the alleged negro was dismissed. The director's investigated the matter and it was ascertained that the parents of the girl, who a pronounced brunette, were of pure French blood, and that ended the trouble.
It also pains us to note that the lynching habit is growing rapidly among our Northern brethren who only a few years ago, and before they began to get acquainted with the negro, so freely denounced the people of the South for hanging negro rapists. The press dispatchers this morning announce that a negro man who had criminally assaulted a white woman at Marshfield, Oregon, was hunted down by a mob that shot him to death and then hanged his body from a bridge. An account of the affair says there was "not a masked man in the crowd and every thing was done in broad daylight." It is evident that the job was done after the fashion of true "Southern outrage," but we will hear very little about it in the Northern newspapers.
From the N. O. States and in the Lafayette Gazette 10/18/1902.