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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.