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 From the Lafayette Gazette of October 24th, 1903:


 Last Sunday afternoon the court house was literally packed by an enthusiastic audience of representative democrats of the parish who had met to give their endorsement to the candidacy of Sheriff Broussard for re-election, Dr. Geo. W. Scranton for the office of clerk of court and of their colleagues on the ticket forming the Broussard-Scranton faction in parish politics.

 The speakers touched on issues purely local in nature. State politics were eschewed in the discussions. The futile attempt on the part of the opposition to create alarm in the minds of our citizens relative to the long tenure of office by Sheriff Broussard received but passing notice, as that bugaboo, launched forth with such loud acclaim, rests peacefully in the leafy glades of Beausejour.

 The question of the payment of the poll tax as a prerequisite to the privilege of voting, about which so much misunderstanding has arisen and so much misrepresentation has been made, was met squarely by the speakers. Clear and honest expositions of the matter were made by men learned in the law, so that no room for ambiguity might remain. The action of the Broussard-Scranton faction in contesting the illegal elimination of the poll tax prerequisite in the rules of the Parish Executive Committee calling for a primary, won by them on appeal to the Executive Committee of the State Central Committee, and their determination to oppose the motion for a rehearing of the contest, was defended and shown to have been justifiable and perfectly legal.

 It was clearly shown that though one may oppose the poll tax law as it stands on the statute books, the duty of every citizen is to obey that law until its repeal be effected in a lawful manner ;  that efforts to nullify the constitutional and legislative enactments of the State government should be deprecated by law-abiding citizens as tending to subvert the peace and good order of the State.

 The members of the Parish Executive Committee who voted to ignore these provisions of the law were criticized by the speakers and the citizens of the parish were advised not to disregard the plain mandates of the law. Not only was this law the handiwork of the State democracy, but the electorate of this very parish had ratified it by their votes in unqualified terms.

 The Broussard-Scranton adherents laid no claim to represent the totality of the democracy of the parish, but they were content to win or lose upholding the magnificent work of the successive democratic administrations of the State in their efforts to diminish within its bounds the fearsome results of the damnable and reckless placing of the sovereign privilege of suffrage in the hands of the negroes. The suffrage laws of the State, based on the articles of the constitution of 1898, were a culmination of these endeavors. The democracy of Lafayette has no cause to reject their existence sprung to insure a maintenance of the supremacy of the race.

 Though the position taken from the outset by Mr. Broussard and his associates should require no defense, no doubt the unfair charges made in some parts of the parish to the effect that the motive prompting the original contest was to curtail the inalienable privilege of voting, will be relegated to the limbo of forgotten things as puerile and business.
Lafayette Gazette 10/24/1903.


 The Democracy of Lafayette Assembles in Mass Meeting.

 The Broussard-Scranton Faction Endorsed by an Enthusiastic Body of Representative Democrats.

 The campaign for parochial officers to be chosen at the primary on Jan. 19, 1908, took a very lively turn last Sunday at the meeting of democrats held at the court-house and called to ratify the candidacy of those constituting the Broussard-Scranton ticket. The court downstairs unable to gain admittance. In the audience were many ladies whose presence lent an air of grace to the assembly. The men in attendance were representative democrats, as a whole, who had come to hear a dispassionate discussion of the issues, some of them fictitious, which have disturbed the peace of the local body politic for the past few weeks.

 District Attorney William Campbell called the meeting to order, and Hon. Adrien A. Labbe was chosen chairman.

 The chairman introduced as the first speaker, Judge C. Debaillon. Judge Debaillon deprecated the use of personal abuse and vituperation in the discussions incident to political campaigns. He briefly referred to State issues and said he was personally opposed to the maintenance of the patronage placed in the hands of the governor of the State. He explained lucidly the poll tax law, and said it should be obeyed under penalty. He regretted the arousing of the passions of the people relative to the poll tax. His remarks were frequently applauded.

 District Attorney Campbell was the next speaker. His vigorous remarks were well received. He followed the same line of discussion begun by Judge Debaillon and carefully expounded the poll tax law, and arraigned the Parish Executive Committee for their nullification of the law. He did not wish to see any innocent citizen render himself criminally liable, and, therefore, as the representative of the State, deemed it his duty to give public expression to his views. The statement of the speaker to the effect that he was in favor of the poll tax law and that he voted against the amendment proposing its repeal, brought forth great applause. He told the audience of the severe penalties following a violation of the poll tax law and he personally defended his course in parish politics, denying strenuously the rumors that he had been caught in a "drag-net" by a combination. The forceful talk of the District Attorney was favorably received by the audience.

 Judge Julian Mouton spoke next. He humorously described local conditions and ridiculed the bugaboos raised the opponents of the Broussard-Scranton faction. The speaker adorned his remarks with homely fables, the applicability of which seemed to have been readily understood. He made an earnest appeal to the democrats not to desert the party which had given them white supremacy and guaranteed the people of the State a long period of prosperity and progress.

 Sheriff Ike Broussard mounted a table and prefaced his remarks by assuring the audience that he was not an orator, but inasmuch as he was a candidate for sheriff and not for "orator," it would make but little difference. He criticized the the records of some of his political opponents. He said he had always been a friend of public education and he could prove this by substantial assistance rendered by him to the schools. He said it was not true that he had tried to deprive any citizen of the right to vote, but on the contrary he had done all in his power to have poll tax payments promptly made. His statement that he would send a certified list of poll tax payments to all voting precincts on the 19th of January, although he had been advised that such action on his part was not compulsory, met with loud approval. The sheriff amused the audience be referring to the unwieldy manner in which the "machine" had been run in the short space of fifteen minutes, saying it has to be sent to New Orleans for repairs.

 Dr. G. A. Martin, candidate for coroner, held the audience in a happy mood for half an hour. His frank statements, made in a perfectly natural manner, won for him the sympathy of his hearers. The doctor will no doubt make many friends throughout the parish by his stirring talks. He paid a well deserved tribute to Sheriff Broussard, and advised his friends to vote for him.

 The Sontag Military Band and the Abbeville Concert Band played the sweet and inspiring music for the occasion. The latter organization, under the leadership of Prof. H. W. Pate, came to Lafayette to express their friendship to Sheriff Broussard and were welcomed in our midst in a hospitable manner. They were the guests of Sheriff Broussard during the day and they participated in an enjoyable banquet given them and the members of the Sontag Band by the sheriff at the Crescent News Hotel.

 The meeting was a flattering endorsement by the democrats of the parish of the Broussard-Scranton ticket, and gives them reason to feel confident of the final outcome. About seven hundred people are estimated to have been present and the great majority of them were openly, advocates of that faction.

 The vice-presidents of the meeting were R. C. Landry, Jean A. Begnaud, Louis Whittington, Charles Harrington, Harrison Theall, B. P. Landry, Darmas Landry, M. Billeaud, Sr., Hebrard Girard, Autheal Bernard, Hervilien Simoneaux, Victor Kilchrist, Emile Trahan, A. D. Verot, Sam J. Montgomery, John Whittington, and B. J. Pellerin. Lafayette Gazette 10/24/1903.  

Endorses Sells & Downs Shows. 

 In the great scrap book of press notices kept by the Great Sells & Downs Shows may be found many unique and original press notices which make interesting reading. Perhaps one of the most original comments, because of its unusual and emphatic way of expressing its approval of the big show, is the following taken from the Daily Journal of Hannibal, Mo.

"Some years ago a bald-headed member of the Missouri legislature from the southeastern section of the State introduced a bill to compel shows to show everything advertised.

"This honest statesman evidently did not have Sells & Downs shows in mind when he prepared his bill, judging from the great entertainment given by that great combination in this city yesterday.

"The promises on the big, flaming bills were great, but every promise was fulfilled, and more.

"The parade, to start with, astonished everybody. It was imense. And then the menagerie was complete and there was no 'kick coming' from the ticket holders. The big show came up fully to expectation. To particularize would require a page. Every act was applauded. The Journal's advice is, when you get within reach of Sells & Downs shows, go and get your money's worth."

The Great Sells & Downs Shows will exhibit in Lafayette, Wednesday, November 4. Lafayette Gazette 10/24/1903.

The Town's Assessment. - Charles Debaillion and F. Vavasseur Mouton have completed the assessment rolls of the corporation. The total assessment amounts to $1,028,203.00 and the taxes collectible are for the general fund, &7,712.63; waterworks and electric light fund, $5,141.93, and Industrial School fund, $2,056.08, making a total of $14,910.64. Lafayette Gazette 10/24/1903.

Death of Mrs. C. O. Mouton.

 Mrs. Charles Olivier C. O. Mouton, born Marie Mathilde Mouton, died at her residence in Lafayette Thursday afternoon, Oct. 22. Her death was announced unexpectedly as few knew of the serious nature of her illness. Mrs. Mouton was the daughter of the late Judge Eraste Mouton. Besides her husband and three children, her mother and several brothers and sisters survive her. She was a devout believer in the Catholic faith, and that she possessed the true Christian virtues was shown by a life full of charitable deeds. She was loved by a large circle of friends who mourn her loss and extend their sympathy to the family.
Lafayette Gazette 10/24/1903.

Tribe of Red Men Organized.

 A tribe of the Improved Order of Red Men was organized here last Monday night, with twenty-seven members. Emile Villemont, Sachem of the Attakapas Tribe of New Iberia, S. A. Benthal, Prophet of the same Tribe and Harry Squires assisted the home members in effecting the local organization.

 The officers chosen are C. I. Young, Sachem; L. F. Guerre, Prophet; Dr. H. P. Beeler, Senior Sagamore; Ike Bendel, Junior Sagamore; Jerome Mouton, Chief of Records; Galbert Comeau, Keeper of Wampum; Frank E. Broussard, First Sannap; H. C. Wallis, Second sanap; A. A. Morgan, First Warrior; C. F. Melchert, Second Warrior; C. Smedes Cade, Third Warrior; R. H. Comeaux, Fourth Warrior; Alb. Robichaux, First Brave; W. E. Johnson, Second Brave, Emile Pefferkorn, Third Brave; J. W. Chambers, Fourth Brave.
Lafayette Gazette 10/24/1903.

Educational Rally.

 Through the individual efforts of Dr. N. P. Moss and Superintendent Alleman, an educational rally will take place at the court house tonight at 8 o'clock. The meeting is called by the friends of Prof. A. S. Aswell to further his candidacy for State Superintendent of Education. Addresses will be delivered by Prof. Aswell and other gentlemen prominent in educational work.

 The people of Lafayette should not fail to show their interest in the good cause, and at the same time give an endorsement to the candidacy of Prof. Aswell. Lafayette Gazette 10/24/1903.

 Successful Euchre.

 The Gazette is requested by the ladies of the Jewish Aid Society to extend thanks to the people of Lafayette for their attendance at the euchre given last Friday night by them. The donors of the prizes and the Sontag Military Band are also cordially thanked for their assistance. Lafayette Gazette 10/24/1903.

 Sontag Will Provide Music.

 The Sontag Military Band, the members of which are always willing to assist in every good cause, will furnish the music for the meeting tonight at the court house in the interest of the candidacy of Prof. Aswell. The pupils of the Primary and High schools will sing in choruses, and the Glee Club of the Industrial Institute will also take part in the exercises. The meeting is announced to take place st 8 o'clock p. m. Lafayette Gazette 10/24/1903.

 At Surrey Park.

 Mr. F. Siadous will raffle his last pacing mare, Fannie, at the Surrey Park track on Sunday the 25th. But a few tickets, at one dollar a piece, remain unsold. Those wishing to take a chance should apply to Mr. Siadous.
Lafayette Gazette 10/24/1903.


 Selected News Notes (Gazette) 10/24/1903.

 T. M. Biossat, the jeweler, is having his store building enlarged and beautified.

 Races. - At Surrey Park, on Saturday and Sunday, Oct 24 and 25. Special rates from all stations along the Southern Pacific Railroad.

 Regular services will be held in the Episcopal church at half past five o'clock to-morrow evening.

 The public is invited to inspect the goods received from Paris by Mr. Jean Vigneaux for All Saints' Day. They were bought by him in France, and consist o crowns, rituals, birds and hearts.

 The marriage of Mr. Jos. A. Lacoste to Miss Clara Hebert is announced to take place in November. Lafayette Gazette 10/24/1903.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of October 24th, 1896:

Freight Wreck on the Southern Pacific Line. 

 Sunday morning at 9:25, two freight trains met head on, on the long curve just east of Orange, Texas, both trains were running about thirty miles an hour.

 The trains met on a steep embankment at the end of a long trestle, both engines were thrown to one side of the track and rolled down the embankment. Engineer Tim Toler on the west bound was caught under the wreck and had both thighs broken, none, of the other trainmen were hurt, but an emigrant supposed to be John Clancy from Unionville, Ia, enroute to Crowley, La., was killed together with his horses which were in the car with him, his body was cared for and the news was wired to his friends in Iowa.

 In clearing the wreck another accident happened, Wm. Carson of the wrecking crew in attempting to make a coupling was caught between the bumpers and terribly crushed about the chest. Medical aid was at hand but he died some hours afterward. The east bound passenger Sunday was delayed ten hours, reaching Lafayette at 11 p. m. 
Lafayette Advertiser 10/24/1896.   


The Lilly Whites -   Mr. Editor, Though yourself, the proprietor of a Democratic paper still we know you to be liberal minded and for fair play hence, we beg that you give circulation through the columns of your popular sheet to the following, viz
 That the element of disaffected Democrats, who left the party for good reasons, and joined the party of protection from a sense of self preservation, and rightfully styled the "Lilly White" republicans of La. intend at all hazards to retain and preserve intact the distinctive cognomen, and we will never consent to vitiate the proud surname by affiliating in any wise with niggers.

 We are voting for Judge Taylor Beattie for Congress, but disclaim any and all connection with the negro Blandin electoral tickets. Damned be the fusionists so long as they leave the semblance of a trace of Samboism on the ticket.  If this not be the sentiment of more than nine tenth the White republicans of Lafayette Parish, we would be pleased to hear from any one who may choose to say the contrary. We are not republicans for spoils revenue but for principles sake, and because Mr. Foster and a handful of his disruptionist minions of this Parish and elsewhere have fairly disgusted, and offered insult upon insult to the best people of the whole State by the sickening spectacle of unstinted ballot box stuffing and others, and still more reprehensible high handed measures, and just because they had the ephemeral power so to do these ungodly acts.

    In justice to all, however be it said, that the one sin of ballot stuffing is not known in Lafayette Parish.
Lafayette Advertiser Oct. 24 1896

Democratic Meetings.

 Democratic meetings will be held next week as follows: Monday at Scott, Tuesday at Broussardville, Wednesday at Royville, Thursday at John S. Whittington's Store, Friday at Ben Avant, Saturday at Carencro, and Sunday at Theall Race Course. Meetings to begin at (?) P. M.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/24/1896.

 Pelican Grist Mill.

 Samples of corn meal bearing different labels suggestive of their grade, were left at The Advertiser office last week, by Mr. Geo. A. Deblanc. The specimens in question were very creditable in appearance and represented the various grades of corn products turned out by the "Pelican Grist Mill" at this placc, owned by Mr. Deblanc. It is the intention of Mr. Deblanc to place these products on the market here and at other points, as he has special facilities for furnishing the demand which is certain to result from a trial of the fine quality of meal he purposes to furnish to the public through the regular channels of trade.

 The Pelican Grist Mill already enjoys a very fair business and promises to become one of the leading manufacturing enterprises of Lafayette. Lafayette Advertiser 10/24/1896.




 On last Wednesday evening at 8 o'clock Miss Ida Hopkins was led to the altar by Dr. R. M. Delaney where Rev. Reems of the Methodist Church pronounced those sacred words which made them man and wife. Miss Hopkins is the charming and accomplished daughter of Dr. T. B. Hopkins, and is the happy possessor of those faculties which make her a general favorite in social circles.

 Dr. Delaney is a promising young dentist of Greenville, Texas. Miss Eliza Hopkins, sister of the bride acted as maid of honor, attended by Misses Stella Trahan, Louise Givens, Jennie Torian and Susie Hopkins as brides maids.

 The groom was attended by Mr. Crow Girard as best man with Messrs. Felix Girard, Pink Torian, and Augustus Kennedy as escort.

 Immediately at the conclusion of the ceremony the bridal party were driven to the home of Dr. Hopkins, where after the congratulations and felicitations of happy friends had been extended, all repaired to the dining room where a sumptuous collation was served and amid hearty laughter at pithy toasts and apt replies all went merry as a marriage bell till the wee small hours. The bride was handsomely gowned in blue changeable silk trimmed in point lace, she wore the conventional orange blossoms in her hair and carried a bouquet of roses. Miss Eliza Hopkins wore blue and tan silk trimmed with velvet and lace, carried flowers.

 Miss Stella Trahan Looked charming in brown and pink silk, trimmed in velvet and passementerie, hand bouquet of smilax and roses. Miss Louise Givens was becomingly attired in dark green and velvet and old rose silk. Miss Jennie Torian wore pink silk trimmed with lace carried pink roses.

 Miss Susie Hopkins looked lovely in white organdy over pink silk, carried pink roses. The groom and his attendants were dressed in the conventional black. The church was handsomely decorated with palmettos and ropes of evergreen; the altar had been banked with cut flowers and golden rod. The happy couple were the recipients of many handsome and costly presents. Dr. and Mrs. Delaney left Thursday for Greenville, Texas, where they will make their future home.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/24/1896. 


The Death of Jean Sosthene Mouton.
  [Taken from the Times-Democrat.]

 Major J. S. Mouton died at his home on his plantation at Beausejour Springs, in the parish of Lafayette, at 10:30 o'clock p. m., Thursday, Oct. 15.

 Major Mouton was born in Lafayette parish on the 15th day of November, 1824. At an early age he matriculated at the St. Charles College at Grand Coteau, and remained under the tuition of the Jesuit fathers several years. In the year 1851 he married Miss Odeide Mouton, a daughter of ex-Gov. Alexandre Mouton. The issues of his marriage are: Alexander Mouton, a resident of New Orleans, where he was connected with the United States Mint for a number of years; Chas. O. Mouton, president of the Lafayette Business Men's Association, and a prominent merchant of the town, Fred, Frank, G., F., Alf and Sidney, all respected citizens; Mrs. Edward G. Voorhies, wife the clerk of the district court. Misses Aimee and Coralie. The latter two are living at the old homestead on the Vermilion river.

 Major Mouton was one of the best known men in the parish, where he spent all his life excepting the he was at college and the four years he served in the Confederacy.

 At the opening of hostilities he joined the Twenty-sixth Regiment of Louisiana, Company A. He was a member of that noble band frequently called the Lafayette Prairie Boys, with whom he remained until he was appointed major on the staff of Gen. Alfred Mouton. He was present at the battle of Mansfield, when his kinsman, Gen. Mouton, was killed. He served the Confederacy with unswerving fidelity, and was always an exemplary soldier. At the close of the war her returned to his home in Lafayette parish, where he engaged in agriculture. By dint of hard work and economy he overcame, in a measure, the disastrous results of the war, and succeeded in providing for the wants of a large family.

 In the existing political campaign that followed the war Major Mouton was ever an earnest advocate of supremacy of the white, and was an uncompromising Democrat.

 That the deceased was highly esteemed and respected by his fellow men is shown by the large number of people that attended his funeral which was one of the largest ever seen in this town.

 General Frank Gardner Camp of U. C. V., of which he was a member, attended the funeral in a body. An impressive scene at the burial was the six sons of the deceased, who acted as pall-bearers. This was done in accordance with a wish expressed by him on his death bed.

 In the death of Major Mouton the parish of Lafayette has lost a good citizen, one who was true to every duty in war and in peace. He was pre-eminently the embodiment of the old Southern-chivalry. His sweet and genial nature, his knightly spirit, his courtly manner, his unaffected dignity and unvarying kindness will never be effaced from the memory of those who knew him.

From the N. O. Times-Democrat and in the Lafayette Advertiser 10/24/1896.    


Right of Way Secured for Cable from N. O. to Lafayette.

 The Postal-Telegraph-Cable Co., which is soon to operate in this part of the country, has just secured the right of way along the Southern Pacific Railroad between New Orleans and Lafayette and the work of erecting its lines will be commenced at once. It will be establish its headquarters in New Iberia with the Teche & Vermilion Telephone Line, placing this local company on an equal footing with the Great Southern as regards telegraphic service.   From the Enterprise and in the Lafayette Advertiser 10/24/1896.

Nickerson Buys Cane. - J. C. Nickerson Agent for Messrs. Oxnard and Sprague has erected a derrick and put it new scales for the handling of cane and woll pay the highest market price for same. No freight or derrick charges. Near Moss and Mouton's lumber yard. Lafayette Advertiser 10/24/1896.

Court Doings.

 - Nolle Pros. - Embezzlement: J. N. Judice, Aug. Micaud, Paul A. Martin.

 - Violation of Sunday law: John Hann, J. C. Latiolais, Joseph Crousel, Dallas McDaniel, Geo. Derouen, F. Lombard, Alfred Hebert, J. A. Delhomme, Simeon Begnaud, Alphonse Peck, Jacob Mark.

 - Robbery: Chas. Saunders.
 - Violation of labor contract: Albert John, Charlie Abrams.
 - Stealing a ride: Lastie Bourque.
 - Concealed weapons: P. L. Guilbeau, Albert Chargois, Albert Fourcade.
 - Larceny: Desey Dugas, Adam Otto, Theonile Harrington, Babin Green.
 - Burglary and Larceny: Arvilien Gilbert.
 - Selling liquors without license: J. B. Benoit, Desire Langlinais, J. E. Bonin.
 - State of Louisiana vs. Eraste Wilturner, did not appear and bond was forfeited.
 - Isham Brown vs. Carmelite LeBlanc, default entered.
 - Damonville Babineau, murder, plead not guilty, case fixed for Oct. 29
 - George Bienvenue, withdrew plea of not guilty and plead guilty, remanded to sheriff.
 - John F. Cormier, concealed weapons, bond fixed at $100, to be sentenced Oct. 31.
 - Johnnie Carhon, case continued till next term of court.
 - Alexis Richard, court reassigned to Oct. 28.
 - J. T. Dowdell vs. G. A. Breaux, Judge Debaillon recuses himself for reason of having been counsel in the case, Hon. Wm. Campbell appointed Judge ad hoc.
 - Eraste Breaux, concealed weapons, bond placed at $50.00, to be sentenced Oct. 31.
 - John Flayer, found not guilty.
 - Moses Johnson, contempt of court and ordered to jail over night.
 - A. L. Brown and J. W. Brown, motion to quash indictment on part of J. W. Brown overruled. A. L. Brown was arraigned and plead not guilty. J. W. Brown was arraigned and indictment read, whereupon through counsel filed a motion of want of Jurisdiction of this court.
 - E. H. Vordenbaumen vs. Alex Huffpauir and als, judgment for plaintiff.
 - Joseph Romero, using obscene language, plead not guilty. Bond $75.00, case fixed for Oct. 27th.
 - Joseph Romero, concealed weapons, plead guilty. Bond $50.00, fixed for Oct. 31.
 - A. L. Brown, and J. W. Brown, motion on pleas as to the jurisdiction of the Court tried and overruled. Then motion was filed praying for the Court not to proceed further on prosecution for grounds alleged.
 - Edgard Dugas, murder sentence: 99 years. Lafayette Advertiser 10/24/1896.

Election Notice.

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

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 Lafayette Advertiser 10/24/1896.

Police Jury Proceedings.

 Jos. Aclet, J. C. Bernard, P. A. Chiasson, Mrs. Louise Edgar Breaux, Louis Lessin Breaux, Cleophas Chiasson, Theo. Sonnier, P. A. Chiasson, V. D. Bertrand, Kahn & Levy, Mrs. Bernard Leblanc, Victor Leblanc, James. M. Bonin, (heirs) Weston Jones, Olivia Chiasson, Jeunesse Boudreaux, Aymar Fontenot, People's State Bank, Gerasin Guidry, J. J. Arceneaux, Kinalea Arceneaux, A. J. Mouton Mrs. Adam Arceneaux, to Public Road leading to Duson Station been notified of our appointment and of the having severally taken and subscribed the foregoing oath and having given notice to each and every one of the aforesaid proprietors in writing at least three days previous of the time and place of meeting of the intended laying out of said road through the lands of said proprietors which notices were duly served at Alonzo Lacy the place designated in said notices and did then and there in the presence of the following named of said proprietors to wit, proceed to trace and lay out said public road as follows. Beginning a public road going to Scott and running thence through the lands of Mrs. Jos. Begnaud, and others for a distance o ___ mile taking a strip of 20 ft. off the land of each one along their common boundary was mutually agreed upon and shown us by said proprietors, and by them designated to us by setting stakes and plowing furrows so as to easily visible and recognizable, and thence through the lands of Mrs. Edgar Breaux who has donated 15 said feet on said road five feet on her line is hereby expropriated, Louis Lessin Breaux, has donated 15 ft. 5 ft. is expropriated Cleophas Chiasson there was 8 ft. previously expropriated and 12 ft. is hereby expropriated and 12 ft. is hereby expropriated Victor Leblanc donated fifteen feet hereby expropriated five feet, A. J. Mouton donated, Mrs. A. Arceneaux expropriated five feet previously donated fifteen feet J. Aclet donates and by agreement not to derange his improvements committee agrees to open a distance of three arpents thirty-five feet wide blanc forty feet J. C. Bernard donated. P. A. Chiasson donated V. D. Bertrand donated twelve feet we hereby expropriated eight feet J. M. Bonin expropriated (heirs) Weston Jones expropriated Olivia Chiasson donated 20 feet Jeunesse Broudreaux donated Aymar Fontenot expropriated People's State expropriated, the termination of said road is forty wide throughout its entire length, and was so traced and staked out as to be plainly visible throughout its entire course and we have caused to be made a plat of said road showing location and course of said road and location of the lands of the different proprietors through which said road runs and the distance and quantity of land expropriated from each owner for said road which plat is annexed to this our report of said road for reference. And we further report that we said Jury of Freeholders did on our oaths aforesaid assess the following damages to proprietors, compensation for their land so taken and expropriated for said road as follows to-wit:

 Mrs. Edgar Breaux ... $1.25
 Louis Lessin Breaux ... $1.25
 Cleophas Chiasson ... $2.90
 Theo Sonnier ... $1.25
 Kahn & Levy ... $1.75
 Mrs. Bernard Leblanc ... (unreadable)
 Victor Leblanc ... $.45
 Arelia Arceneaux ... $1.20
 Gerrasin Guidry ... $1.50
 Mrs. Jos. Begnaud ... $3.10
 V. D. Bertrand ... $5.90
 J. M. Bonin, $4.90, Weston Jones $4.90, Aymar Fontenot $2.40, People's State Bank, $4.90, Jos. Anclet $31.00, P. A. Chiasson removing building $10.00, Mrs B. Leblanc per Eugene Leblanc, Olivia Chiasson $1.25, J. Boudreaux $1.25, Jacques Arceneaux $7.00, Mrs. Adam Arceneaux, per Basille Sonnier $3.25, A. J. Mouton, $2.00, and to the other proprietors no damages were assessed, as in our opinion the benefit of said road full compensates the value of the land taken.

 Endorsement of Consent.

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

 J. Anclet, P. A. Chiasson, Mrs. B. Leblanc, Eugene Leblanc, Olivia Chiasson, Jenesse Boudreaux, J. Arceneaux, Mrs. Adam Arceneaux per Bazille Sonnier, A. J. Mouton. Signed and date this 20th day of August 1896. Witness P. A. Chiasson, A. J. Mouton.

 We also laid out a branch road leading from SW corner Sec. 16 T 9 S R 3 East school land and running through the land of the People's State Bank fourteen arpents North and South for that distance. And furthermore, that I will truly assess all damages to proprietors caused by said road, to the best of my judgment and ability, Jean Billaud, Arthur Billeaud, J. H. Peck, Bazille Sonnier, J. J. Arceneaux, Eugene Leblanc.


 We, the undersigned jury of freeholders of the parish of Lafayette, duly appointed by the police jury of said parish to trace and lay out a public road leading from the corner of Mrs. Jos. Begneaud's and Mrs. Jacques Matthieu, through the lands of the following proprietors to-wit: Twenty feet wide on West side which we expropriate and (unreadable word) 20 feet wide on the West (unreadable words) for a distance of fourteen arpents which we expropriate and thence taking 20 wide in N side of J. G. Parkerson which we hereby expropriate and thence taking 20 wide on the East of Gerassin Guidry's land for a distance of 7 arpents which we hereby expropriate his finishing said road to the public road leading to Duson Station. We hereby expropriate the lands of the following named persons: People's State Bank, 14 arpents, $2.50; G. K. Bradford, 14 arpents, $2.50; J. G. Parkerson, 14 arpents, $2.50; G. Guidry, 7 arpents, $1.25; Weston & Jones, 35 arpents, $6.25; Signed J. Billeaud, B. Sonnier, Rufus Peck, A. Billeaud, E. Leblanc; J. J. Arceneaux.  Witness: A. Lacy, L. Arceneaux.

 All accounts not approved by the auditing committee, were referred to that body.

 The following accounts were approved:

 F. Dugas, Coroners jury - $2.05
 C. Jenkins, Coroners jury $2.05

 The Police Jury then adjourned.
R. C. LANDRY, President
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/24/1896.

 Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 10/24/1896.

 The Lafayette Cotton Oil mill started Wednesday and in now in full blast.

 State Treasurer A. U. Fournet was in Lafayette during the weekend called at the Advertiser office.

 L. Nolive is improving his property on Lincoln Ave. and adding a store room which he will occupy as a jewelry store.

 Mr. Geo. G. Goodman, right of way agent for the Postal Telegraph and Cable Co. of Louisiana was in town Wednesday.

 Attorney Jos. Walton representing Mr. Mr. Furguson, the Electric Light and Water Works contractor, is in town this week. He will defend Mr. Furguson before the District Court.

 At the mite meeting given at Dr. Tolson's last week $13.75 more was added to the fund for the memorial window. Lafayette Advertiser 10/24/1896.




 From the Lafayette Advertiser of October 24th, 1891:


 The District Court which was engaged from Tuesday the 13th until Friday the 16th, considering the action to quash the indictment in the cases of Willie Taylor and Dominique Clavery charged with murder. Council for the defendants argued irregularities in the drawing of the regular venire from which the grand jury was selected; and Judge Mouton ruled the objections well taken and ordered the indictments quashed. The only serious ground for this decision was the neglect of the clerk of court, A. M. Martin, to comply with the requirements of act 44 of of 1887 in the provisions that the clerk must write down the names of the persons selected for service on the venire with his own hand.

 On Monday the Judge ordered that the petit jury be discharged.

 Civil cases were then taken up and disposed of during the week.
 Lafayette Advertiser 10/24/1891.

The Water-works Question. - We trust that at its next regular meeting our City Council will consider the water-works question. We have seen a petition circulated to submit a proposition for a bond payment for the system. That is the correct course. A great many people will be found anxious to take the bonds, and the system could be commenced at once and finished in a few months. That is what ought to be done immediately, so that we may have protection from fire. It is a considerable set-back to us that we cannot offer any protection from fire. Would-be settlers note this, and they are deterred from any attempts to build up our community. A clear and complete effort to do something in the direction of waterworks is what is needed to build up our town just as it now stands. We need this improvement, and we trust to our council to give it to us.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/24/1891.    


 The District Court which was engaged from Tuesday the 13th until Friday the 16th, considering the action to quash the indictment in the cases of Willie Taylor and Domingue Clavery charged with murder. Council for the defendents argued irregularities in the drawing of the regular venire from which the grand jury was selected; and Judge Mouton ruled the objections well taken and ordered the indictments quashed. The only serious ground for this decision was the neglect of the clerk of court A. M. Martin, to comply with the requirement of act 44 of 1887 in the provisions that the clerk must write down the names of the persons selected for service on the venire with his own hand.

 On Monday the Judge ordered that the petit jury be discharged.

 Civil cases were then taken up and disposed of during the week.
   Lafayette Advertiser 10/24/1891.

 Visiting from Canada. - Rev. Mr. Gladu, of Canada, is now on a visit to our town, and is a guest of his Brother Dr. A. Gladu. We hope the Rev. gentleman will find his stay among us most pleasant and agreeable.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/24/1891.

 Butcher Shop. - Mr. Sidney Veazey has erected a butcher shop to the East of Mr. Feitel's bakery, on Lincoln Avenue. This is an evidence that our growing town is increasing its facilties for the convenience of our growing population.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/24/1891.

 At the Crescent Hotel. - The Crescent Hotel has made a few of those improvements which go to enliven and increase its attractions. It has put down tasty matting on its hallways and staircases, and added new window curtains to the dining hall. Lafayette Advertiser 10/24/1891. 

Series of Meetings.

 A series of meetings will be held at the Lafayette Presbyterian church beginning on Friday night, and continuing Saturday and Sunday, with morning and evening services. Communion after 11 o'clock service on Sabbath morning. C. M. Atkinson, D. D., will be present to assist in these services. Lafayette Advertiser 10/24/1891. 

 Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 10/24/1891.

 Dry, dusty and disagreeable is the universal expression concerning the weather; but we have the fall rains to look for, and they will brighten up all things.

 Mr. L. Serret, of New Orleans, is now in the S. P. Telegraph office here to relieve Mr. J. G. Davis, who goes for awhile to Algiers.

 The bank building corner presents a business-like and cheering appearance. The pile of brick and the stir of business makes an enlivening and favorable impression.

 As the stir of cotton and cane crops makes itself felt, and all of us derive benefit, Lafayette shows up to the world at all she merits, the center of attraction for this section of the State.

 We are indebted to Mr. Jos. A. Chargois for some beautiful specimens of first Dutch Fall turnips, raised on his home place near town. Considering the dry weather we have had for several weeks, they are remarkably fine specimens.

 Mr. W. Bilderback will arrive in Lafayette on Monday, the 26th inst., with a lot of fine horses, etc., for sale. He will be found at Vigneaux's Branch Stable, near the Railroad Depot.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/24/1891.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of October 24th, 1874:


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

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

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 Alfred Peck, John S. Whittington, Joseph Boudreaux, Oneziphore Broussard, Sidney Greig, Ed. Eug. Mouton, L. Philibert Revillon. Lafayette Advertiser 10/24/1874.

 District Court.

 The District Court for this parish was duly opened on last Monday. A motion was made to quash the venire, on the ground of in-formalities in drawing the jury, which was overruled by the Court, as was also the attempt to poll each grand juror, to which rulings of the Court, bills of exception were reserved.

 The grand jury, with Sidney Greig as foreman, was then impaneled and sworn, and after receiving the charge of the court, retired to their deliberations.

 The petit jury was discharged to the 5th of next month, and there will be no cases tried until that time.

 Several residents of foreign birth were naturalized.

 From appearances, considerable business has been put before the grand jury, but up to the time of closing this report, the result of their labors had not been reported to the court.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/24/1874.


 State of Louisiana, Parish of Lafayette.
 District Court, 16th Judicial Dist.

 In the name and by authority of the State of Louisiana, the Grand Jurors of the State of Louisiana, duly impaneled, sworn and charged to inquire within and for the body of the Parish of Lafayette in the Sixteenth Judicial District.

 Upon their oath do present, that, after careful examination of the Parish Prison, we find it in a most dilapidated condition and totally unfit to secure prisoners and that we therefore condemn the said Parish Prison as it now stands ;  and that the only way in our opinion it could be made secure, is by placing two iron grated rooms within the walls of the upper portion of the building for the purpose of securing prisoners charged with grievous offences and that the lower portion be repaired for the purpose of securing prisoners charged with minor offences.
       Respectfully submitted,
             SIDNEY GREIG, Foreman of the Grand Jury, October Term 1874.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/31/1874.



Police Jury Proceedings.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 An Ordinance to establish a Public Road, from Broussardville to the dividing line between the Parishes of Lafayette and St. Martin and leading to New Iberia.

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

 Be it further ordained, that the sum of one hundred and sixty-five dollars be and the same is hereby appropriated to Joseph L. Landry, and the sum of one hundred and eighty dollars, be and the same is hereby appropriated to Clet Landry and the sum of seven dollars and fifty cents be and the same is hereby appropriated to Aurelien Bosley, said amounts to be paid by parish warrants, to be issued to the order of said parties respectively, in full satisfaction for right of way and damages, for the running of said road over their lands ;  provided that said warrants shall not be issued before the aforesaid shall be opened and delivered to the use of the public.

 On motion of Mr. Dubau, it was resolved by Police Jury of the parish of Lafayette, that there shall be established nine polls or voting places in said parish until otherwise ordained and the same are hereby fixed and established at the following places, to-wit:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 The following accounts were approved and warrants ordered to issue for the same, viz:

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 On motion of Mr. Jean Bernard, the Police Jury then adjourned until the next regular session.
G. DUBAU, President.
C. H. MOUTON, Clerk.
Lafayette Gazette 10/24/1874.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of October 24th, 1906:

The Post Card Craze.

 In Europe it has been going on for ten years, and still it is greater this year than ever; at the present time in this country, there are millions of young, middle-aged, and even old people, who are striving to get together a number of cards of all styles. Almost every day we are receiving some of these new cards. If for nothing else than to pass a few pleasant moments, drop in and look over our Post Cards. - Moss Pharmacy.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/24/1906. 














 Speaker Labels TV Crime Shows 'Mental Poison.'

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mrs. Clara Logan of Los Angeles, president of the National Assn. for Better Radio and Television, told a senate subcommittee Friday that television crime shows are serving up "mental poison" to young America.

 "To a degree never before experienced by any other generation," she said, children of the present day are being "saturated with graphically illustrated murder, cliff-hangar suspense, incidents of brutality and sadism and crimes of all kinds without number."

 She hinted that "an increasingly alert public" would boycott the products sold by sponsors of such shows.

 The subcommittee, headed by Sen. Hendrickson (R-NJ) is winding up a two-day inquiry into whether there is a connection between television crime and horror shows and teen-age crime. Spokesman for major TV networks contended Friday that the best scientific studies do not indicate any connection whatsoever. 

Lake Charles American Express 10/24/1954.

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