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From the Lafayette Advertiser of October 25th, 1905:


 Given by Citizens under Auspices of Alibi Club at Gordon to Railroad Men. - Great Enthusiasm Manifested in Regard to Baton Rouge-Lafayette Road. A Notable Occasion and a Delightful Success.

 The smoker given by the citizens of Lafayette under the auspices of the Alibi Club to the returned railroad officials and their employees last Tuesday night at the Gordon was a delightful success. The spacious dining hall was filled to crowding, about three hundred being present, and a striking feature of the occasion was the great manifestation of good will and unanimity of purpose between the citizens and the railroad men. The Baton Rouge-Lafayette road was frequently referred to and every mention of it received with enthusiastic applause, demonstrating the unanimous sentiment of citizens and railroad men alike that nothing must be left undone to secure it.

 The program for the evening was appropriately arranged in railroad terms as a time table, and promptly at the hour set Master of ceremonies F. V. Mouton, who for the time being was conductor, called "all aboard" which brought the travelers for Smokerville to their seats. After a brief introductory address in which he took occasion to thank the members of the various committees for their efficient service, he gave the signal for a run according to schedule, and the Sontag Concert Band rendered the sweet and suggestive strains of Home, Sweet Home, especially appropriate in this instance.

 Mayor C. O. Mouton followed with a welcome address, expressing the pleasure of the spirit of the community in having the railroad men with us again.

 Dr. G.A. Martin, being called upon, spoke entertainingly, expressing his pleasure at the spirit of the gathering and then referring to the Baton Rouge-Lafayette road, which he declared Lafayette must have.

 Attorney Jerome Mouton, made a most excellent talk in which he spoke of the pleasant relations which have always existed between the railroad men and the citizens, and the assistance which the railroad men had given to all progressive moves. At this Attorney Elliot in a witty little speech presented Supt. Shackford a fully equipped passenger train for the Baton Rouge-Lafayette road, to which Mr. Shackford responded in a like manner, his happy turns of speech frequently eliciting appreciative hand clapping. He thanked the people of Lafayette on behalf of the railroad men for this manifestation of their friendly regard and expressed the hope that this mutual regard would grow stronger as the years roll on. He also took occasion to express his appreciation and that of his employees of the railroad for the excellent treatment they had received at the hands of the people of New Iberia bespeaking at the same time the kindly feeling of the Lafayette people towards the New Iberians because of their cordial welcome and entertainment of Lafayette's friends. He closed by pledging his company and it's men to give hearty co-operation in promoting the welfare of the town, also promising that trains would be running on the Baton Rouge road within a year after the right of was secured.

 Chairman Caffery, of the Right of Way Committee, followed with a forceful presentation of the importance of the railroad as a factor in the substantial growth of a town and declared that every public spirited citizen should be roused to prompt and decisive action to secure the Baton Rouge-Lafayette railroad.

 President E.L. Stephens of the Institute was scheduled for this stop, but he being absent, master of ceremonies F.V. Mouton very wittily stated that Conductor Stephens would not be able to take out his train having been ordered to report at headquarters, but that not wishing to see his passengers disappointed, a special would be run for their accommodation, he then turned to Judge P. S. Pugh who responded briefly urging that if the people of Lafayette wanted that new road they would have to hustle, that other towns, and one named Crowley, were after it.

 Mayor Mouton here read a telegram from Supt. E.B. Cushing expressing thanks for the invitation to be present and wittily suggesting that as the citizens were to present Supt. Shackford with a Baton Rouge-Lafayette train, they also present him with a right of way to run it on.

 Maj. J. M. Lee was next on the schedule. He told of his efforts to make the Baton Rouge-Lafayette road an accomplished fact, and promised that construction work would begin within twenty days after the right of way was secured. He urged that the citizens secure their part at the earliest moment.

 Attorneys, Campbell, Kennedy and Julian Mouton and Hon. Overton Cade also made addresses. Their remarks were received with applause again and again.
Mr. Elliot, on behalf of the Alibi Club here presented Mayor Mouton a model city hall to take the place of the present inadequate structure, provoking considerable mirth. The mayor accepted the gift in appropriate words, but declared that the town must have the railroad first and then a city hall would be a proper subject for consideration.

 The evening's pleasure was greatly enhanced by several banjo selections by Mr. E. J. Dowling and the delightful music of the Sontag Band. Master of Ceremonie Mouton, also added pleasure to the occasion and won credit for himself by his excellent carrying out of the spirit of the occasion in his facile use of railroad terms and proper fitting of them just at the right moment.

 Credit is also due Manager Salles of the Gordon for the fine arrangements made for lunch and refreshments which contributed much to the occasion.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/25/1905.


 Southern Pacific Urging Committees to Get Right of Way of Baton Rouge-Lafayette Railroad.

 Baton Rouge, La., Oct. 20. - The Southern Pacific Road is apparently very anxious to begin work upon the construction of its proposed branch line from Lafayette to Baton Rouge, the survey for which has been made, for the local committee having in charge the matter of securing the rights of way for the road in West Baton Rouge Parish has received several telegrams from J. M. Lee, Jr., the General Agent of the road, making inquiry as to the progress of the Committee in securing the rights of way.

 During the past month and a half nothing has been done by the Committee because of the quarantine which West Baton Rouge maintained, but the restrictions are being withdrawn by all of the parishes now, and and it is expected the matter will be taken up with the renewed vigor.

 A. V. Dubroca, of West Baton Rouge Parish, was appointed the right of way agent by the local Committee, and he was instructed to make arrangements for the entire right of way of the Southern Pacific in West Baton Rouge.

 A portion of this right of way has been secured and satisfactory progress was being made upon the entire route when the work was stopped.

 The officials of the Southern Pacific are very anxious to begin the construction work on this line from Lafayette to Baton Rouge, and the committees of the several parishes through which the road will run are expected to renew their efforts in securing the rights of way now that the quarantines are removed and business is being resumed.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/25/1905.


Efforts of Baton Rouge-Lafayette Right of Way Committee Being Met With Encouraging Success.

 The committee on right of way for the Baton Rouge-Lafayette railroad have been busily at work the past week on securing the right of way, and have met with very encouraging success. Arrangements have been made with several and Messrs. Angelo and Morse, purchasers of the Caffery tract some time ago, generously donated the right of way over their land. The committee are hopeful of being able to acquire the right of way complete at an early date, and that without having to resort to litigation or expropriation proceedings; indeed the liberal manner in which they have been received so far, greatly encourages them.

 The building of this road means much to both the town and the parish and the aid of everybody should be willingly given to hasten its construction at as early a date as possible.   Lafayette Advertiser 10/25/1905.

 Moved Yesterday. - Wishchan & Millet, who have been located on Pierce street opposite the Post-office, yesterday moved into the store next to The Advertiser office on Jefferson street, where they will be at all times prepared to supply the public with fresh cakes and cookies of all kinds. They carry also a fine line of candies. Lafayette Advertiser 10/25/1905. 

Quick Action. - Thursday marked the organization of the Road-building Association and by Saturday night it had placed in splendid shape one of the worst places in the roads of the third ward, a stretch of about 150 yards on the Breaux Bridge road extending from the end of the long bridge over the coulee a short distance this side of the bayou. This particular place, until within a few days past when the sun had dried it out, was in a most wretched condition and almost impassable. The Association employed Mr. Alfred Hebert to do the work and he made a good job of it. It is well graded and in fine shape. Mr. Hebert will watch the road for some time and keep it in a first class condition. The Association will have work done on the Carencro road this week and place it in good travelable condition. Lafayette Advertiser 10/25/1905.

Thanksgiving Ball. - Camelia Lodge No. 653, B. of L. F. will give a Thanksgiving Ball at the Jefferson Theater Thursday, Nov. 30. An excellent band will be secured for the occasion and the music will be all that is desired to lend lightness to tripping feet. The event promises to be a social success and the various committees are making all arrangements to make it a brilliant affair.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/25/1905.

 The Great Zanzic Dies. - Zanzic, the palmist and magician, who exhibited in Lafayette several weeks last year, died in Houston Saturday, aged 43. His true name was Henry M. Turpie and he was a native of New Orleans. He leaves a wife and six children. Lafayette Advertiser 10/25/1905.

Scott Fair. - The Fair at Scott Saturday and Sunday is reported to have been a fine success. A large crowd was present, all of whom had an enjoyable time, and the financial returns were very satisfactory. Lafayette Advertiser 10/25/1905.


 In this issue of The Advertiser is published the charter of the Citizen's Road-building Association, organized in Lafayette on the 18th instant.

 A glance at the names of the merchants and business men composing the Board of Directors gives the strongest assurance that in such good hands some real work is going to be accompanied in the direction of securing a permanent system of good roads in the parish of Lafayette every year on account of bad roads runs high into the thousands of dollars, and so all the merchants and business men will find it in their best interest in every way to give regular and particular attention to the subject of good roads, for nothing else will given them larger and more lasting returns in their business than the time and money they may devote to maintaining a good system of roadways leading to their stores from every section of the country.

 It is not only the merchant who is effected by the condition of the public roads, but the banker, the farmer, the doctor, the lawyer, the artisan and all other members of the community have a personal as well as a general interest in the matter. And the mutuality of interest is so string between all the different business, professional and social elements which go toward making up the life of the town and country, that all are bound to share in the losses and gains of each other directly or indirectly.

 The question of public roads is essentially connected with the life and prosperity of the people as a whole, and being a question of such vast importance it should receive intelligent and effectual attention at the hands of the public officers and others specially charged with the duty of fostering this highly important branch of the public service. In this regard it is not to be expected that the members of the Police Jury should abandon or neglect their private or personal affairs and devote their entire time as individuals to the actual work of building and repairing the public roads. This would be altogether unreasonable in the first place, and, secondly, would be unwise, and disappointing in results as well, because in most cases these men not being practical road makers themselves are not prepared to undertake and carry on this kind of work properly. But what the tax-payer and the public do have the right to expect, and to exact, is that the men they honor with public office and make the trustees of their confidence and their material prosperity, should at least exert themselves to put into effect the best ways and the most reasonable means of achieving the end in view.

 There has been a fair improvement made in the general condition of the public roads in Lafayette parish in recent years - improvement in methods and improvement in the revenues for making better methods possible, but there still remains much to be desired in this direction. The system of working the roads followed at present, though presenting some points of advantage over the older methods, is yet far from being satisfactory, owing to the insurmountable and fatal weakness that is involved in any and all systems of work or business where the power of control and the sense of responsibility is distributed among a large number of individuals.

 There has been in this parish a strong and persistent demand for an adoption by the Police Jury, of the contract system of working the public roads. Persons who are acquainted with the successful operation of this plan in other parts of the country recognize that the contract system is based upon sound business principles, and under proper safeguards can not fail to give other than good results.

 We understand it to be the purpose and the policy of The Citizens' Road-building Association to introduce and encourage the contract system of public road work in Lafayette parish, with the support and co-operation of the Police Jury. This is an important move in the history of Lafayette parish and town, indeed one of the most important movements ever set foot by the people, and one that will not fail to make to make a powerful and lasting impression for the general good.

 The popularity of the project and the confidence of the people in the merit and success of the undertaking is well attested by their great willingness and liberality in responding to the call for subscriptions for stock to provide the Association with the necessary funds to carry on operations. This is as it should be in a move that is going to benefit everybody, and it would not be just or fair for some to accept and enjoy benefits that others are paying for, without they also contribute their part of the cost of securing these benefits.

 It is purely and simply a business proposition that is bound to pays handsome returns on the money invested, not in interest coupons, but in large accumulation of profits on a great volume of trade that is lost every year to the merchants and business men of Lafayette on account of bad roads, and which added volume of trade is bound to stimulate all other branches of industry and activity necessarily associated with the mercantile and business interests of every community. Lafayette Advertiser 10/25/1905.


 A group of Lafayette business men were engaged in an interesting discussion of the road question one day last week, in its varied relations to the business and the farming interests of the country, and the more they discussed the subject the more they became impressed with its importance and magnitude.

 Some of the conclusions to which these business men arrived after a careful dissecting of the road problem were, that good roads are very essential to the prosperity and well-being of the farmer, the merchant, the doctor and all other classes of people; that the present revenues of the parish for road-building purposes, together with the sum of money ordinarily appropriated by the Police Jury for roads and bridges out of the general funds, are ample and sufficient to regularly maintain a complete system of good roads throughout the parish, if these funds were employed in a practical and economical way; and that the heaviest tax the people of the country are called in to pay is the loss they are continually sustaining on account of bad roads.

 This tax is represented in the case of the farmer by his inability to bring his produce to market safely and expeditiously, whenever it may suit his purpose or convenience, and in the wear and tear of his buggies, wagons and horses of mules. In the case of the merchant, this tax is felt in the great loss of trade which he naturally sustains during the weeks and months that the roads remain unsafe and impassible to travel in the territory contiguous to his store. And for the doctor, for whom we should all feel the greatest sympathy and consideration, this tax of bad roads by day and by night, year in and year out, comes in the form of rapid wearing away of vehicle and horses, serious loss of time in arriving at the bedside of patients, and, of more consequence than all, in the unnatural and premature wearing away of body and mind.

 The Advertiser wishes to add to more counts in the charges to be made against bad roads, both of which have a direct and important bearing on the question. We refer to the serious effect of bad roads upon the school attendance of the children of the parish, and upon church attendance of the people in general; and, last but not least, interference with the social amenities of members of the same community with special reference to the mothers and daughters burdened with the drudgery of house work - those willing, self-sacrificing women endowed with strong natural social instincts, whose lives it should be the highest duty and pleasure of every husband and father to render as comfortable and happy as possible.

 Let us banish bad roads forever.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/25/1905.

$2,000.00 For Good Roads. - Although no regular canvass for subscriptions has yet been undertaken by the Board of Directors by the Citizens' Road-building Association of Lafayette, the substantial sum of two thousand dollars has already been subscribed by just a few citizens and business men. It is going to require a considerable amount of money to enable the Association to lay a good foundation for a permanent system of good roads, and it is the intention of the officers and directors of the Association to give everybody an opportunity of helping along this great undertaking, because everybody is interested in the success of a movement which has for its object good roads that will remain good every day in the year.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/25/1905.


Texas May Raise Bars Against Lafayette Friday. - Abandoned by Mississippi and Arkansas. Texas Hold Only Against Infected Points. - Southern Pacific to Put on Another Train Soon.

 The cold weather has had a beneficial effect in raising quarantines. Mississippi and Arkansas have taken of restrictions and Texas now only quarantines infected points. The fever situation everywhere is improved. In New Orleans new cases are so few that the fever can not longer be considered as a menace and in other parts of the State big improvement is reported. All roads running into New Orleans from Mississippi and Alabama have resumed regular trains, and on the Louisiana roads passenger traffic is being resumed on those roads which have been tied up. The Southern Pacific will probably put on another train in a day or two. For the present Texas considers Lafayette an infected point, but it is believed that by Friday Texas will raise the bars and receive passengers from this point. Lafayette Advertiser 10/25/1905.

Bury the Hatchet.
 Now that sober thought has succeeded the high tension of mind induced by the yellow fever in the South, with its long and disagreeable train of quarantine abuse, it would seem to be part of the wisdom to forgive and forget any excesses which one portion of the people may have committed against another portion of the people of the same community, through false fears and misapprehensions which could hardly be avoided under the circumstances.

 Human nature being very much the same the world over, it was not to be expected that the people of Lafayette town and parish would behave differently from the people of other places, and so they too had their little disputes during the unpleasantness, and since the smoke of battle has cleared away it is not easy to say who was most to blame in the entire affair, all parties to the issues having had more or less responsibility in giving rise to them.

 We believe everybody ought to be willing to acknowledge by this time that a great many people of the parish of Lafayette acted in a very much the same manner and spirit as a great many people in the town of Lafayette, which fact puts them all on about an equal footing, and the only sensible thing that remains to be done now is for all hands to make amends for any wrongs done, not with malice or harmful intent however, but under stress of misguided judgment. And they should make amends in a manly way by all citizens of the town joining hands together and working unitedly and perserveringly for the progress and advancement of the town and parish.

 Division and disruption only tend to retard the progress of a people, but unity and co-operation give a strength and an impulse before which all obstacles must give away. Then, we say, let us bury the hatchet deep, and face the future with new and brighter hope, and to this end all litigation and crimination and re-crimination growing out of the late disagreements should be dropped forthwith and forever, as a sincere proof of our good will toward each other and of our desire to make the town and parish of Lafayette lead in all good things. Lafayette Advertiser 10/25/1905.

New Store Property to Be Built. - Contractor John A. Vandyke is making all preparations to break ground to-day or to-morrow for the New Moss & Co. hardware and dry goods stores next to Biossat's jewelry establishment. The work will be pushed to rapid completion as all material for the building has been accumulate ahead of time.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/25/1905.

Mouton Sisters' Fall Opening. - Next Tuesday an event dear to the feminine heart will take place - the annual fall opening by Mouton Sisters'. That means for the ladies a delightful opportunity to see the latest in "loves of bonnets" which Dame Fashion has decreed to the proper thing for fall and winter wear and who can resist such an opportunity. Lafayette Advertiser 10/25/1905.

The Woman's Club.

 The Woman's Club met Saturday, Oct. 21, with Mrs. T. N. Blake. The president called the meeting to order, after which the secretary read the minutes of the previous meeting, which were adopted. Mmes. R. D. Voorhies, L. O. Clark and Jas. Kelly applied for membership and were unanimously received into the club.

 After the business of the meeting was over, the following program was rendered:

   Open Discussion of Act I, Leader ... Miss DeBlanc.
   Study of Act II, Leader ... Mrs. Blake.
   Reading of Scene II and VI.
   Act II Conducted by Miss Gladu.
   Roll-call: Quotations from Act. II.

 Mrs. C. O. Mouton and Miss Isabel Mouton treated the club to several beautiful instrumental selections which were much appreciated and enjoyed.

 The guests of the afternoon were: Mmes. White, Mouton, DeLaney and Misses Marie and Isabel Mouton.

 The club will meet Nov. 4, with Mrs. Davis as hostess. Lafayette Advertiser 10/25/1905.

Married Ladies' Euchre Club.

 The first meeting of the Married Ladies Euchre Club for the season was held at the residence of Mrs. Albert Doucet. The following officers were elected for the ensuing year; Mrs. C. M. Parkerson, president; Mrs. N. Abramson, secretary and treasurer.

 A series of entertaining games were played at the close of which Mrs. C. M. Parkerson was awarded a first prize, a beautiful plaque, and Mrs. Frank Broussard the second prize, a lovely picture.

 The pleasure of the occasion was delightfully added to by the delicious refreshments served by the hostess.

 The Club is limited to 20 members and is now full. Lafayette Advertiser 10/25/1905.

Lewis, Clark and Girard.

 Dr. Felix Girard returned Thursday from a visit to the Lewis and Clark Exposition, Portland, Oregon. He stated to an Advertiser reporter yesterday that he expected to leave last evening or as soon as possible for France where he goes on some business matters pertaining to the settlement of his grandmother's estate. While there he will take a special course in the Royal Academy of medicine in Paris in diseases of the eye, ear, nose and throat. He expects to be absent three months and perhaps longer. Lafayette Advertiser 10/25/1905.

The Cane Crop.
[La. Planter and Sugar Manufacturer.]

 The weather during the greater part of the past week has been unseasonably warm and this has not been beneficial to the cane crop as it had a tendency to delay the secretion of sugar in the canes, which is now much desired.

 It has been dry, however, and this has helped the situation and rendered it less critical that it was during the week, when so much rainfall was experienced. The campaign is now about to start everywhere. While the cane is green, an improvement in this respect is anticipated from now on. Lafayette Advertiser 10/25/1905.

Mrs. A. E. Ferren
nee Louise Revillon.

 Died Saturday, Oct. 21, at her residence in Lake Charles, La., Louise Revillon, wife of A. E. Ferren, aged 33 years. Mrs. Ferren's death came as a great shock to her many friends here who admired and esteemed her for her many charming and favorable traits of character, and they deeply sympathize with the bereaved husband and relatives. The remains were brought to Lafayette on the afternoon train Saturday. Sunday at 11 a. m. the funeral took place from the family residence and proceeded to St. John's Catholic church, where the solemn service of the dead was read by Father Charles, who also paid a fitting tribute to the departed. The body was then taken to the cemetery and laid to rest. Lafayette Advertiser 10/25/1905.

Omer Martin.

 Died at his residence in Breaux Bridge Friday, Oct. 20, 1905 at 1:20 p. m., Omer Martin, aged 74 years and 3 months.

 Mr. Martin was a man of fine character and was highly esteemed by his fellow citizens among whom he was born and reared. He was a good citizen and took an active part in public affairs. In the civil war he went to the front and did active duty for his country, achieving the rank of captain for meritorious service. For the past eight years he has served as post-master. He married Miss Elise Estilette in 1855, about 3 months ago he celebrated his golden wedding. His wife and the following children survive him:  Drs. J. A. Martin and G. A. Martin, of Lafayette, Dr. F. R. Martin, of Crowley, Dr. G. W. Martin, of Arnaudville, Mrs. Horace Martin, of Jennings, Mrs. Arthur Couret and Mrs. Juanita Martin of Breaux Bridge.

 Funeral services attended by a large number of friends and relatives among which were many from Lafayette, were held at the Catholic church in Breaux Bridge Saturday at noon.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/25/1905.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 10/25/1905.

 Mr. J. L. Cook, of Natchitoches, quarantine difficulties being overcome, reached town Thursday. After a few hours stop he went to Youngsville to open the public school there.

 The Falk Mercantile Co. are prepared to take charge of funerals and attend to all graveyard work. A fine rubber-tired hearse in stock.

 Miss Lucy Judice, after a two months vacation spent in Galveston with relatives, returned last week and Monday resumed her duties as book-keeper for Pellerin & DeClouet.

 Rev. Father Bollard, now of Charenton, and who for a long time was vicar at this place, spent several days at the bedside of Rev. Father Forge, who has been ill for the past week.

 Zanzic, the palmist and magician, who exhibited here several weeks last year, died in Houston Saturday, aged 43. His true name was Henry M. Turpie and he was a native of New Orleans. Lafayette Advertiser 10/25/1905.


 From the Lafayette Gazette of October 25th, 1902:


 300 Home-seekers Pass Through Lafayette on Their Way to Texas.

 Thursday morning things were unusually lively around the Crescent Hotel. A train, bearing about 300 people, stopped long enough at the station to give the passengers an opportunity to eat breakfast. Capt. Hahn, of the Crescent, had made preparations to accommodate the large crowd and in a remarkably short time gave breakfast to one hundred and ten persons. Some went to Pellerin Bros'. and Domegeaux's and had breakfast at these restaurants.

 Most of the party were from Illinois. One of the leading men of the party was Mr. Horace McClure, well and favorably known in Lafayette. Several old friends of Mr. McClure met the gentleman and enjoyed quite a long talk with him. Mr. McClure told a representative of this paper that he would try to have the train stop here half a day on its return trip. Mr. Louis Lacoste, who was present, told Mr. McClure that if notified in time the people of this town would no doubt make suitable arrangements to receive the party and to give them an opportunity to see as much of the country as possible.

 The people composing the party appeared to be well-to-do home-seekers. They left here with the intention of staying a short while in Crowley and Jennings. A committee from Jennings met them here. They will spend most of their time in Texas.
Lafayette Gazette 10/25/1902.


 And Jailed on Charges of Burglary - Citizens of Carencro Charged With Whipping the Prioners.

 Last Friday night Deputy Sheriff Lamulle came to town with three negroes, Mico Davis, Adrien Andrus, Alex Gardner and a negress named Cora Lessey, charged with having committed some burglaries in Carencro. It appeared that the negress had been captured in the commission of a burglary and had made a statement, implicating the three negroes. The four prisoners were turned over to Deputy Trahan who placed them in jail.

 The next day it transpired that the prisoners had been whipped before their incarceration. Sheriff Broussard looked into the matter and made an affidavit charging Deputy Lamulle and Messrs. C. Latiolais, Simonet Breaux and Batisse Sonnier with assault and battery, alleging that they had flogged the prisoners. It is said that other citizens of Carencro took part in the flogging and that other affidavits will follow.

 As a result of this affair Sheriff Broussard has notifed Mr. Lamulle that his commission as deputy sheriff has been revoked. Lafayette Gazette 10/25/1902.

At the Surrey Park.

 Despite the rainy weather last Sunday the races at the Surrey Park attracted a pretty big crowd. Friday and Saturday the attendance was small, though the races were very interesting. A number of good horses took part in both the running and trotting races. The bad weather interfered seriously with the races Sunday, but everything came off as announced.

 The Surrey Park Association is to be congratulated upon its efforts to secure good horses for its fall meeting. The association is deserving of the support of the community. Races such as were had last week never fail to draw large crowds to town.
Lafayette Gazette 10/25/1902.

A New Store. - Messrs. Miller and Kaplan are the proprietors of a new store in the building next to Begnaud & Comeaux's saloon. The new firm announces that it begins business with an up-to-date stock of clothing and that it has a number of "introduction bargains" to offer the public. Tancred Guilbeau is manager of the store.
Lafayette Gazette 10/25/1902.

Session Begins Nov. 3 - List of Teachers.

 On Monday, Nov. 3, the public schools throughout the parish will begin the session of 1902-1903. The schools will be in charge of an unusually well-equipped corps of teachers and, with the increased manifested in the cause of education, it is safe to predict that the session will be a most successful one. We give below the names of the teachers at all the schools in the parish, including, of course, those of the towns where the schools have been open since September:


Lafayette Gazette 10/25/1902.

Imposing Ceremony at the Convent.

 An imposing ceremony took place at the Mount Carmel Convent last Thursday when Rev. Father Forge received in the Sodality of The Children of Mary the following young girls, all pupils of the convent:  Misses Vivian and Louise Martin, Ortha Lombard, Alice Campbell, Theresa Richard, Natalie Hohorst, Marie Louise Mouton, Annie Coleman and Stella Roy. Father Forge spoke impressively of the duties of the Children of Mary and then each young lady, holding a waxen taper, approached the illuminated and flower laden altar, and received the medal and blue ribbon, insignia of the association. Beautiful anthems and hymns were rendered by the convent choir, under the leadership of Misses Emma Verret and Sadie Mouton, and the benediction of the Blessed Sacrament concluded the ceremony. Under the able management of Mother M. Zitta the convent is in a very flourishing condition, one. hundred and ten scholars attending daily and the roll continually increasing.
Lafayette Gazette 10/25/1902.

 A New Store. - Messrs. Miller and Kaplan are the proprietors of a new store in the building next to Begnaud & Comeaux's saloon. The new firm announces that it begins business with an up-to-date stock of clothing and that it has a number of "introduction bargains" to offer the public. Tancred Guilbeau is manager of the store.
Lafayette Gazette 10/25/1902.

Democratic Meeting. - We learned late yesterday that a Democratic mass meeting would be held in Lafayette to-day. It is not stated where the meeting will be held, but we suppose it will be in the court-house. As posters announcing the meeting were distributed only yesterday, comparatively few people will hear of it in time to attend. We believe that if the meeting had been properly advertised there would be a large attendance. Congressman Broussard, Senator Foster, John Marks and St. Clair Adams are advertised to speak.  Lafayette Gazette 10/25/1902.


 The Gazette has always contended that any effort to organize a white Republican party in the South is doomed to failure. A Republican party which excludes the negro from participation in its affairs, can not, in the very nature of things, hope to be successful. Its promoters may be sincere. They may be honestly in favor of eliminating the negro as a factor in politics. We believe that the Lily Whites in this State are intensely in earnest. At least, a majority of them are. But the time come when the colored brother will have to be reckoned with. He may be temporarily ignored, but whenever he will be strong enough to assert those rights which Republicanism has given him and guarantees to him, the best laid schemes of the Lily Whites will go to pieces.

 At this time there is a movement to organize a white Republican party in every Southern State, similar to the one in Louisiana. In North Carolina the white Republicans are displaying great activity under the leadership of United States Senator Pritchard. Everything was lovely in the camp of the North Carolina Lily Whites until a few days ago when their little plan sustained a severe shock. It was in the shape of letter written by Gen. James S. Clarkson, an intimate friend and political manager of President Roosevelt, to Lee Person, a negro politician of North Carolina. The letter reads:

 "My Dear Mr. Person - I am glad to have your letter. I need no thanks for what I did in opposing the 'Jim Crow' party in Alabama and other Southern States. No self-respecting Republican will tolerate any such attempted departure from the cardinal doctrine of the party. The President has no sympathy with it and you may assure all your friends and your whole race that he is as sound on the doctrine of human rights and manhood suffrage as I am.

 "I shall be glad to hear from you whenever you have anything to communicate. Sincerely yours,
                    "JAMES S. CLARKSON."

 It is needless to say that Clarkson's letter has thrown considerable cold water on the Lily White movement in North Carolina. Not long ago Clarkson was appointed surveyor of the port of New York by President Roosevelt, and his assurance that the chief executive "is sound on the doctrine of human rights and manhood suffrage" entitled to much weight."

 "No self-respecting Republican," says Gen. Clarkson, "will tolerate any such attempted departure from the cardinal doctrine of the party." Every Republican platform since the war has contained a declaration for negro suffrage and for the political equality of the negro. Without one exception every Republican platform has denounced the white people of the South for endeavoring to exclude the negro from governmental affairs. Not a single Republican of national reputation has ever hesitated to defend negro suffrage as a cardinal doctrine of Republicanism. Lafayette Gazette 10/25/1902.


 A recent number of the Houston Chronicle contains an article on Anse la Butte which gives a graphic pen picture of the famous spot, with Breaux Bridge and Longfellow's immortal oak as background. The author of this invaluable contribution to the already voluminous literature of Anse la Butte is Mr. Harrison Clark. An intermingling of romance and oil gives added charm to Mr. Clark's story, and a pardonable degree of poetic license is responsible for a few slight discrepancies. Mr. Clark prefaces his article with the following paragraphs.

 Beaumont Texas, Oct. 13. - "The land to which poor, disappointed, lovelorn Evangeline came in search of her recreant lover, and which Longfellow made famous in verse, is now feverishly springing into prominence as the new oil fields of the South.

 "But a few miles from the grand old oak under which weary Evangeline rested and listened to the whisperings of the wind and the song that was in her heart, in iron-lined hole in the ground has for the greater part of a week been sending out its raucous noise, and the bosom of the beautiful Bayou Teche, which murmuringly bathes the feet of the great but lonely old monarch of a departed forest, is greasily covered with splotches and streaks of floating oil."

 With the exception of the reproach to the memory of Evangeline's hapless lover, the foregoing is all true. But no maiden of ancient or modern times was every loved more than a faithful lover than was Evangeline. After a short incursion into the realms of romance, the writer tells of more sordid things. He says:

 "Already there are hundreds of the advance guard of an oil boom headed toward Anse la Butte, and there are predictions of a boom such as that which struck Beaumont 18 months ago. Speculators and legitimate oil men are gobbling up real or supposed oil lands, and asking little about the price or the title, so that they may for the time control them. Hotels and eating houses and photographers are springing into existence within the sound of the new gusher, and all of them are dreaming - when they sleep, which is not often - of golden streams spouting out of the ground and falling into the shape of ducats into their pockets."

 After paying a deserved compliment to the Heywood Brothers, Mr. Clark has the following to say of the country contiguous to Anse la Butte and of the distances to Lafayette and to Breaux Bridge. Says Mr. Clark:

 "The history of the Anse la Butte oil field is interesting. In the first place, Anse la Butte, with or without oil, is interesting. Originally it was called L'Anse Labutte, and there is probably a meaning to the name, but it is not known to the average inhabitant. It is 14 miles below Breaux Bridge, on the Bayou Teche, and about 12 miles below the great oak tree under which, according to Longfellow, Evangeline sat and bemoaned the absence of her lost lover. The land of the neighborhood is level, as the term would be understood in St. Louis, but there is more roughness than there is in the neighborhood of Beaumont. The hills are higher, and there are more of them. Lafayette, which is the nearest town to the oil field, is practically flat, topographically, and from the town the spouting column of gas, sand, water and oil can be plainly seen. The noise of the gusher can be clearly heard at this distance - 4 1/2 miles."

 As The Gazette has been jointly charged with the people of Lafayette with harboring sinister designs, it will submit, without argument, the testimony of this unprejudiced and disinterested witness on the vexed problem of distances to the oil field. Mr. Clark has no doubt traveled both routes and his judgment is the result of honest impressions.

 The writer then informs us that Mr. Robert Martin of St. Martinville will soon take his seat in the United States Senate. The article contains a great deal more which we would like to reproduce in these columns, but we regret we have not the space to do so. Lafayette Gazette 10/25/1902.

Police Jury Proceedings.

 Lafayette, La., Oct. 2, 1902. - The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: M. Billeaud, Jr., Alonzo Lacy, J. C. Buchanan, F. G. Mouton, J. O. Blanchet, J. A. Labbe, John Whittington, Saul Broussard and Alex M. Broussard,

 The following petition was read:

 To the Honorable Police Jury of the Parish of Lafayette: - The undersigned property tax-payers of the first ward of said parish respectfully petition your honorable body to levy a special tax of one and one-half mills on the dollar per annum on the assessed valuation of property of said ward for a term of four years beginning with the year 1902, and as required by act No. 131 of the acts of the Legislature of the State of Louisiana of the year 1898; that your honorable body do order a special tax of said ward on the proposition to levy said tax as hereinabove set forth.

 Which, tax, when assessed, levied and collected, shall be used exclusively for the support of public schools in said ward and shall be paid over the tax-collector to the School Board treasurer for that purpose: J. Baptiste Peres, Philip Martin, Paul Martin, Alex Martin, Jr., G. Mouton, Alonzo Lacy, Alexandre Delhomme, Alf. A. Delhomme, Fred J. Mayer, A. Judice, Leo Judice, H. D. Guidry, M. D., Mrs. Widow Martial Broussard, John Hebert, Martin Prejean, Alcee Dugas, Alexandre Hernandez, Felix Malapart, Mme. Veuve Aymar Mouton, Gabriel Dugas, Sylvian Richard, Adam Chiasson, Livaudais Guillot, Simeon Begnaud, Felix Begnaud, Clerfe Sonnier, Alex Chiasson, Louis E. Bernard, Lucien Arceneaux, Charles Hernandez, Ambroise Ancelet (his mark), Theogene Chiasson, Jules David, Alexandre Delhomme, Fred J. Mayer, A. Judice, H. D. Guidry, M. D., Rufus Peck, P. A. Chiasson, Sr., Eraste Guidry, Amedee Sonnier, Antoine Baquet, Adam Maitre, Alexandre Delhomme, Jr., P. A. Delhomme, George Weber, Jean Begnaud, Eugene LeBlanc, Theophile Sonnier, Albert Arceneaux, Ernest Sonnier, Jacques Mathieu, Arthur Billeaud, John Billeaud, Basile Sonnier, E. Jenkins, Cleophar Chiasson, Joseph Sonnier, Mrs. Vincent P. Domingues, Martial Hebert, Cleber Mouton, Onezine Albarado, Aristide Brasseux, Odillon Dugat, Joseph Martin, Mme. Basile Sonnier, Jean B. Sonnier, Wid. Francis Albarado, Israel Arceneaux, Contant Leger, W. C. Bernard, Sr., J. C. Bernard, Jr., C. Brandt, Geneus Boudreaux, Olivier Chiasson, J. R. Davis, Francois Thibodeaux,  John D. Bertrand, Felix Begnaud, J. P., D. Arceneaux, J. C. Broussard, Joseph Lacey, Dupres Prejean, Arthur Billeaud, Felix Crepin, Louis Anselet, Neville Prejean, Marcel Begnaud, Leein Dugas, Albert Breaux, Adam Credeur, Joseph Sonnier, Sosthene Hebert, Evan Ancelet, Trasimond Bourque, Adrien Blanchard, Mrs. Ursin Bourque, Lucien Areceneaux, Olivier Guidry per George Lessley, Alceede Guidroz per George Lessley, Felix Mouton, A. G. Mouton, E. Jenkins, B. Mouton, Albert Richard (his mark), Jean Begnaud, T. Begnaud, Laurent Begnaud, Joseph LeBlanc (his mark), Homer Chiasson, (his mark), Joseph Martin (his mark), Antoine Cong (his mark), Charles Hebert (his mark), A. B. Brasseux, Philbert LeBlanc, Simon Chiasson (his mark), Despance Prejean (his mark), Silvain Richard (his mark), M. Hebert, Jean Hebert, Adolph Granger (his mark), Mrs. Evariste Guidroz, Louis E. Bernard, Therence Guidroz, Etienne Mouton, Emile Martin, Elieson Hernandez (his mark), Gabriel Dugas, Felix Malaspart, P. A. Chiasson, Jr., Gaston Chiasson.

 Lafayette, Sept. 20, 1902. - I, the undersigned, Andre M. Martin, assessor of the parish of Lafayette, La., after a careful examination of the assessment rolls of the first ward, parish of Lafayette, of the year 1902, do hereby certify that the property tax-payers of the said ward, whose signatures are on the foregoing petition, constitute more than one-third of the property tax-payers of the said ward.

 Witness my official signature this 20th day of September, 1902.
                              A. M. MARTIN,
                      Assessor Lafayette, La.
 Mr. Lacey offered the following relative to the foregoing petition:

 An ordinance, ordering a special election in accordance with act 131 of the acts of the Legislature of the State for the year 1898, and article 232 of the Constitution, at which there shall be submitted to the property tax payers of the first ward of the parish of Lafayette, La., entitled to vote under the general election laws of this State, the question of levying a special tax of one and one-half mills on the dollar per annum for a period of three years, beginning with the first day of January, 1903.

 To be used exclusively for the support of the public schools in said first ward of said parish, and to be paid over by the tax collector to the school board treasurer for that purpose.

 Whereas, one-third of the property tax payers of the first ward of the parish of Lafayette, according to the certificate of the parish assessor, marked "B" and hereunto annexed and made part hereof, have petitioned this body to levy a special tax of one and one-half million dollar per annum on the assessed valuation of the property of said ward, for a term of three years beginning with the first day of January, 1903, for the support, exclusively, of the public schools in said ward, and to be paid over by the tax collector to the school board treasurer for that purpose, as per petition, marked "A", hereunto annexed and made part hereof, as required by the provisions of act 131 of the acts of the Legislature of the State of Louisiana of the year 1898.

 Section 1. Be it ordained by the Police Jury of the parish of Lafayette, La., in regular session assembled, that a special election is hereby ordered and shall be held in said first ward of the parish of Lafayette, La., on Monday, Dec. 1, 1902, at which election there shall be submitted to the property tax payers of said ward entitled to vote under the general election laws of Louisiana, the question of levying a special tax, to-wit:

 To be used exclusively for the support of the public schools in said first ward, and to be paid over by the tax collector to the school board treasurer for that purpose, a special tax of one and one-half mills on the dollar upon the assessed valuation of property in said ward.

 Section 2. Be it further ordained, That said election shall be held under the general election laws of the State of Louisiana, at the regular polling places in said first ward at which the last preceding general election shall be prepared according to the laws of the State.

 Section 3. Be it further ordained, That the Board of Supervisors of election for the parish of Lafayette, are hereby authorized and requested to appoint commissioners to serve at polling place or places to give the notice of said appointment and the time and place of holding said election, as required by law in such cases.

 Section 4. Be it further ordained, That the assessor of the parish of Lafayette, shall furnish to the commissioners of election appointed to hold said election a complete list of the tax payers of said first ward with the amount of their assessment respectively, duly certified, and shall also furnish a list of the property tax payers who have registered as required by law.

 Section 5. Be it further ordained, That the commissioners of election shall receive the ballots of all property tax payers of said ward entitled to vote at said election under the laws of the State of Louisiana, and before depositing the same in the ballot box, shall endorse thereon in the presence of the elector, unless the ballot shall have already been so endorsed, the name of the voter and the amount of his assessed property and the commissioners shall make returns of the number of votes and the amounts of the assessed value of the property voted "for" and "against."

 Section 6. Be if further ordained, That this ordinance and the petition of property tax payers, as set forth herein, be published in the official journal of the parish of Lafayette for thirty days prior to said election, in the same manner as provided by law for judicial advertisements, and that this ordinance shall take effect from and after its passage.

 Section 7. Be it further ordained, That in addition to the announcement of said election to be made by the Board of Supervisors of Election of said parish, and the publication of this ordinance, the president of the Police Jury of the parish of Lafayette is hereby authorized and requested to issue his proclamation, calling said special election, and stating that the rate, and the purpose of special taxation and the purpose for which it is intended according to the terms of this ordinance.

 Mr. Buchanan moved the following amendment to the ordinance offered by Mr. Lacey: Resolved that the citizens of the first ward defray all expenses of the special election prayed for in the petition this day presented. Amendment adopted, Mr. Lacy voting nay.

 The ordinance as amended was then unanimously adopted by the following vote: Yeas: M. Billeaud, Jr., J. C. Buchanan, F. G. Mouton, J. A. Labbe, Saul Broussard, John Whittington, Alonzo Lacy, J. O. Blanchet, Alex M. Broussard.  Nays: None.
M. BILLEAUD, JR., President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 10/25/1902.

Selected News Notes (Gazette) 10/25/1902.

 Mr. Alcide Judice has given $65 to build a school at Duson. This donation, added to the contributions of citizens of Duson and vicinity, raised the building fund to $175.

 Luther Manship will lecture at the Industrial Institute Thursday, Oct. 30. The lecture was announced to take place last Thursday, but a postponement to next week was unavoidable.

 Miss Mary Morrison, of New Orleans, has accepted a position as dressmaker at Mouton & Salles".

 Judge Debaillon and District Attorney Campbell are holding court in Crowley.

 Mr. L. J. Alleman has bought a lot in Johnston's street, Girard's addition. It is his intention to build a home there.

 Florent Sontag has bought the Veazey home from J. E. Trahan. The price paid is $2,000.

 Amede Domingue has sold his farm near town to Judge Julian Mouton for $4,000. The place contains 65 arpents.
Lafayette Gazette 10/25/1902.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of October 25th, 1902:

Second Year for S. L. I.

 The expansion of the Institute along material lines has kept pace with its growth in facility and capacity for instruction. The most important improvement made in the equipment since the close of the first session, consists in the completion of the second story of the dormitory and the entire furnishing of it. The last session of the Legislature made a special appropriation for this purpose. The will give the Institute one of the best equipped dormitories in Louisiana.

 Among other improvements made during the summer, may be noticed the plumbing and finishing of the chemical laboratory ;  the furnishing of the commercial department ;  additional furniture for the domestic science work, and order for a complete forge shop to consist of twelve forges with down-draft. This order has been filled, shipped and the goods are looked for daily.

 The growth of the Institute along athletic lines is shown by the organization of an athletic association and the formation of a foot-ball team, a tennis club, and a basket-ball club. Mr. P. Voorhies is president of the association :  Mr. Woodson is captain of the foot-ball team and Mr. Lillibridge, of the tennis club.

 Mr. V. L. Roy is manager of the foot-ball business. The interest shown by the students in all athletic games has been very gratifying to the teachers, who have assisted them in all their organizations. Foot-ball suits have been ordered to complete an outfit for twenty-two players ;  the tennis club has ordered a dozen rackets, in addition to nearly that number now on hand ;  the basket-ball team has already its equipment ;  two tennis and one basket-ball courts were laid out and filled during the week ;  the gridiron was mowed, rolled and made ready for the season's games.  Lafayette Advertiser 10/25/1902.

Chico is Dead.

 The Remains Taken Back to Lafayette.

 L. Chico, the brakeman who fell off the rear end of the Morgan passenger train Tuesday evening, about two miles this side of Lloyd died yesterday morning at 6:20 o'clock without having regained consciousness.

 At his bedside at the time were his wife, child, brother and other relative, and the members of the Brotherhood who came from Lafayette, his home, on a special train immediately after the accident.

 The Southern Pacific again showed its feelings for its employees by holding its passenger train here some time, in order that the remains, accompanied by the bereaved wife and child and relative might go to Lafayette with all possible expedition. The members of the family of the dead man state that they can hardly find words to express their gratitude to the people of Alexandria for the kindness shown them. The members of the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen gave him such attention as only they who are bound by fraternal ties can give. L. P. Didier and Mrs. Didier, Mrs. Kiefer, Leon T. Powers and others also interested themselves deeply in the injured man and rendered great assistance in taking care of him.

 Leon Chico was 36 years old. He was born in France, and has lived in America twenty years. Fifteen years of that time he has railroaded on the Morgan road, and was to have taken charge of a train as conductor had he returned to Lafayette from the fatal trip which was his last.

 The remains were taken charge of by Undertaker Hemnewas and Mr. Wells. Mayor Welch, who interested himself in the unfortunate young man from the time of his arrival here, accompanied the party to the depot.

 From the Alexandria Record and in the Lafayette Advertiser 10/25/1902.

Lafayette Left Out. - Circuses are giving Lafayette the go-by this year. Our neighboring towns, New Iberia and Crowley are more lucky. What's the matter anyway? Circus days are holidays for everybody, young and old, and all are delighted to see them come except the narrow-minded nicker-biter, who always comes out with his old stereotyped reason, "It takes the money away from town." That is because he has some money himself and is itching to get more. You never hear a poor man object to amuse himself, especially when it happens so seldom. New Iberia appreciates a circus of it gives license and water free as an inducement to have them come.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/25/1902.

The Races. - The races at Surrey Park last Friday, Saturday and Sunday were well attended, and were the most interesting that have been held so far. The management of the Park are evidently endeavoring to afford the lovers of the horse flesh the best entertainment that can be offered. Saturday one of the best horses on the course died on the track. Bessie June was the name of the horse, and was a very valuable animal. Sunday the rain interfered somewhat with the sport, nevertheless a good crowd was present and enjoyed fine races.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/25/1902

Message at Two Cents. - A deed of trust for $100,000,000 has been filed in the clerk of Court office in Lafayette, with the recorder of deeds for the International Telephone company, the proposed rival of the Bell System. The deed covers plants already secured, patents covering the manufacture of switch boards and general telephone apparatus and the franchises the concern expects to secure. It is proposed to issue bonds amounting to $100,000,000 underwritten by New York and Baltimore capitalists. It is proposed also to furnish telephone service at two cents to the message.  Lafayette Advertiser 10/25/1902.

May Go On Strike. - A dispatch to the Picayune states that engineers, firemen and boiler-makers of the Southern Pacific in California have made demands for a 20 per cent increase in wages, and have given the company until Nov. 1 to grant or reject them. If the latter there will be a strike.  Lafayette Advertiser 10/25/1902.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of October 25th, 1890:

New Engines for Southern Pacific.

  The Southern Pacific Railroad has ordered six large McQueen engines, from Schenectady, New York, to pull passenger trains between here and Houston. Four have already arrived, and are pulling freight West, to smooth up. You know, Horace Greeley advised all "young men" to go West. These engines have large boiler capacity, are 18 x 24 cylinder designation, and will add much to the promptness and efficiency of the Southern Pacific railroad, which is growing in popular favor as the most reliable and accommodating system between the East and the Pacific coast.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/25/1890.

From the Springfield Democrat.


 The great Robinson circus and menagerie here to-day.

 Years ago our grandfather used to sing praises of John Robinson and his mammoth circus. They related the grand sights and ring performances they witnesses at his show to their children and grand children until John Robinson's name was upon every tongue. Then as now his show was the foremost and leading one in the country. It was the first to travel by rail and has always been noted for presenting new and difficult feats. As the years passed by Robinson's show has grown in popular favor and to-day stands unrivaled. He has with him the best lady and gentlemen riders in the land, besides other performances that have no superiors in their lines.

 His menagerie is the largest and best ever seen. This season it is double its usual size and requires three tents to display it. Among the many curious in his rare and costly collection of animals are Mary, the oldest elephant in the United States, she being over 180 years old; the giraffe, eighteen feet and six inches high and for which Mr. Robinson refused $40,000; two camel back horses, the largest horse in the world. Among his collection Springfield is honored. Last night a pony cold was born and named "Springfield," in honor of Springfield.

 Mr. Robison shows here only to-day and to-night. His tents are pitched on the old base ball park in the West End. No one should fail to witness their great aggregation of wonders. - [Springfield Democrat, July 29.

 Will exhibit at Lafayette Nov. 1st.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/25/1890.    

District Court.

On Friday, the 17th inst., in the case of Edgar Isaacs, larceny, the District Attorney entered a nol. pros.

 Saturday, the 18th inst., the case of Wm. Perkins, et als., larceny, was tried by jury and the defendants acquitted.

 Monday, the 20th inst., the jury was discharged until Saturday, the 25th.

 Wednesday, the 22nd inst., the case of Long vs. Kee was taken up and is now on trial.

 Thursday evening O. J. Mouton passed sentence on the following prisoners:

 D. A. Campbell, passing counterfeit coin of the United States, sentenced to ten years in the State penitentiary.

 Clairna Babineaux, larceny, 4 months in State penitentiary.

 George Glover, larceny, twenty-three months in State penitentiary.

 Honore Manceaux, larceny, eighteen in State penitentiary.

 Alfred Guidry, carrying concealed weapon, fined $35 inclusive of cost, or two months in parish prison.

 Lafayette Advertiser 10/25/1890.


Pythias Ball. - The ball Thursday night at Falk's Hall, given by Lafayette Lodge No. 37, Knights of Pythias, was very interesting and enjoyable affair. We regret that the recent bad weather prevented many from the country from attending, on account of bad roads. However, the Hall was comfortably filled, and the occasion was one to be remembered. The Knights desire to express their thanks and high appreciation of the generous aid rendered by the ladies, and especially to Mr. G. M. Parish, who so efficiently conducted the refreshment department.   Lafayette Advertiser 10/25/1890.  

DIED, On Wednesday, October 22nd, 1890, at 4:45 o'clock p. m. in the city of New Orleans, RUTH C. LINDSAY, relict of the fate Dr. William B. Lindsay, aged 88 years and 9 months.

 It is with deep regret that we copy the above announcement from the New Orleans Picayune. This most estimable lady was a true type of the old-style Southern matron, to have known whom is to carry in your breast a beautiful and tender memory. Our first acquaintance with her dates back to the war, when as a young Confederate soldier we enjoyed her unbounded hospitality and motherly sympathy at her home in Brookhaven Miss. She was the mother of Mrs. W. C. Crow, (deceased), and of Mr. William B. Lindsay, a citizen of our town. Several times she visited Lafayette to remain awhile with her children, and made many warm and admiring friends here. We extend out sincere sympathy to the family. Lafayette Advertiser 10/25/1890.


Lafayette, La., Oct. 18, 1890. - Pursuant to call the Democratic campaign committee met this day at the Court House with the following members present: Dr. F. J. Mayer, R. W. Elliot, A. A. Labbe, G. Doucet, C. N. Landry and R. C. Greig.

 On motion duly made, Dr. Mayer was elected chairman, and R. C. Greig secretary.

 The generous offer of B. Falk, tendering his Opera Hall for the Price meeting on the 27th inst. was accepted, and it was determined to hold the meeting in Falk's Hall at 12 o'clock sharp on the 27th inst.

 By motion of Mr. Labbe, the chair appointed the following committees to act at the meeting:

 Resolutions - C. Debaillon, chairman; A. A. Labbe, Robt. C. Greig, O. Cade, G. Doucet, J. E. Mouton, C. N. Landry, Julian Mouton, E. H. Vordenbaumen.

 Arrangements - E. A. Mouton, chairman; Paul DeClouet, R. W. Elliot, Dr. F. C. Latiolais, R. C. Greig, Judge O. C. Mouton, H. Theall, R. C. Landry, J. C. Buchanan.

 Music - A. C. Guildbeau, C. P. Alpha, W. B. Bailey.

 It was resolved, that the campaign committee should act as a committee of reception, and also as finance committee.

 By motion of Mr. Elliot, each member of the committee appointed three vice presidents from the respective wards to serve at the meeting to-wit:

   1st ward - Alexandre Delhomme, Sr., Simeon Begnaud, Bazile Sonnier.
   2nd ward - Louis Whittington, Dr. M. L. Lyons, Ford Hoffpauir.
   3rd ward - Dr. F. S. Mudd, Crow Girard, W. B. Torian.
   4th ward - Jules Simon, O. Cade, E. LeBlanc.
   5th ward - J. G. St. Julien, A. Olivier, Lucien St. Julien.

   6th ward. - A. C. Guilbeau, H. E. Toll, Numa Breaux.
   7th ward - Darmas Broussard, J. O. Broussard, R. C. Landry.
   8th ward - A. D. Landry, L. G. Breaux, C. Doucet.

 The committee then adjourned to meet in Falk's Hall at 10 o'clock on the 27th.
DR. F. J. MAYER, Chairman.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/25/1890.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 10/25/1890.

 Notwithstanding the heavy rains, our streets mainly are in beautiful condition, which speaks well for our drainage system.

 The pasturage of our prairies and commons is excellent, and all the stock show good condition.

 The pay car arrived last Saturday night. Its monthly distribution of between five and six thousand dollars is a great aid to our merchants. Business during the week has been brisk. 

Sugar making is now in full blast, and new syrup is abundant in our stores. It is very fine this year.

 Messrs. Gaston Gladu and Gabriel Salles left here last Sunday to enter the Medical Department of the Tulane University at New Orleans.

 Capt. A. J. Ross, with a portion of his bridge force, is her making improvements on the property of the Crescent & News Hotel Company.

 Mr. W. D. Huff has established a branch pump at the switch house in the yard here, to exhaust the wind out of John Allingham's new hat.

 During next week Mr. Ben Falk will build a plank walk from Mrs. Mills' residence up to his Opera House. This is a much needed improvement, and we are glad that it will soon be accomplished. 

On Monday the building of a plank walk, to extend from Mrs. John O. Mouton's store, on Washington street, to the Methodist church, will be begun.

 Mr. F. R. Parkerson returned home last Monday, after an absence of several months in the North, and has resumed duties as cashier and assistant manager of the Moss Business Emporium.

 "It is an ill wind that blows nobody any good," The heavy rain of Tuesday washed off our streets and cleaned out our ditches, and consequently improved the sanitary conditions of our town.

  The steamer Mary Rose was prevented by low water from making her regular trips between Abbeville and Lafayette for a few weeks past; but now, since the recent hydraulic pressure we have had, she will be found on hand as usual. 

 The familiar and ever pleasant and welcome faces of our drummer friends are again seen among us this week. They tell us that their business relations and operations in this parish are most satisfactory and agreeable.

 Mr. John F. Bowen, of the Southern Pacific Railroad, is to be married to Miss Celika Gueriniere Bienvenue, of St. Martinville, Monday, November 3rd. We congratulate him, and are highly pleased at the prospective addition of one St. Martin's fair daughters to our society here.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/25/1890.


 From the Lafayette Advertiser of October 25th, 1879:

Mail Service Abominable.

 During the past two weeks the mail service between this place and New Orleans has been abominable in its regularity. The stages from New Iberia have come through on time, but either brought no mail at all, or mail is 24 hours behind time. The fault is not with the contractors of the overland route, but with the Teche steamboats.

 It would appear that Mr. Pharr is taking advantage of the relaxation of the rules by the Post Office Department on account of yellow fever and quarantines, and is running his boats with the least regard for schedule time.

 We hope some of the Postal agents or authorities will pay some attention to this and enforcement fines, or it that is being done let the fines be so increased in amounts that it will be to the interest of the steamboats to deliver the mail with some regularity.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/25/1879.

District Court.

 The District Court opened Monday. The Grand Jury was impaneled - Mr. Gabriel Dunbau being appointed foreman.

 The civil docket was called Tuesday morning and nearly all the cases continued by consent.

 During the week several persons who had made their declaration of intention of becoming citizens were admitted to take the final oath and naturalized.

 Thursday evening the Grand Jury submitted a partial report, in which is contained 'a true bill' against Jim and Toussaint for the murder of Joseph Dupuy, and a number of 'not true bills' in several assault and battery case and petty charges. In this the Grand Jury have followed their own good sense and the wise charge of the Judge - that is, they declined to send parties before court for trial and put the parish to great expense, without a reasonable hope of securing a conviction and of some good purpose being served by a conviction. In this way they have the moral support of the whole country. Lafayette Advertiser 10/25/1879.

Parish Politics.

 The Democratic Parish Executive Committee of this parish held a meeting last Saturday and with the exception of appointments made for mass meetings, we have not been furnished with the proceedings.

 The Parish Committees or Conventions ought to take some action immediately looking to the nomination of a Democratic candidate for the State Senate from this District.

 This is in reality a Democratic district and it will be shameful not to return to a Democratic Senator.

 Lafayette Parish can give four of five hundred majority at least, to any Democratic candidate who may be named. So far no candidate from this parish is spoken of and in all probability none will be offered. Our Parish committee has already named a delegate to the District Convention. Now let Iberia and St. Martin do likewise and present us a good man to elect. Lafayette Advertiser 10/25/1879.


The Holirith keypunch was used to tabulate 1890 Census. Total population was 62,947,714. - From Wikipedia.

 The work of the Census Bureau is now so far completed that it has seen fit to issue a preliminary estimate of the total population of the country. This estimate places the population at 63,231,428, which is smaller than earlier estimates, as it was believed that the figure would prove more than 65,000,000, and some estimates as high as 68,000,000 and 70,000,000 were advanced.

 The figures of the census bureau are, therefore, disappointing, as the increase for the decade, though large, has not been as great as had been anticipated.  *  *  *  Of course, it is possible that the final count may modify figures now issued by the Census Bureau, but it is not believed that the last figures will show any material difference.

 The figure arrived at by the census officials represents an increase of a little over 26 per cent for the decade 1880-90, which, compared with the increase of 30.08 per cent, for the decade 1870-1880, is not as satisfactory as had been anticipated. The percentage of increase is, in fact, the smallest for any decade since the first census was taken, with the single exception of the decade 1860-70, which included the period of the civil war. - From the N. O. Picayune and in the Lafayette Advertiser 10/25/1890. 

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