From the Lafayette Advertiser of October 28th, 1903:
At the Court-house Saturday Night - Prof. J. B. Aswell and Dr. C. C. Kramer, the Speakers of the Evening.
Large and Enthusiastic Audience Present.
Prof. Aswell Captures the Entire Audience With His Splendid Talk on Education.
Not withstanding the coolness of the evening the court house was filled to its utmost capacity Saturday night on the occasion of the grand educational rally in honor of Prof. J. B. Aswell, candidate for State Superintendent of Education. The audience was a representative one from all parts of the parish, and throughout the meeting testified intense interest in the subject. Many ladies were present, and by their close attention showed their sympathy and approval off the object of the meeting. Quite a number of visitors from neighboring towns were among the audience.
At a few minutes after eight o'clock Dr. E. L. Stephens called the meeting to order and requested Judge Julian Mouton to act as chairman. He accepted and in a brief, but happy manner, explained the purpose of the meeting, paying a high tribute to Prof. Aswell and the cause he represents. At the close of Judge Mouton's remarks, which were cheered again and again, children from the Primary school sang with sweet voices the beautified hymn, America, which also evoked great applause.
Judge Mouton then introduced Rev. Dr. C. C. Kramer, who began by stating that he never took part in political meetings, but that whenever the cause of education or any other which would contribute to the happiness and welfare of mankind needed his aid, or he could lend his assistance, he was ever ready to take an active part. In a few well chosen words he spoke of education its value to the people and its uplifting force, and then speaking at length of Prof. Aswell and his candidacy, uttered the following and striking true words. "He is one called from the people by the people to do the people a potential service". In this sentence is summed up the man and the hour. Rev. Dr. Kramer in a skillful manner showed how our nation through its 127 years of existence has taken thousands upon thousands of immigrants of various nationalities within its borders and yet is a united and strong nation in great contrast to Austro-Hungary with its various tongues and divided purpose. "The magic that had wrought so wondrously in America is the spirit of freedom, which is the beautiful offspring of education". Dr. Kramer held the attention of his audience throughout and was frequently heartily applauded. Before closing he stated that the reason he supported Prof. Aswell for office was, "Because of all citizens, he is best equipped for the office", which is the very best of reasons, and should be the sentiment of every citizen in giving his support to a candidate.
The Sontag Band was to have played during the meeting, but owing to the unavoidable absence of four members they could not do so. Dr. G. A. Martin in his usual happy manner explained the situation to the audience.
The Industrial Institute Glee Club sang a fine selection which brought a storm of applause. Judge Mouton then arose to introduce Prof. Aswell. As Prof. Aswell came forward he was greeted in the most enthusiastic manner. It was some little time before Judge Mouton could make his short introductory speech.
Prof. Aswell began by relating an audience anecdote which paid a neat compliment to Lafayette parish and evoked appreciative applause. He then spoke of Lafayette parish, its great reputation because of its wide awakeness educationally and paid a tribute to the good men and women of the town and parish who have been and are laboring so well and faithfully in the great cause, the supreme need of the South, of the nation. He bade the people not rest, but keep up the good work, for there are many things needed yet, and first is a $50,000 school building in the center of Lafayette. When he mentioned a $50,000 school building, the applause was deafening, every single, solitary person in the roomed seemed intent on emphasizing his or her absolute and unqualified approbation. He paid a high compliment to the Industrial School and prophesied a glorious future for it, and that it would stand a monument to the people that built it, shedding blessings upon generations unborn.
Coming to the question of his candidacy Prof. Aswll said, "The man who asks for your suffrage should answer three questions: "Who is he? what does he know? what can he do?", and then answered them in his case in a frank and manly way. "I am a farmers boy from North Louisiana and worked on a farm till I was fifteen, when I resolved to adopt teaching as a profession that I might do my humble part in lifting the mists of ignorance that are blighting our fair State". He then told of his efforts to prepare himself and modestly spoke of the success which has come to him, which answers the second question. As to the third, he could only answer in part by pledging in his heart, his life, his energy to the children of the State. He stated that he was no politician, that he did not discuss politics, but he wouldn't state "that the life and death of the State depends on education".
Turning to the ladies, he said he was glad to see so many present, that they understood children, their intimate knowledge of them fitted to appreciate the need and kind of education which was best for the child, and that if women could vote, there would be a school house and a beautiful one on every hill. He then paid a compliment to the old timers who believe that education like they received is good enough for the children of the present. "Oh, yes; they believe there has been progress in science and art, but none would prefer the mule wagon to the locomotive, nor the mail rider to the telegraph. No, progress is all right except in schools. But fortunately such people are in the vast minority, and the wave of educational awakening is moving with giant strides across our beautiful Louisiana".
He spoke of the vast resources and incalculable advantages of the State; but "they are dead without intelligence". And here he stated that even in early years he noticed that by some mysterious force wealth flowed into the possession of the intelligent, and the conception of this truth made him willing to lay aside his pleasant home life, the dear association of the boys and girls of the Ruston Industrial Institute, and take up the heavy duties of the office of State Superintendent, that he might aid in placing that means of intelligence into the hands of every boy and girl. He seeks no personal gain, no notoriety, no material wealth; he simply wants to do service for the children of Louisiana - this is why he desires the office.
In the brief extracts we have given of Prof. Aswell's speech we have hardly done justice to the splendid talk he gave. It merely indicates the drift of his remarks. He made no campaign speech, it was a magnificent plea for education, and he brought himself in only to ask that he might do his part in the noble cause. His talk was like the man, strong, forceful and modest. At the close of his speech children from the High School sang that inspiring song for every Southern heart, Dixie, which closed the program. Before leaving, the audience, which was completely captured by Prof. Aswell, waited to shake hands with him.
Prof. Aswell left for home on the early morning train in order to be at his post of duty Monday morning. Lafayette Advertiser 10/28/1903.
Death of Mrs. C. O. Mouton.
The death of Mrs. C. O. Mouton, which sad event occurred Thursday afternoon, Oct. 22, came as a great shock to the entire community. While it was known that Mrs. Mouton was ill, none suspected anything of a serious nature. Mrs. Mouton, was the daughter of the late Judge Eraste Mouton, and was a lady of many estimable qualities, possessing in a high degree those charming attributes that won for her the warm and lasting regard of a wide circle of friends. In her home life she was a devoted wife and mother. She was a devout member of the Catholic church, and lived a true christian life, full of kind and charitable deeds.
Her husband, three children, her mother and several brothers and sisters survive her. Funeral services were held in St. John's Catholic church at 9:3o Friday morning, Rev. Father Crozier officiating, and the remains were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery. An immense concourse of friends attended the funeral.
The Advertiser joins with the many friends in extending sincere sympathy to the bereaved family. Lafayette Advertiser 10/28/1903.
Poor Telephone Service.
There is a great deal of dissatisfaction over the service being rendered by the Cumberland Telephone Company, which in the main seems to be caused by the poor equipment placed here. The Company advertises first class service, and certainly we have a right to expect first class service. There is no disposition on the part of The Advertiser to complain unnecessarily, but in the present instance there are plenty of grounds for complaint, and we merely call attention to the poor service here with the hope that the Company will promptly take the matter up and give Lafayette as good service as is given anywhere.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/28/1903.
Bought Out His Partner. - Wm. Neveu has bought out the interest of his partner, Ed. H. Mouton, in the grocery business conducted by them, and has moved his stock into the building on Main street near R. H. Broussard & Co's store. He has a complete stock of fresh, up-to-date groceries, and will deliver orders promptly to all parts of town.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/28/1903.
Appointed Jailer. - Mr. Albert P. Labbe, son of Mr. A. A. Labbe of Broussardville, has been appointed jailer, in place of Chief Deputy Albert Trahan, who has served so well and efficiently. Mr. Labbe's appointment became necessary in order to allow Mr. Trahan more time for his other duties.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/28/1903.
Enlarged His Store. In order to meet the requirements of his business, T. M. Biossat, the Jeweler, has increased the size of his store about twenty feet and his having his store painted. Laf. Advertiser 10/28/1903.
Building Active. - Building continues active. There are a number of new houses well under way, and our local carpenters are all busy. The demand for rent houses continues steady and available houses do not meet the demand. There is no boom, but Lafayette is constantly and steadily growing.
Laf. Advertiser 10/28/1903.
A Special Invitation.
The Mouton-Gardner Chapter, U. D. C., wish to invite the Gen. Frank Gardner Camp, No. 580, and the public in general to attend a lecture by Mrs. Thos. B. Pugh, State President, Louisiana Division U. D. C., on Wednesday evening, Oct. 28, at 8 p. m., at the Industrial Institute Auditorium. No admission fee.
MISS AIMEE R. MOUTON, President.
MRS. O. T. FORD, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/28/1903.
The soil of Lafayette parish will raise almost anything. Another proof of it is some immense peanuts raised by Mr. Geo. Beadle on his place near town. They are an exhibition in The Advertiser window and are a sight worth seeing. Lafayette Advertiser 10/28/1903.
Two excursion trains, consisting of twenty-four cars including the two baggage cars, passed through here Wednesday night. They were filled with Illinois people from the neighborhood of Decatur. Some have come South to look after interests which they have here, and others are prospecting.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/28/1903.
A LAFAYETTE BOY,
Picked Out of the Whole List of Army Officers To Serve as General Corbin's Aid in New York - Captain James A. Moss Selected on His Record.
[N. O. Picayune, Oct. 23.]
Captain James Alfred Moss, Twenty-fourth Infantry, has been detailed to serve as aid-de-camp on the staff of Major General Corbin, when the latter assumes command of the Department of the East, next Monday. Captain Moss is a native of Louisiana and was appointed to West Point from that State. The Evening Star, recognized here as the Administration organ, says this evening regarding the appointment in a display article.
"This detail was made by the Secretary of War, at the request of General Corbin, and was based entirely upon the efficiency record of Captain Moss, which is one of the best on file in the Department. General Corbin has no personal acquaintance with Captain Moss beyond a casual meeting on official business, several years ago. Although entitled to three aids, General Corbin has decided to try to get along with one, and for that reason asked for the best one could find".
Captain Moss is a native of Louisiana, and was graduated from the Military Academy in the Class of 1894. For four years he was attached to the Twenty-fifth Infantry, and for two years to the Twenty-fourth Infantry. From March, 1900, to February, 1901, he served as Regimental Commissary, and after a few months' service with the Twenty-seventh Infantry he was transferred back to the Twenty-fourth Infantry. In the summer of 1897 he commanded a bicycle expedition from Fort Missoula, Mont., to St. Louis, and in May, 1898, he was on detached service, conveying the first Spanish prisoners of war from Key West to Fort McPherson, Ga.
He participated in the campaign of Santiago de Cuba, and was recommended for a brevat of Captain for skill and efficiency and bravery at El Caney and throughout the campaign. In the spring of 1899 he was on detached service in command of the troops guarding the Sequoia and the General Grant National Parks, and in the following summer accompanied his regiment to the Philippines, where he served creditably until July, 1902, when he returned to the United States. He was with General Lawton on his last March, and participated in the capture of Arayat. He reached the grade of Captain in February, 1901, and for some time past has served as Adjutant of the Twenty-fourth Infantry. His station is Fort Harrison, Montana, but at present he is engaged with his regiment at the maneuvers at Fort Riley, Kansas. Lafayette Advertiser 10/28/1903.
Another Candidate For Lt. Gov.
Judge Allen Barksdale, of Lincoln parish, formerly announced his candidacy for lieutenant governor in New Orleans Saturday night. He will run independent of other candidates and on a platform of anti-bossism, honest government and better education. Lafayette Advertiser 10/28/1903.
SHOULD BE DONE.
We reprint in this issue a communication from Dr. F. J. Mayer, which appeared in The Lafayette Gazette Oct. 21, in which he urges upon the people of the parish the necessity for preparing and sending an exhibit to the St. Louis Fair. The communication should be carefully read and some action taken promptly to carry out his suggestion.
Lafayette parish is one of the choice spots of the earth, its soil is fertile, its climate delightful, and its harvests bountiful and certain. Every condition to make an ideal dwelling place for man is present in this favored Attakapas country, and an exhibit from this parish properly prepared and placed at the World's Fair will tell the story to the multitude who will gather there from all parts of the earth. And we want them to know it; for we have opportunities all about us waiting to yield rich returns, and only lying fallow until the fair prince, Capital, shall come along and with his magic wand touch the bloom of wealth that it may blossom into the flower of ease and prosperity. This Prince Capital is shy and timid, and if we want him, we must make our welcome warm and our bidding insistent and inviting.
Our parish is small; but there is room here in plenty for good men, men of character and means, who will help us to make of this nature favored spot the best and fairest in the South. Such men are desirable from every point of view, and we should all strive to induce them to settle among us.
This opportunity to advertiser the parish at the World's Fair opens the way for the first effective steps in this direction, and our Business Men's Association is the proper body to make the move. The expense connected with this exhibit will be small and the results large; all that is needed is intelligent and active effort, and this can be easily had if only the matter be seriously taken and vigorously taken up. Lafayette Advertiser 10/28/1903.
Here is that letter from Dr. Mayer:
To the Press of Lafayette:
Gentlemen: - Will you kindly call your readers' attention to the fact that Dr. William C. Stubbs, State Commissioner for Louisiana of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, Mo., in 1904, has been for months engaged in preparing an exhibit from Louisiana that not only will do credit to the State, but will be the finest agricultural exhibit from the finest State of the Union. No man in the United States is better qualified to do this than Dr. Stubbs, to whom the State is under lasting indebtedness for advancing in every way possible her agricultural interests. The Doctor, who has a very warm spot in his heart for this parish on account of the interest always shown by the Police Juries and the farmers in the annual Farmer's Institutes and in the cause of education, has frequently expressed the hope that the parish would contribute her quota of the fruits of the earth, and take advantage of this invaluable opportunity to advertise the parish's resources.
It must be apparent to every reasonable mind if every individual would inundate his office with samples of cotton, corn, etc., that he would require an extra force just to handle the products of one parish. It is a great pity that the committee on parish fairs, appointed by the last Farmer's Institute to hold a parish fair in accordance with the suggestion of Major Lee, State Commissioner of Agriculture and Immigration never met and organized, nor took steps to hold said fairs; because it would have afforded the managers an opportunity of collecting the exhibits that had drawn premiums and forwarding them to St. Louis. But as it is no use of crying over spilt milk, I would suggest that the business men of Lafayette, through their Board of Trade, invite their clientelle throughout the parish to send in specimens of their best corn, cotton, rice, sweet potatoes, hay, peanuts, syrup, cane, and any other of the fruits of the earth that can be handled conveniently and kept, offering a small honorarium or blue ribbon or same, and picking out the best and forwarding them to St. Louis, if up to the standard of exhibits. Dr. Stubbs would like the loan of a four to five hundred pound bale of perfectly clean, upland prairie cotton, which he will have covered with silk and bound in brass hoops, with the details as to the amount made per acre, on soil fertilized or not, as the case may be. This bale will be returned to owner or placed in the hands of a commission merchant for sale after the close of a commission merchant for sale after the close of the exposition.
The cotton exhibit from Louisiana will be one of the features of the occasion, and will include a magnificent figure of King Cotton in his flowing robes. The sugar exhibit will include a heroic figure of Louisiana in crystallized sugar already made and now steeping in cold storage, awaiting the opening next May. The sulphur output of the State will include a statue of Mephistopheles, in the classic portrayal in Faust.
It is to be hoped that the Anse la Butte oil field will not lose this chance of letting the outside world know that we have a high grade of aromatic petroleum at our doors. Mr. Alex Mouton will send a fine exhibit of sirop de batterie; all the farmers should follow suit, and in this way create a market at fancy figures for a table product that sells for a ridiculously low figure from November to February, and then is not obtainable in quantities to supply the trade until the new crop comes in. If the same amount of energy was displayed by the syrup makers of the parish that the McIlhenny sauce people display. Lafayette battery syrup would fetch $1.00 per gallon. As it is, the consuming public have to content themselves with corn syrup treated with sulfuric acid and black centrifugal, chemicalized and sold in attractive tins, right in the spot where cane syrup is made.
The tobacco growers should also be heard from. There are spots in this parish where the finest perique and cigar stock can be grown. I trust you will continue agitating this matter in the columns of your respective papers until a handsome exhibit is secured, and, at least, a bale of cotton. The progressive cotton planters in every parish of the State have responded with the loan of a bale except Lafayette and St. Martin and Dr. Stubbs already has on hand enough to make a mighty pyramid of bales, bound in silk and brass bands, to serve as a pedestal for King Cotton. Is Lafayette, which ought to be the chief stone in the edifice, going to be left out at her volition? Cannot the business men of Lafayette take the initiative; as herein indicated, and send down a bale together with samples of the best corn, cane, tobacco, syrup, hay, alfalfa, lerpediza, crab, gazzon, cotton and its products, and Anse la Butte oil, pure and solidified by the Bruck process, which will exhibit a heat efficiency of 20,000 heat units, as against 14,000 heat units in the best anthracite coal, and this fact if advertised at the exposition, will be a determining factor in locating manufacturing plants in and around Lafayette.
I trust that you will continue to agitate this matter continuously until the public awakens to a realizing sense of the unrivaled advertising facilities which Dr. Stubbs is anxious to extend this section.
FRED J. MAYER.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/28/1903.
That is Not Given - Not an Offensive or Improper Feature in the Whole Show.
The Sells & Downs Circus, which comes to Lafayette, Wednesday, Nov. 4, is a show off the highest class and clean in every respect. It represents all that there is of legitimate worth in circus business. It is in charge of men who aspire to elevate the tone and purify the atmosphere of the calling, and we believe the thousands who have attended the performances up to the highest professional artistic standard, the menagerie, large and varied, and the trained animals of the best, but there is not in connection with the Sells & Downs Show a single one of those discreditable and demoralizing features which have done so much to give the circus a bad name, and to discourage the true friends of that otherwise wholesome form of amusement. The managers of the Sells & Downs Show keep all their promises, advertising nothing they do not expect to give, and carefully divest their performances of anything and everything calculated to offend the most fastidious. We are sure that the verdict of the citizens will be more favorable. Remember the date, Wednesday Nov. 4. Lafayette Advertiser 10/28/1903.
The Advertiser believe that whenever public officials have well performed the duties entrusted to them by the people, appreciation of their services should be expressed, and for that reason we take great pleasure in stating that a large majority of the people of this parish highly appreciate the generous way in which the Police Jury has treated the public schools in the past. Every friend of education, and they are few indeed in this parish who are not, commend those members of that body who have at all times championed the cause of the children and given every cent to them that could be spared.
The budget committee who will report to the Jury at its meeting next Thursday have set aside $7,000 for the schools. The gentlemen on this committee are thoroughly in sympathy with the present needs of the public schools and recognize that the matter of highest importance to the people of this parish is education. It is hardly necessary to say that they have public sentiment with them. The people of the parish are thoroughly in earnest about giving their children every advantage possible, and they are willing to pay for it. When the budget is submitted to the Jury, we believe that that body will promptly adopt it, and if possible even increase the amount for the schools; for a majority of the Jury are real friends of education and are heartily in accord with the cause.
To these gentlemen The Advertiser wishes to extend its thanks in behalf of the children of the parish for their past efforts, and hopes to have the pleasure of saving in its next issue that the Police Jury UNANIMOUSLY and GENEROUSLY remembered the little ones who look to us for light. Lafayette Advertiser 10/28/1903.
The Woman's Literary Club held an interesting meeting at Mrs. J. A. Martin's Saturday. After the transaction of business the following program was carried out.
Life of Lowell ... Mrs. B. Clegg.
Selections from Bigelow - Papers ... Miss L. Gladu.
Vision of Sir Launfal ... Mrs. J. I. Hulse.
Among My Books ... Mrs. V. L. Roy.
The Club meets again Nov. 7 with Mrs. J. L. Kennedy. Lafayette Advertiser 10/28/1903.
The assessment rolls for the town have have been completed by Messrs. Charles Debaillon and F. V. Mouton. The total assessment is $1,028,203.00. The taxes collectible are: General fund, $7,712.63; waterworks and electric light plant, $5,141.93; Industrial School fund, $2,056.08; total revenue of corporation $14,910.64. Lafayette Advertiser 10/28/1903.
Louisiana World's Fair Notes.
Louisiana's "Rice Kitchen" promises to be one of the attractive features at the World's Fair.
The Cabildo at the World's Fair will be furnished throughout with furniture of the time of the 18th century.
Louisiana's rice exhibit in the Palace of Agriculture at the World's Fair will occupy 2,000 square feet.
Louisiana will occupy 7,000 square feet of floor space in Palace of Agriculture at the World's Fair.
A life-size statue of Lot's wife, chiseled from a solid block of rock salt, will be a unique feature of Louisiana's mineral exhibit at the World's Fair.
Louisiana was awarded a choice site for her State building on the Plateau of the States at the World's Fair. It is west of the Missouri building and near the United States Government building.
Louisiana has an allotment of 2,000 square feet in the Palace of Horticulture at the World's Fair. The exhibit will embrace all the best in fruits, palms, ferns, shrubs and cut flowers.
In the Palace of Transportation at the World's Fair, the Louisiana commission will show models of the boats of the past and present used in the lower Mississippi river and of ocean steamers and pleasure yachts.
In the Cabildo, reproduced at the World's Fair as Louisiana's State Pavilion, may be seen the original stocks and implements of torture used by the Spaniards on their prisoners when Spain was in possession of the territory.
Five thousand square feet of floor space in the Palace of Forestry, Fish and Game at the World's Fair were required to properly show the State's wealth in forestry. The forests of the State contain 70 varieties of trees of commercial value.
Louisiana's State pavilion at the World's Fair is a replica of the historic Cabildo at New Orleans as it appeared in 1803. It was in this building that the treaty between France and the United States, conveying the Louisiana territory to this country was signed 100 years ago.
A relief map of Louisiana, 10 by 15 feet, will be displayed in Louisiana's State pavilion at the World's Fair. It will show accurately the topography of the State, the area devoted to sugar, cotton, rice and other crops, and the railways and waterways. Supplementing the map will be photographs of typical farms and Louisiana scenery.
One of Louisiana's prominent features in the Palace of Agriculture at the World's Fair will be a model sugar house. All the modern apparatus arranged along the lines of the most approved methods will enter into the display. All the products of sugar cane will be shown, and commercial grades of all syrups, sugar and molasses will be displayed.
Besides making a fine display in the Palace of Horticulture at the World's Fair, Louisiana's State commission will do much landscape gardening in the grounds surrounding the replica of the Cabildo. There will be planted magnificent palms, shrubs and flowers from Louisiana. The work will be superintended by D. Newham, a practical landscape gardener.
Louisiana will make a highly creditable exhibit in the Palace of Education at the World's Fair at St. Louis. The public school exhibit will be very complete, private schools will contribute largely, and the industrial institutes are making extensive collections of the products of their workshops. The State University, Tulane University and the Sophie Newcomb College are arranging for extensive representation in the State's display. The State Normal school will show its methods of training teachers. The Institute for the Blind and the Deaf and Dumb Institute will have creditable exhibits. Prof. Brown Ayers, of Tulane University will have charge of the educational exhibits. Lafayette Advertiser 10/28/1903.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 10/28/1903.
Owing to an accident to the machinery at the power house, the electric light service cannot be furnished until repairs are made.
Miss Virginia Marsh, a charming young society lady of Alexandria, is the guest of Mrs. T. M. Biossat.
Miss Lelia DeBlanc, who has been employed in the sheriff's office for several months, left Thursday for New Orleans to spend some time with her sister.
Mr. and Mrs. Martial Billeaud Sr., of Broussard, attended the funeral of Mrs. Chas. O. Mouton, Friday.
Mrs. John O. Mouton and little granddaughter, Yolande, left for a short visit to New Orleans Thursday.
The marriage of Mr. Jos. A. Lacoste and Miss Clara Hebert has been announced to take place in November.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/28/1903.
From the Lafayette Gazette of October 28th, 1899:
Board of Health Considers Cases of Smallpox in the Sixth Ward of This Parish.
Lafayette, Oct. 25, 1899 - The Board of Health pursuant to call the president with the following members present:
G. Delaurel, H. D. Guidry, R. O. Young, U. Prejean and Messrs. J. O. Broussard and D. A. Cochrane. Absent: L. G. Breaux and Jasper Spell.
Dr. Delaurel explained the object of the meeting to be the consideration of several cases of smallpox reported by Dr. Prejean in the Northern part of the parish. By request Dr. Prejean explained the situation, declaring one positive case and several suspicious cases.
By motion Dr. Prejean was empowered to establish and equip a detention camp if necessary and employ a physician to assist him in the treatment of patients and the flagging of all infected points. Drs. Lessley and J. P. Francez were requested to assist Dr. Prejean in the isolation of affected persons and in preventing the spread of the pest. Dr. Prejean was also empowered to employ guards and nurses should the occasion require it.
Lafayette Gazette 10/28/1899.
Held at Pilette to Nominate an Anti-Administration Ticket.
In response to a call inviting all men opposed to the local administration from 150 to 200 people met at Pilette last Saturday to nominate a ticket.
The meeting had been much talked about and widely advertised and no doubt the small attendance was a disappointment to the promoters. Among those present were some persons who had gone there to see what was going on as was evident from the fact that they did not participate in the proceedings. Hon. J. O. Broussard was selected to preside. Upon taking the chair Mr. Broussard explained the object of the meeting in a short address.
The only nomination which was contested for was the one for sheriff. For this official there were two names presented - those of Mr. L. G. Stelly and Mr. Paul Martin of the sixth ward. This developed into quite an animated fight. Messrs. Crow Girard, W. B. Torian and J. O. Broussard supported Mr. Stelly while Messrs. Latiolais, Cochrane and Domengeaux advocated the claims of Mr. Martin. A vote was taken and Mr. Martin was declared the choice of the meeting.
For the other offices there were no contestants. Hon. J. O. Broussard and Dr. J. P. Francez were nominated for representatives, Mr. Gilbert St. Julien for clerk and Dr. A. Gladu for coroner.
It was decided to postpone action relative the judicial ticket. It was reported that Messrs. Crow Girard and R. W. Elliot would be candidates for district attorney and an interesting fight was expected among the supporters of the two gentlemen.
No nominations of ward officers were made, and the meeting adjourned without adopting any resolutions.
Speeches were made by Dr. Gladu, Messrs. Crow Girard, L. G. Stelly, J. O. Broussard, R. H. Broussard, Gilbert St. Julien and others. Mr. St. Julien made a well-worded speech. This young gentleman is a fluent speaker and from a literary standpoint his effort was very creditable.
The nominees are good men and The Gazette regrets that they have offered themselves for political slaughter.
Lafayette Gazette 10/28/1899.
Meeting of Executive Committee.
Lafayette, La., Oct. 26, 1899.
The Democratic Parish Executive Committee is hereby called to meet at the court-house at Lafayette, on Thursday, the 2nd day of November, 1899, at 10 o'clock a. m., for the purpose of providing the means of holding the Democratic primary election fixed by the judicial committees of the parishes of Acadia and Lafayette for Saturday, December 9, 1899. The committee is also called to adopt the means by which the parish and ward officers shall be nominated, and to take such action as may be necessary on all other questions which may come before said committee.
Chairman Democratic Executive Committee.
Lafayette Gazette 10/28/1899.
To Nominate a Judicial Ticket - Both Parishes Agree at Rayne.
A committee composed of Messrs Julian Mouton, E. G. Voorhies, I. A. Broussard, Wm. Campbell and A. M. Martin went to Rayne last Tuesday to meet a similar body appointed by the Acadia committee. The purpose of the meeting was to decide upon the time and manner of nominating a judicial ticket for the Democracy.
Judge Julian Mouton was elected chairman of the conference and Mr. P. S. Pugh, secretary. As the members from both parishes favored by nominations by a direct primary there was no difficulty in reaching an agreement which was mutually satisfactory. The following resolutions were unanimously adopted:
Rumors had been circulated by misguided persons that the Lafayette Democracy would favor a convention which would, under the population basis of representation, enable this parish to dictate both judicial nominations. These rumors were given credence by people who were evidently not familiar with the characteristic fairness of the Regular Democracy of Lafayette parish. The Democrats of this parish were among the first in the State to advocate primaries and The Gazette felt confident that at the proper time they would give a complete refutation of the charge that they were opposed to this most just method of getting the popular will.
The Gazette is informed that both factions of the Acadia Democracy were pleased with the result of the conference, and that they expressed their intention to support Hon. C. Debaillon for judge. They have not yet decided on a candidate for district attorney. Lafayette Gazette 10/28/1899.
At Falk's Hall.
The musical entertainment given at Falk's hall on Oct. 20, by the ladies of the Methodist church, was a success. It was very liberally patronized by our people and the character of the entertainment was highly creditable to the local amateurs of the histrionic stage. An audience which was numerically strong and fully capable of appreciating good music and fine singing responded to the invitation of the ladies. Everyone did well and helped sustain Lafayette's enviable reputation as a center of art and culture. Miss Lizzie Mudd's execution of a solo on the piano was splendid. Miss Isaure McDaniel acquitted herself with credit in the recitation of the "Supposed Speech of Regulus." Miss Marthe Mouton sang with much melody and received merited applause. Miss Sontag, the gifted musician, treated the audience to an excellent selection on the violin. Mrs. S. R. Olliphant, of New Orleans, who is visiting in Lafayette, volunteered her services and contributed in a great measure to the success of the entertainment. Her recitations were rendered with perfect ease, her gestures and manner of expression showing a marked degree of proficiency. Her very droll impersonation of a timid school girl and of the lassie who was not afraid of the footlights afforded much amusement. Dr. F. E. Girard sang and acted just like the Italian fruit vendor and organ grinder. His singing was quite a feature of the entertainment. The recitation of "The Marble Dream" by Mrs. Crow Girard was well done. James Davidson's performance with the violin was greatly enjoyed by all lovers of good music, and all were delighted to hear the sweet voice of Miss Lucille Revillon who never fails to please. The "Bachelor's Dream" amused everybody. That unmated member of the community was shown in a very embarrassing predicament. Divers and sundry kinds of sweetness were thrown at him in solid chunk's, but true to the proverbial instinct of the brute he repelled the assaults of Cupid's arrows with a frigid indifference.
Lafayette Gazette 10/28/1899.
The Lafayette Refinery which has been put in first-class shape during the summer season started to grind last Monday and has been running without interruption since that day. The company has contracted for a great deal of cane and the mill will run longer than it did last year. Lafayette Gazette 10/28/1899.
Moving to Napoleonville.
Mr. and W. A. Clark will leave Sunday for Napoleonville where they will remain permanently, Mr. Clark having been appointed conductor of the branch road which runs from Thibodeaux to Napoleonville. Lafayette Gazette 10/28/1899.
Church is Better.
Young Harry Church, who received rather painful injuries in an accident some time ago, is still confined to his bed. We hope that he will soon be out among the his friends. Lafayette Gazette 10/28/1899.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of October 28, 1899:
FOR THE PUBLIC GOOD.
Pursuant to advertisement and call a mass meeting and Barbecue were held at Pilette Saturday Oct. 21, at 12 o'clock for the purpose of nominating a democratic ticket for the primaries to be ordered for the purpose of nominating a democratic ticket for the primaries to be ordered by the executive committee of the Parish of Lafayette.
The meeting was opened by Hon. Albert Guidry.
Hon. J. O. Broussard was nominated President, Hon. Albert Guidry, vice-President and H. A. Van der Cruyssen, secretary. After explaining the object of the meeting the nominations were then in order:
The good white people of Lafayette fulfilled their promise in nominating this ticket at Pilette Saturday. They pledged themselves to the world at large that this ticket would be one composed of men of honor, citizens of integrity and all tax-payers of Lafayette. No man dare touch the personnel of the ticket as they are all gentlemen "sans peur et sans reproche."
The people are clamoring for good government; they are demanding a change of administration; they are the dictators of their servants and they will attend to the election of those servants. - The "RING" is endeavoring its utmost in its last game of chance - the wheel pf popular will has gone back on it, business at the old stand is soon to be closed and once more the old Court house will find itself disinfected of the odious fumes of Fosterism.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/28/1899.
Registration and White Primaries.
A Primary election is the result of an agreement of the aspirants for preferment at the hands of the party to submit their names to a vote of the party to decide which shall become the candidate or party representative in the legal election. There has never been any legislative enactment legalizing or recognizing party primary elections. The excuse for their attempt is furnished by the following articles of the Constitution of 1898: -
Article 200 declares that "no person shall vote at any primary election, or in any convention, or other political assembly for the purpose of nominating any candidate for public office, unless he is at the time a registered voter. And in all political conventions in this State the appointments of, representation shall be on the basis of population."
Article 215 declares "the legislature shall enact laws to secure fairness in party primary elections, conventions, or other methods of naming party candidates." The Official Journal of the general assembly of 1898 makes proof that the power of the administration was not sufficient to coerce the legislature into this nefarious scheme. The legislature refused to carry these articles of the constitution into effect, and thus the matter stands. The article does not declare that the voter must be legally registered. That will scarcely be taken as an excuse for holding open the registration office without warrant or authority of law. Can there be any legal registry of voters without authority o law? Undeniably the question in answered in the negative - there can be no legal registry without authority of law. The question there arises by what authority and under what law the registration office is now open. Act 199 of 1898, the present registration law went into effect January 1st, 1899.
There can be no legal registry in Louisiana except in accordance with the provisions of this act. If then only registered voters are allowed to participate in the primaries, they must be registered in accordance with this law.
Section 34 declares that "no person should be permitted to register within 30 days of any election held in this State."
According to the official announcement, the registration office stands open until Dec. 20th, 1899. If this law is not respected the primaries can not be held until the latter part of January, 1900. If held after January, 1900, a new registration will be necessary. It appears, however, that they are strictly bound by such portions of the law as suit their convenience in their attempt to deprive many white tax payers of a voice in the selection of candidates; but are in no manner controlled by the State law governing the registration of voters when it conflicts with their interests. The people are patient and long suffering but the day of reckoning will come. Lafayette Advertiser 10/28/1899.
The Industrial School.
In regard to the Industrial School for which the people of this town and parish are striving, it is well to keep the situation in hand. Doubtless the matter will be decided in the course of the next two or three months, and hence it behooves us not to leave undone anything that might bring to the notice of the Board of Trustees, or impress upon them, the very superior and substantial advantages offered by this place for the location of this school.
It is unquestionably true that Lafayette is the geographical center of Southwest Louisiana ; it is equally true that it is the center of population of the same area, and by reason of this central location and its railroad facilities, it can be more conveniently and quickly reached by a larger number of people, than can any other point between New Orleans and Lake Charles on the one hand, or New Orleans and Alexandria upon the other.
In point of healthfulness, fertility and adaptability of soil to diverse farming we are safe.
But the people do not propose to stand upon these natural advantages, or adventitious circumstances, alone, to secure the location of the school at this point. They will offer other inducements for the Board of Trustees to consider ; they are wide awake to the necessity and importance of achieving what we believe now to be our common purpose. With this object in view, an important meeting of the Business Men's Association was held on Monday night last ; there was a good attendance and everybody showed the liveliest interest in the work. Definitive propositions for the advancement of the cause were put in motion, which are quite certain to produce important results in the near future. The location of this school among us, is the paramount issue before the people, and we are sure there exists in this parish and town that degree of patriotism and progressiveness which will subordinate every other consideration. There should be among us no mind or heart with any other thought or feeling than that this great and endowing good should at all cost be located among us, and we believe - there are none. Lafayette Advertiser 10/28/1899.
All Saints Day.
All Saints Day will be celebrated at St. John's Catholic Church as follows: First Mass at 7:30 a. m., High Mass at 9:30 a. m.
The Vespors of the Dead will be sung at 4 p. m.
A sermon will be preached at the afternoon services. Lafayette Advertiser 10/28/1899.
Theatrical Season Open.
The opening of the theatrical season at Falk's Opera House last Sunday proved to be a success both as to finances and attraction. Mr. Falk is to be congratulated on his effort to bring first class attractions for the amusement of the people of Lafayette.
Next attraction will be on Nov. 5th, 1899.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/28/1899.
Passion Play Was Electrifying.
The people of Lafayette were accorded a genuine treat last Tuesday and Wednesday nights of this week by the presentation of "The Passion Play," illustrated by electricity with the help of the newly invented Cinematograph, under the management of Prof. Trone ably assisted by Mr. Pitard.
This machine is beyond doubt a wonderful invention, the perfect and life like illuminations dazed the very large audience. The Advertiser takes pleasure in recommending the Cinematograph as giving not only a beautiful performance but fully instructive as well.
The proprietors are perfect gentlemen and deserve the patronage of the public.
The Passion Play as presented by Prof. Trone is the genuine one presented at the Winter School in New Orleans.
By special request they played 5 nights in Lafayette and the hall was packed each night to its fullest capacity. Lafayette Advertiser 10/28/1899.
One of the most fashionable entertainments given this year was the concert of last Friday for the benefit of the Methodist Church. The elite of Lafayette society participated and the affair was a most decided success from both social and financial sources. All the fair ladies taking part fulfilled their program admirably well. The sweet strains of the orchestra led by the accomplished Miss Sontag was also a prominent entertainment. Lafayette Advertiser 10/28/1899.
At the request of my many friends throughout the parish, I am a candidate for CORONER of this parish subject to the primary.
F. R. TOLSON
Lafayette Advertiser 10/28/1899.
We understand that assessor Martin and Mr. Onore Begnaud had a little fisticuff at Scott last week. - The trouble arose over some flaw in the registration. This is but an opening of what may be expected in the future.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/28/1899.
What Makes a Town?
There is a world of good advice in the following article taken from the Grocery Criterion, which can be followed with profit by a great many communities. In Charlevoix as elsewhere, there is a certain class of people which send to outside places for goods that can be purchased at home just as well.
The Criterion says:
The commercial spirit of a place is what makes and sustains a town. If farmers expect a good market for their produce, they must patronize their home merchants and not purchase their supplies of mail order-houses in far-away cities. The quickest way of depressing property, either real estate or personal, in any town, in fact, of killing the town, is for farmers and villagers to do their trading elsewhere.
A town must have the patronage of the surrounding country in order to maintain its prestige and position as commercial place. The growth of mail-order houses has been something remarkable in the past three or four years, and no one knows better than the country merchants how deeply they are cutting into the rural trade and depressing property value.
Instead of spending their money at home, where it helps to build up their town, people send their money to Chicago or elsewhere, under the delusion that they can buy the goods they need at wholesale prices, or as cheap as their dealer can, and thus save what they consider to be the middleman's profit. Granted, that they do obtain some things cheaper, we doubt if, upon the whole, they do any better by buying their stuff in Chicago than they would in securing it from their home or local merchants.
They expect their local merchants to take their butter, cheese, eggs, potatoes and other farm products, and pay them the highest market prices for them; but if they withhold their patronage from their local merchants, they cannot reasonably expect that their home dealers will do as well by them as they otherwise would. The local merchants cannot live without local patronage. They cannot keep up their stock and give credit to farmers, and pay their running expenses, unless they have the trade of the people in the towns in which they live and do business.
Merchants and farmers should patronize each other; should help each other; should feel a common interest in the weal of their town, if they expect to live in a prosperous community, have their town grow and their farm and village property increase in value. Lafayette Advertiser 10/28/1899.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 10/28/1899.
The Board of Health met last Wednesday.
John Vigneaux went to New Orleans last Tuesday.
Voters of Lafayette it is your solemn duty to register.
Miss Lea and brother Mr. Ls. G. Gladu spent last Sunday at Royville.
Dr. and Mrs. J. A. Martin spent last Sunday with their parents at Breaux Bridge.
F. F. Carter, the photographer is back from Opelousas where he established a branch of his business.
A concert will be given at Falk's Opera House on Nov. 11th, for the benefit of the Catholic Cemetery fund.
The Lafayette Sugar Refinery began grinding last Monday. The cane is short, but will doubtless yield a larger quantity of saccharine.
District Attorney L. C. Moise of Houma accompanied by his wife and four sons spent last Saturday and Sunday with their parents Dr. Gladu's family.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/28/1899.
From the Lafayette Gazette of October 28th, 1893:
LO ! THE POOR TRAMP.
The opportunity was offered The Gazette to note the manner in which those pariahs, - "tramps" - are made to work out a sentence inflicted by the authorities under the vagrant law.
They perform the laborious task of handling a spade or shovel or hoe, digging and shoveling and leveling the dirt on the streets.
They are given two meals a day, one at 9 o'clock a. m, and one at 2 o'clock p. m. Two o'clock in the evening to 9 o'clock next morning - 19 hours without food.
When taken into consideration that most of these "tourists" are unused to hard labor ; that they are in the habit - the most of them - of munching food several times a day, one can feel what must be their bodily fatigues and the gnawing pangs of hunger, when Night throws her mantle over Mother Earth.
And for what crime are these people condemned to labor so hard? Tramps ! Did they commit a breach of the peace of such a nature as to deserve such punishment ? Oh, yes ! they are tramps !
Let us admit that the majority are bad at heart and only want an opportunity to demonstrate it ? But surely all are not bad. Some of them must be only in hard luck. Would it not be following the Master's teaching to allow 99 bad ones, especially when no serious breach of the peace has been committed, to go, rather than one, whose only fault may be that misfortune has overtaken them, should be made to suffer ?
In seeing them labor for two days on the street in which our office is situated, we frankly confess that our sympathies went to them in the apparent misery.
The Gazette presents a plea for a mitigation of their hours of labor, three meals a day, and when the sentence expires. they be given 25 cents for every day they have worked upon the streets. We believe they earned it, and feel confident the general public will say they deserve it.
Now kind reader, when ready to look upon the "tramp" as some soul-less wretch that deserves severe punishment for being a tramp, let your condemnation be tempered with mercy. Lafayette Gazette 10/28/1893.
Sound Advice From the Gazette:
The Gazette tenders this unsolicited sound advice to that species of genus homo commonly denominated tramp, to keep away from this town unless he is prepared to labor on the streets a few days for two meals a day and free lodging. Lafayette Gazette 10/28/1893.
The Writing on the Wall.
We note with appreciation the continuous growth of the popularity of Sheriff Broussard of Lafayette. He stands on the top round of the ladder as an executive officer, and the people of Lafayette will keep him there. From the Rayne Ranger and in the Laf. Gazette 10/28/1893.
THE CITY PUBLIC SCHOOL.
The Lafayette Public school under the management of Prof. R. C. Greig, principal, and Miss Maggie Jamieson, assistant, has been in operation just two months, yet it is now taxed to its utmost capacity by the number of pupils in attendance. The register this month shows an enrollment of 55 boys and 25 girls, making a total of 80 pupils enrolled. While this does not represent the maximum enrollment attained by the school, it is sufficient to tax not only the capacity of a single room, 45 x 30 feet, but the united energies of the two zealous and painstaking teachers. The average attendance this fall has been much higher, and exhibits a marked improvement over the records of past terms. This may be taken as indicating an increased interest on the parts of parents and pupils, as well as evidencing the stimulus imparted by the agitation of the High School question. The school is in healthy and active growth, many of the pupils manifesting peculiar interest in their various studies. Progress seems the watchword of the institution. Lafayette Gazette 10/28/1893.
Swindling in Lafayette.
[From the N. O. Picayune.]
Superintendent D. S. Graser yesterday received a letter from Mr. H. L. Monnier of Lafayette, La., in which he expresses the belief that the man, B. Leslie, who was arrested here a few days ago on the charge of obtaining goods by false pretenses, was the same man who got Mrs. Monnier, on October 7, to pay him money. The man represented himself as an agent for the New York Fashion Company, and claimed to be from Houston, Texas, giving the number 49 as his letter box. The man was described as being small in stature, with dark complexion, black hair and mustache. He had a strange way of twisting his face. Mr. Monnier said if these two men were the same he would come to New Orleans in a few days. From the N. O. Picayune and in the Lafayette Gazette 10/28/1893.
A Splendid Appointment.
The Governor has appointed Mr. Alfred Hebert a member of our parish Police Jury from the third ward to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Mr. W. B. Torian.
The general opinion is that the Governor could not have made a better selection. Mr. Hebert is one of the most energetic and enterprising citizens in the parish of Lafayette. That he will be a valuable member in that body goes without saying. The Gazette congratulates the Governor in this wise appointment. Mr. Hebert, The Gazette salutes you. Lafayette Gazette 10/28/1893.
Much Cane Shipping.
An average of ten cars of cane are being daily shipped from the refineries from Lombard's switch. We understand the business of the railroad from Broussardville west to, and including Lake Charles is so great that the freight trains are kept moving quite lively. Lafayette Gazette 10/28/1893.
Work of Incendiary.
A special to the Times-Democrat from this town under date of the 24th instant, says : "Last night at 9 o'clock the rice stack in one of the rice fields of E. Van Klickstein, (The Gazette thinks Mr. A. von Kalckstein is meant) on the Long plantation, was set on fire. It was almost immediately discovered, which enabled Mr. Klickstein to save the biggest portion, but not before several stacks, containing about 150 barrels of fine Honduras rice, were destroyed. There is no doubt but that it was the work of an incendiary, as the stacks were put up early last week, and nobody was around or near there at work since. A reward will be offered for facts sufficient to convict the guilty party." Lafayette Gazette 10/28/1893.
Regulations Hurting Farmers.
The regulations of the railroads limiting the time to load cars to 24 hours including the night, which in reality amounts to about ten working hours, works a hardship on the small planters who are thus forced to go to more expenses that they can well afford to comply with order. Lafayette Gazette 10/28/1893.
Excursion to Salt Mines?
Would it not be a good idea for the Business Men's Association to run an excursion, say, from Washington to the Salt Mines, the profits accruing to go the High School Fund. A couple of hundred dollars, we believe, could be realized. Lafayette Gazette 10/28/1893.
One J. M. Shean was arrested by Marshal Vigneaux, on a charge of larceny committed in Iberia parish. When arrested Shean had $76 on his person, which he attempted to conceal from the officer. Shean was turned over to the Iberia authorities. Lafayette Gazette 10/28/1893.
To the Pen.
Sheriff Ike Broussard left last Sunday for Baton Rouge with a batch of prisoners for the penitentiary. He had, also, in charge the unfortunate Mrs. Lacobie, who is being taken to the lunatic asylum at Jackson. Lafayette Gazette 10/28/1893.
Lots of New Goods.
That enterprising merchant, Mr. B. Falk, comes to the front in this issue with an invitation to the public to visit his store, and look over the splendid lots of new goods that he has just bought from firms needing ready money, thereby securing some big bargains, and of which he intends to give his customers the benefit of in the way of as low prices as possible. Lafayette Gazette 10/28/1893.
A delightful and well attended birthday party was given at the hospitable home of Mrs. Sprole, last Tuesday, in honor of Miss Mary Sprole's 14th birthday. The Gazette hopes the young Miss will have ever so many happy returns of the day. Lafayette Gazette 10/28/1893.
Released From Future Obligations.
Messrs. Jos. Plonsky & Son, having made a surrender of all their property to their creditors, have been, by law, released from all future obligations in so far as the present creditors are concerned. The Gazette hopes that these gentlemen will soon be able to re-establish a mercantile business, in which the senior of the firm has been engaged for a long number of years, with fair success, until overcome by the late stringency in the money market, making impossible for them to make any collections. Lafayette Gazette 10/28/1893.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 10/28/1893.
The Gov. is somewhat slow in filling the vacancy existing in the city council. The Gazette fervently hopes that the appointee will be a man with a back bone of a Don Caffery.
The Gazette is pleased to note that Sheriff I. A. Broussard has made a final settlement with the auditor for the collection of taxes or 1892 and the 3rd quarter of 1893.
Under date of 22d instant, a gentleman from Mitchell, South Dakota; writes: "I am thinking of going to your city to locate. Will you kindly send me copy of your paper?" The request has been cheerfully complied with.
As soon as the question of the tariff is settled we expect to see active steps taken to land a refinery in this place.
Mr. H. L. Monnier has had an addition built to his store where on Sundays he keeps all kinds of fruits for sale.
That popular merchant, Mr. Leon Plonsky, has returned from New Orleans, where he purchased for spot cash, a large stock. Lafayette Gazette 10/28/1893.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of October 28th, 1893:
TRAMP MOVEMENTS UNDERWAY.
The movement of tramps this season apparently is directly the reverse of what it has been in the past. Heretofore they came southward and then moved on to Texas. Lately the "main army" were heard of at San Antonio, marching Eastward through Texas and during the week a brigade or two passed through here destined we suppose for New Orleans. - We said "marching" but aiming to speak "by the card" on all occasions we modify this statement to conform to the truth. Here it is as we heard it chanted by one of them ;
"A lot of de gang came to town.
Dey journeyed from a far
Dey road dead-head from San Antone
All on a rail road Kyar. - "
(Air Yankee Doodle.)
En passant, we will say that these lines appeared to be the chorus and we regret not catching the words of the entire song.
In Texas these tourists took possession of freight trains and in one instance at least were put to use in guarding cotton from fire.
We have no doubt there are some good men in the ranks, searching for work, but it is equally clear that a majority of them belong to the genuine tramp species, who with murderous intent are looking for the man who invented work. If we remember rightly, the autumnal movement of this grand army in the past has been Southward on the East of the Mississippi, and then on to Texas. This year they changed the program with the view presumably of swinging round the circle, taking in the World's Fair and incidentally the Pacific coast. At all events it is not clear why there should be so many unemployed coming out of the Golden Gate.
In our climate this species of genus homo, is getting to be, like the "sear and yellow leaf" one of the signs of the declining year. True a few would appear to be coming and going all the while but the great body of them descend upon us a little ahead of the wild goose.
From a worldly point of view the tramp is decidedly a cosmopolite, and a distinctive feature of the nineteenth century civilization. One of the principal planks in their platform is evidently laid upon the idea that the world owes them all a living, and some how the most of them seem to get there! Lafayette Advertiser 10/28/1893.
More on the Definition of "Creole."
We were pleased to learn from a number of different sources that our expressions on the "Creole," in connection with the Sam T. Jack Company, last week, have been the subject of much favorable comment. We attempted in a plain way to do simple justice to all parties at interest, and as proof that the strictures imposed on the principal of that company were well deserved we cite the fact that one of the white members of the troupe; who claimed to have joined the "Belles Creoles" at Chicago, admitted to Dr. E. J. Chachere while in his office, that he knew and felt that the exhibitions complained of were wrong in intention and effect, and that he had warned Mr. Jack against showing in Louisiana. This individual added that he, personally, approved of the action of the citizens of Lake Charles and Lafayette, and intended severing ties at once. As far as we know the report is true, made wiser by his experience at Lake Charles and this place, Mr. Jack promptly cancelled all his engagements in Louisiana. Lafayette Advertiser 10/28/1893.
A GENTLEMAN ONCE.
Instance of Depths to Which a Man Can Fall.
Sheriff Broussard, of Lafayette parish, had the following prisoners in charge yesterday when he arrived, consigned to the Penitentiary: Albert Clotio (colored), Grant Williams (colored), Jean Baptiste (White), and C. F. Clark (White). Mr. Broussard had also in charge Marie Bourgeous, an insane woman, who had been committed to the Insane asylum at Jackson, La.
The man Clarke is a striking illustration of the deep degradation to which a a man of good education and surroundings can sink. The prisoner is still a young man, and could have reached the top of his profession but for a leaning toward a fast life. Born and bred in the City of Findlay, O., C. F. Clarke graduated unusually early in life as a physician. Being of an influential family, he was elected coroner for his native country. Success came too fast, and the young physician soon fell by the wayside.
It was deemed prudent by his friends that he should he should leave Findlay. Finally he drifted to Texas and then started East again. He arrived in Lafayette, La., broke, and proceeded to raise the wind by applying to the different physicians for assistance. Physicians are nothing if not charitable, and when the tramp M. D.called at Dr. Mouton's office, he was immediately given a good meal and quarters at the Crescent Hotel. As Dr. Mouton was often away from his office, he extended the use of the place to his brother M. D. in hard luck. How well Clarke used the opportunity can be seen by the fact that he appropriated Dr. Mouton's surgical instrument case. Mr. Bradley, who is now at the Mint, was then town marshal of Lafayette. Mr. Bradley did not think the stranger was O. K. and intended to arrest him the following morning. But when the marshal inquired at the Crescent the next day he was informed that Dr. Clarke had left for Vicksburg.
Soon some of the doctor's little speculations came to light, and the landlady of the hot placed the loss of some silverware to the doctor's credit. Then Mr. Ray, an insurance man, who was a guest at the hotel, came forward and stated that he had lost checks to the amount of $800, which had been taken from his room. Dr. Mouton discovered that a case of surgical instruments was missing, and Clarke was blamed for that loss also.
Sheriff Broussard telegraphed to Vicksburg and Clarke was arrested by the police of that city. When searched the checks were found on him, but the silverware and case of instruments had been disposed of. Clarke was brought back, tried and given a light sentence of one year in the Penitentiary. The case of the checks was not pushed against him, as Mr. Ray recovered the check.
The prisoner was handcuffed to Jean Baptiste, the other white convict. He was dressed in a wide-brimmed straw hat, a neat fitting suit of clothes and tan shoes. The two were in the front rank, and the convict-doctor did not appear to mind his position any more that the negro convicts in the rear.
From the Times-Democrat and in the Lafayette Advertiser 10/28/1893.
The extensive handling of money consequent on the moving of the crop at this time, together with the great volume of business regularly transacted by that institution, causes the People's State Bank to present a scene of much activity since a few weeks. Lafayette Advertiser 10/28/1893.
Scarcity of Labor.
The cotton field negro may now look upon himself as the master of the situation. His services and those of his wife and children are much sought after at present, to gather the fleecy staple from the abundantly filled fields. Some of them are experts in the art of picking cotton, and all make money at this time, the consequences of which is that there is a scarcity of cooks, washwomen and other servants. Lafayette Advertiser 10/28/1893.
We Need Rain. - There is a scarcity of drinking water in Lafayette approaching a famine. There is a report from the surrounding country, also, that cattle are suffering for water, owing to the long continued dry spell of weather. A light shower of rain Thursday night did not materially increase the supply of drinking water.
Laf. Adv. 10/28/1893.
On the night of the 23rd. inst. some miscreant paid the Long plantation a visit and in consequence quite a loss fell upon Mr. Ad Von Kalckstein, the lessee. The latter had recently cut a large quantity of rice which had been stacked preparatory to being threshed and two stacks were burned to the ground. It is said that little doubt exists as to its being the work of some designing person. The rice straw very probably was exceedingly dry and burnt rapidly. The rice we hear was of the Hondurans variety and about 150 barrels were burnt. Lafayette Advertiser 10/28/1893
All Saints Day/All Souls Day.
Two important days in all christian churches, especially in the Roman Catholic Church, where they originated, are November 1st and 2nd. They are designated as All Saints and All Souls day, respectively, and are very carefully observed by the churches. As is the case with many other human devices having an origin simple enough, if not accidental, beautiful traditions and customs have gathered around them, and which manifestly have no little influence on the actions of men. Lafayette Advertiser 10/28/1893.
Bridges Need Attention.
We desire to call the attention of the Police Jury to the condition of the bridges on the road leading southwest from Lafayette, especially the bridge over the creek known as Coulee Mine. These bridges are all in very bad condition and really it is pertinent to inquire as to the disposition of the large quantity of lumber that the parish has paid for, according to the Police Jury proceedings, dating for some time back ?
Lafayette Advertiser 10/28/1893.
For the New Church.
A certain lady of our town in soliciting aid for the building of the new church addressed herself with confidence to her Jewish acquaintances in New Orleans, Lafayette, Grand Coteau and Morgan City. In no instance was there a refusal - all contributing willingly, which is one more instance of the interest taken by the Jewish race in an object worthy of assistance.
In looking over the columns of the New Orleans daily papers and noting the names of contributors to the victims of the late disastrous storms, Jewish charity is preeminently prominent by reason of many and liberal donations. Lafayette Advertiser 10/28/1893.
Should Buy Local.
Those who persist in buying their groceries and many other things, to be had of equal quality and price at home, from Algiers, New Orleans and other places do so in opposition to their own interests, by sending away money that if kept at home would go toward building up and otherwise improving the place. It is a striking fact that it is this very class of citizens who generally proclaim the loudest, the backwardness of their town, for which they are principally responsible. We say to our people, patronize the home merchants whose interests are identical with your own. Make them prosper, and as certain as night follows day, your own condition will be proportionately benefited. Lafayette Advertiser 10/28/1893.
Accident on Teche Railroad.
There was an accident on the Teche Railroad last week which threatened to be a serious affair.
Some flat cars had been left upon the track and one of the engines coming in full speed collided with the flat cars, throwing the engine off the track and breaking the cars. The engineer, fortunately jumped off in time, and so no one was injured. Lafayette Advertiser 10/28/1893.
Jos. Plonsky & Son vs. Their Creditors.
17th Judicial Dist. Court - No. 3853.
STATE OF LOUISIANA.
By virtue of an order from the Honorable 17th Judicial District Court for the parish of Lafayette rendered in the cause entitled and numbered as above, dated Oct. 27th, 1893. I will offer for sale at public auction to the last and highest bidder at the store lately occupied by said Plonsky and Son in the town of Lafayette, La. on, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11th, 1893.
Commencing at eleven o'clock A. M. the following described property belonging to said insolvent estate, to-wit:
One lot of merchandise as per inventory on file.
And by virtue of the same order I will proceed to sell on, SATURDAY the 2nd day of DECEMBER 1898, between the legal sale hours, at the front door of the Court House, in Lafayette La., the following described property also belonging to said insolvent estate, to wit:
Lot No. 1. The undivided half of fractional lot No. 11 & 12 in the corporation of Lafayette, La., with all improvements thereon, measuring thirty-six feet front by one hunded and twenty-two feet deed. Bounded North by Main Street. South by part lot No. 11. East by Est. of Francis Bourges. West by Est. of A. Perez or assigns.
2. Lot No. Fifty-four, Mills Addition, Town of Lafayette, measuring one, hundred feet front by one hundred and forty deep. Bounded North by lot fifty-three. South by Bagatelle Street. East by lot 55. West by Bienville street.
3. Lot No. One hundred and ninety-five in Mills addition, town of Lafayette measuring one hundred and forty deep. Bounded North by lot No. 189. South by lot one hundred and ninety-four. East by lot No. 196. West by Lafayette St.
4. Lot No. Two hundred and eighteen in Miss addition, town of Lafayette, measuring one hundred feet front, by one hundred and forty deep. Bounded by one hundred and forty deep. Bounded North by Lot 215. South by Lot 219. East by Lot 217 and West by Madison Street.
CHAS. D. CAFFERY,
Lafayette Advertiser 10/28/1893.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 10/28/1893.
Mr. Alfred Hebert has been appointed by the Governor member of the Police Jury for this parish in lieu of Mr. W. B. Torian resigned.
The payment of the employers of both the Southern Pacific R. R. and the Teche railroad took place this week.
Dr. F. E. Girard returned to his post of duty at New Orleans, last Saturday.
Messrs. S. R. Parkerson and W. S. Torian left this morning to be present at the brilliant closing exercises of the Colombian Exposition, next Tuesday.
Dr. P. M. Girard and wife are at present enjoying the beauteous sights of the White City.
The many friends of Mr. W. B. Torian will regret to hear of his resignation as a member of the Police Jury.
The Southern Pacific Co. pay car is expected to come through to-day, to pay employees for one month's work. This is most welcome news. Lafayette Advertiser 10/28/1893.
A LOCOMOTIVE requires fuel and labor to the value of three thousand dollars in the course of year.
In every mile of railroad there is seven feet and four inches that is not covered by the rails - the space left between them for expansion.
THE VICTORIA railway bridge over the St. Lawrence, at Montreal, Canada, contains 3,000,000 cubic feet of masonry work and 10,500 tones of iron.
MOSQUITOES were unknown in Atlanta, Ga., before sleeping cars were run from Savannah into that city. This is evidence that mosquitoes travel first-class.
Original source unknown. In the Lafayette Advertiser 10/28/1893.
Marconi's Wireless Telegraphy.
[From the N. O. Daily Picayune.]
The presence in this country of Signor Marconi and the possibility of adapting his inventions to military uses have induced the Navy Department to arrange for a series of extensive experiments to determine just how useful the Marconi system could be made to facilitate communication between ships of the navy, as well as between the ships and shore stations. The mere fact that Signor Marconi is able to transmit messages a considerable distance without the ordinary medium of wires does not necessarily make his system of value to the naval service. Unless by practical experiments it is demonstrated that, by the Marconi system, messages can be transmitted from one ship to another with entire success and under all conditions, the system would be worse than useless, as in the military service only a completely reliable system can be depended on for the transmission of signals and orders.
In order to give Signor Marconi complete opportunities for proving the value of his invention to naval uses the Navy Department has determined to detail the armored cruiser New York and the battleship Massachusetts to the work of conducting exhaustive investigations into the merits of the Marconi method. Experiments will be made in transmitting messages between the ships at varying distances and during foggy weather. Communication between the ships and the shore will also be attempted.
The success of the Marconi wireless telegraphy would be of the greatest advantage to the naval service. At present signals and communications are transmitted by the use of flags, "shapes: and electric lights at night. All of these systems are very useful and are entirely successful in clear weather for short distances, but for long distance signaling they are unreliable, and all of them are utterly worthless in a fog. If by the wireless system vessels are enabled to communicate with each other or with the shore when not even visible to each other or to observers on shore, a great step forward will have been made; and not only will the dangers of navigation be diminished, but means of communication at sea, and particularly in time of war, would be greatly improved.
If it shown that vessels can communicate with each other at sea by the wireless telegraphy system, it will also be demonstrated that different bodies of troops ashore can communicate with headquarters or with each other. This would be of the greatest value when operating in a hostile country where the ordinary lines of communication have been destroyed. It is stated that the British army officials proposed to utilize the Marconi system during the campaign in Africa.
The tests about to be made by the Navy Department will be watched with keen interest, and we may expect an impartial verdict, as the naval service would not think of adopting the system for actual use unless it is shown to be absolutely reliable. From the N. O. Daily Picayune and in the Lafayette Gazette 10/28/1899.