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From the Lafayette Gazette of October 29th, 1898:


 On the 8th of November the voters of this parish will be called upon to vote for a congressman and a railroad commissioner. We have no doubt that the Democrats of Lafayette will do their duty on that day as they have always done in the past. Because the candidacy of the Republican nominee for congress is not seriously considered is no reason why Democrats should refrain from voting. There is no sort to doubt that Mr. Broussard will carry this parish, but his majority should be of such proportions that the scattered remnants of Republicanism which yet mournfully linger on this rock-ribbed Democratic soil will be swept away like chaff before the storm.

 Messrs. Broussard and Sims are the unanimous choice of the Democracy and are entitled to every Democratic vote which, we are satisfied, they will receive.

 Mr. Broussard is well-known by every voter in this parish. Mr. Sims, the party's nominee for railroad commissioner, who has no serious opposition, is a stranger to most of the people of the parish, but his nomination by the Baton Rouge convention will be accepted by all good
Lafayette Gazette 10/29/1898.

Ice Factory Closes. - The Lafayette Ice Factory, which is now under the management of Baxter Clegg and John Givens, closed down this week after a successful season. During the winter the factory will run at intervals, only a limited quantity of ice being required to supply the trade. Needed improvements will be made to the factory in order to meet the increasing demands for ice. Lafayette Gazette 10/29/1898.

 Will Be Mustered Out. - The young men living in Lafayette who are members of the Battery C, Louisiana Artillery, will leave to-morrow for New Orleans to report at the Jackson Barracks where they will be mustered out out. The friends of the boys will be pleased to learn of the decision of the war department to discharge them from the service. Lafayette Gazette 10/29/1898.

 New Furniture Store. - Lafayette will have a new furniture store. Armand and Iphis Deffez have rented the Martin building near the Parkerson square and will be ready for business on or about the 15th of November. The Gazette is requested to state that the Deffez Bros. have ordered a large stock of furniture from the factories which they will sell at the lowest figures. They will attend strictly to business and will strive to merit a fair share of the public patronage, which The Gazette hopes they will receive.
Lafayette Gazette 10/29/1898.


 From the beginning of the yellow fever epidemic The Gazette has advocated the establishment of reasonable quarantine restrictions. It did not believe it necessary to employ the extreme methods in vogue last year and upon several occasions expressed the hope that the authorities would be guided by reason instead of of fear. When the time came for the various country boards of health to act, the good judgment displayed by all was a source of much satisfaction to the thinking people of this section. The law, as passed at the last session of the General Assembly, was carefully read and a conscientious effort was made to carry it out in letter and spirit. That the boards were successful in their very commendable endeavors to perform their duty honestly and intelligently has been clearly shown by the splendid results which followed.

 It is, however, unfortunate that the State Board, which is, under the law, the source of all authority in quarantine matters, has not evinced the same disposition to perform its duties in an honest and manly way. Unfortunately the State Board seems to have taken charge of the commercial and railroad interests of the State. It appears to have escaped its attention that it was appointed to look after the health of the people of the State and not after the business of mercantile firms and railroad corporations. All along the State Board had been entirely too solicitous for the welfare of the commerce of the State.

 The following order or telegram was sent by Superintendent Owens to the agents of the Southern Pacific Road:

 TO ALL AGENTS - State Board of Health of Louisiana is anxious to remove quarantines existing in Louisiana on October 25, but is unwilling to issue the proclamation unless the different towns and parishes will conference to same. They request us to canvass the locality along the Southern Pacific Co., and find out the sentiment and report as soon as possible if local and parish authorities object to Oct. 25. Please ascertain if November 1 will be more acceptable.
     W. F. OWENS.

 We are informed by Mr. Owens that the State Board requested his company to "find out the sentiment and report as soon as possible." To an unprejudiced mind does it not seem a little strange that the Board should apply to the Southern Pacific Company for this information which it could certainly have obtained from the boards of the localities traversed by Mr. Owen's road? The local board were in a position to furnish the State Board with authentic information as to whether or not the people favored a continuance of withdrawal of quarantine restrictions. It strikes us that if the State Board desired truthful and disinterested reports it would have applied to the boards of health of the different localities, and not to Mr. Owens who was naturally anxious to run his trains without the restrictions placed upon them by the quarantine. In its haste to raise the quarantine the State Board has evidently forgotten the duty that it owes to the people of this State.

 If we are to have a State Board of Health, let it be a State Board of Health, and not a sort of "Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Railroads."

 The present fever may be harmless and the quarantine may be unnecessary; but if it is so, let the Board say so, and act accordingly. Lafayette Gazette 10/28/1898.

 Nice Publication.

 A little book, very interestingly written and superbly printed, setting forth in unique style the beauty and comfortableness of the Sunset Limited, has been sent us by the Southern Pacific Company. From an artistic point of view this work is valuable and and as a concise description of the country traversed by this road, it can hardly be surpassed. Lafayette Gazette 10/29/1898.


 The various cotton buyers doing business in and around Lafayette have effected an agreement which will result in making a wagon market of this town. They will not buy cotton at the gins as they have done heretofore, but have agreed to remain at the compress where they will do all their buying. The agents representing the different firms in that line of business, will always be on hand at the compress where they will pay the highest market prices for cotton brought there, besides giving a bonus of one dollar on each bale. The compress people and the cotton buyers disclaim any inattention of injuring the business of the ginners or of the cotton planters. They contend, on the contrary, that the new arrangement will redound to the interest of all concerned. A market, where all the buyers will be, insures competition, which is not always the case when cotton is sold at the gin.

 It is believed that this agreement will make a wagon market of Lafayette, which is certainly a consummation devoutly to be wished by the people of the town. A wagon market has helped Opelousas and other towns very much and one at this point can not fail to be fruitful of the same good results. Lafayette Gazette 10/29/1898.

Parish Board of Health.

        Lafayette, La., Oct. 22, 1898.
  The parish Board of Health met this day in special session pursuant to call by the president, with the following members present: Drs. R. DeLaureal, H. D. Guidry, and Messrs. L. G. Breaux, J. O. Broussard, and D. A. Cochrane.  Absent:  Dr. U. Prejean, Jasper Spell and Dr. R. O. Young.

 The president stated that the object of the meeting was to be the  consideration of the proposition of President Souchon of the State Board to raise quarantine restrictions on or about the first of November.

 By motion of Dr. Guidry the following was adopted in reply to the communication of the State Board:  Resolved that at this date the Parish Board declines to raise quarantine or fix any date for the raising of the same.

 President DeLaureal was authorized to act in conjunction with the municipal authorities of Lafayette, in the matter o removing quarantine restrictions.

 The action of President DeLaureal in notifying the State Board that Lafayette parish would continue the quarantine against the town of Franklin was approved.

 By motion Messrs. Geo. R. DeLaureal, R. O. Young, H. D. Guidry, and U. Prejean were appointed a committee to represent the parish at the proposed conference of the health authorities of this adjoining parishes.

 The guards on bayou Vermilion were ordered removed and the secretary authorized to notify the member of the 4th ward of this action.

 There being no further business the Board adjourned.
   G. R. DELAUREAL, M. D., President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 10/29/1898. 

Bidded Against Each Other.

 If there is a man on earth who holds on to his hard-earned sheckles with the proverbial tenacity of an American bulldog, it is the son of sunny Italy who has migrated to the land of the free and the home of the brave to sell parched peanuts and superannuated bananas. The other day this well-known characteristic of the Italian fruit-vendor was brought out in a manner that was both amusing and pathetic. It was Bodenheimer's auction sale and it happened in this way: The fruit-vendor fixed his eye on a jar of candy which he decided to buy, but failed to be informed his faithful spouse of his intended purchase. He took his position inside the building and watched closely for an opportunity to bid on the jar of candy. In the meantime Sheriff Broussard noticed that the help-mate of the Italian was on the outside and surmised from her facial expression that she too was after the candy. The sheriff, who by the way, has developed into a howling success as an auctioneer, seized the opportunity to sell the candy at a good price. As soon as it was offered for sale, the Italian and his wife became animated bidders against each other. The auctioneer, noticing the wife bidding against the husband, urged them on and succeeded in obtaining a very handsome price for the jar of candy, which, otherwise, would have been sold for a mere song. When the husband saw that it was going altogether too high for his means he sensibly withdrew from the contest, but his wife stuck to it with the obstinacy peculiar to her sex. When the Italian learned that the candy was "knocked down" to his wife he was the incarnation of disgust, disappointment and despair. Lafayette Gazette 10/29/1898.

 District Court.

 A civil term of the district court convened Wednesday with Judge C. Debaillon on the bench. Some cases of minor importance were tried during the week. Monday the suit of Consolidated Engineering Co. vs. the City Council of Lafayette will be taken up. It will be remembered that the trial of this case was begun some time ago, but was continued on account of the unavoidable absence of one of the attorneys. Lafayette Gazette 10/29/1898.

 A Sad Accident.

 On the 13th of this month Adam Guilbeau, a farmer living near Carencro, entered his crib to get a basket of cotton which was in the loft of the building. He stepped on a scaffold and when in the act of reaching out for the basket, fell to the floor, sustaining internal injuries, from which he suffered very much until the 18th instant when he died. Mr. Guilbeau had a wife and seven children, tho whom his death was a great loss. Mr. Guilbeau was a hard-working man, dutiful husband and father and a good, honest citizen. His widow and orphans have the sympathy of a large circle of friends. Lafayette Gazette 10/29/1898.

Notice of Election.

         Lafayette, La., Oct. 10th, 1898.
  The undersigned members of the Board of Supervisor's of Election in and for Lafayette parish, met this day, for that purpose and proceeded to appoint the following named commissioners and clerks of election to serve at the election to be held November the 8th., 1898, throughout said parish, under provision of Section II, of said act number 137 of 1896, to-wit:

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 We the undersigned, Board of Supervisors of Election, P. A. Delhomme and A. M. Martin, being present, have appointed the above named commissioners of election as above state this 8th day of October, 1898.
P. A. DELHOMME, A. M. MARTIN, Assessor and Registrar.
Lafayette Gazette 10/29/1898. 


 Selected News Notes (Gazette) 10/29/1898.

 Col. G. A. Breaux visited Opelousas on legal business during this week.

 For Rent - A dwelling house in the town of Lafayette. Apply at this office.

 Now that the cold weather has come to stay you need some coal or wood. Geo. DeBlanc will fill all orders promptly.

 Rousseau Mouton, son of Mr. J. D. Mouton, fell from a wagon last Tuesday. A wheel passed over his body, inflicting slight injuries.

 P. S. Pugh of the Crowley bar and Gus Fontenot of the same town, were in Lafayette Wednesday.

 Nothing doing but a good time at Walker's restaurant, opening night. Tell your friends. The are all invited.

 P. S. Pugh of the Crowley bar and Gus Fontenot of the same town, were in Lafayette Wednesday.

 Alex Delahoussaye and A. T. Caillouet have entered into a partnership and will put in a large stock of goods. The business will be carried on at Mr. Delahoussaye's well-known stand.

 There will be some races at the Carencro race track to-morrow. 

 Be sure and be on hand. The "band" will play at eight. Walker gives a supper at his new restaurant, Nov. 1. Kum one, kum all. It is Walker's treat. Lafayette Gazette 10/29/1898.




 From the Lafayette Advertiser of October 29th, 1898: 

A Returning Hero.

We are informed that Lieutenant Moss will shortly be in Lafayette to visit his family.

THE ADVERTISER knows that it voices the sentiment of our people in saying that Lafayette is proud to number Lieutenant Moss amongst its sons. The lieutenant's heroism has not only found its way in our columns, but has been noticed also by the northern press. He was the only one from Lafayette who smelled the powder on the battle field of El Caney and his admirable conduct and courage in those trying times were made a special communication from his commanding officer to him.

 How shall Lafayette shows its approbation for his heroism?

 THE ADVERTISER suggests that a grand public reception be given Lieutenant Moss, showing thereby a willingness to acknowledge trueness, courage, heroism and honor as personified by Lieutenant Moss.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/29/1898.

The Weather. - It has been quite cold for the last few days. Numerous blizzards and snow storms have raged in the north-western states and in a diminutive intensity they have reached us.

 We prefer this invigorating dry weather to a slush muddy one.

 This is a good season to get your cotton picked out and now is the time to strike the iron while it is hot.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/29/1898. 

Notice of Election.

 Election for congressman and railroad commissioner will be held on November 8th.

 There are a few candidate to receive the votes of our citizens, we, also, are candidates for what is due us on our subscription list.

 We hope that our fellow-citizens will elect us unanimously. Lafayette Advertiser 10/29/1898. 

Lands Voted to General Lafayette.

 Washington, Oct. 12. - Apropos of the Lafayette monument and discussion with the Interior Department is receiving numerous communications, asking about lands, money, etc., given Lafayette in testimonial of his service in the Revolution. Commissioner W. P. Hermann of the General Land Office, discussing the queries coming in from newspaper men, historians and others as to the location of lands voted Lafayette, made the following statement to-day, reviewing all the government land transactions with Lafayette.

 Congress on March 3, 1803, authorized the Secretary of War to issue land warrants to Major Gen. Lafayette for eleven thousand acres (one half of a township of land) and on March 27, 1804, Gen. Lafayette was authorized and empowered to locate the warrants in the territory of Orleans, now the State of Louisiana.

 "The locations were subsequently made on the west bank of the Mississippi river, in the parish of Pointe Coupee. Patents thereon were issued January and April, 1810, and March, 1813. In 1824 Congress by a unanimous vote requested President Monroe to invite Lafayette to visit this country. The invitation was accepted and while here Congress granted him two hundred thousand dollars in cash and a township of land, to be located under the authority of the President, on any of the un-appropriated lands of the United States. This township of land was located in Leon county, in what was then known as West Florida, being township one north of range east, containing 22,028 acres, and patented July 4, 1825, the forty-ninth anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. This patent was delivered to Lafayette in person by the then Commissioner of the General Land Office, Mr. George Graham. The city of Tallahassee is located on part of this tract."

 Commissioner Hermann also called attention to the fact, not generally known, that there is on file in the general land office an original deed executed jointly by Gen. Lafayette and another and acknowledge before the United States Consul Isaac Cox Barnet, at Paris, Oct. 2, 1823, transferring a portion of the land embraced in the first grant. The signature of the General to this patent is simply "Lafayette," written as one word, and with a small "F' which would seem to settle the discussed question as to whether the name should be written as two words, and with a capital "F" or not.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/29/1898.

 Mr. Joe Colomb, of Grand Coteau, lately married to one of our belles, Miss Nita Lacoste, has been unfortunate of late. His store and his entire stock of have been destroyed by fire. Lafayette Advertiser 10/29/1898.

 Lacoste's New Building.

 The new building of Mr. Gustave Lacoste, when completed, will be of a magnificent impact. Mr. Lacoste has, certainly, shown good taste and his building, a tangible ornament to our town, will stand as the result of push and grit. We hope that Mr. Anderson, the builder, will be as fortunate in the completion of the building as he has been in the past and we predict that this building will be the very best testimonial for his future enterprises. Lafayette Advertiser 10/29/1898.

New Buildings. - Work on the building of Mr. Simeon Begnaud near the Court House is progressing rapidly. When completed, this building will be an ornament to our town and the work will do honor to Mr. Maas, the architect.

 The Bank of Lafayette's building is also under way. This will be a good substantial building and will do credit to Lafayette. Mr. Daily, of New Iberia, is the architect.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/29/1898.


New Furniture Store - Deffez Bros. will open a furniture store, about Nov. 15th, at the stand now occupied by J. C. Caillouet's Drug store. These young men are full of energy and vigor and are entitled to a share of the public patronage. We hope that their investment will be a profitable one, and they have nothing but the best wishes of the Advertiser in their business venture.Laf. Adv. 10/29/1898.

 Birthday Celebration at Falk's.

 Little Hinda Schmulen will welcome her friends at Falk's Opera House this afternoon, at 3 p. m. on the occasion of her seventh birthday. 

 Sweet little invitations were sent out heralding the happy event.

 The Advertiser wishes to little Hinda, as many times as possible, the (unreadable) of her seventh birthday. Lafayette Advertiser 10/29/1898.

 Wide Awake Eyes.

 There are things that we can't help but noticing and amongst many is the low price of cotton. We don't care to make any extensive argument and (unreadable words) pros and cons on this moneyed question but we desire to notice the many ways in which our cotton raisers are fooled.

 A month ago the foreign horizon being unclouded, our great dalies northern and southern were crying to over-production advising our farmers as of old to diversify their crops.\

 Lately, there has been a misunderstanding between France and England about the Nile, and our wide-awake dailies have propagated this as a reason for the low prices.

 Still later the bubonic plague has appeared in Vienna (Austria) and this has also been the means of keeping down the prices.

 If it were not so discouraging it would be risible.

 We must admit that the cotton raisers are a lot of good fellows taking every argument advanced for pure Gospel, but to our mind, the market is controlled by money sharkers who are smart enough to fool the farmers.

 There is no money, now, or the farmer in raising the staple, but, even now, there is money in it for those who handle it, after it leaves the sons of toil.

 What will be the next reason for low prices? the future will teach it to us, may be it will be the assassination of the Emperor of China. Lafayette Advertiser 10/29/1898.


 The Court has been in session occupied with unimportant civil cases, but on Oct. 31st, the case of the town of Lafayette of the Water Works and Electric Light Co. will come up for a hearing before the court. Lafayette Advertiser 10/29/1898.


 Samples of sugar cane brought to our real estate agent confirms the statements that our cane crop is first class, all over our parish.

 Cane from Mr. Jos. Ross have 22 matured joints and very heavy.

 Three year old stubs have 24 matured joints and of very good size.

 This is as good as can be desired by the most exacting. Lafayette Advertiser 10/29/1898.

 Clean Up.

 Several parishes newspapers have been, of late, considering the advisability of quarantining against New Orleans on the 1st of May of each year.

 THE ADVERTISER is in favor of this move, as long as certain wards of the Crescent City will remain in a state of filth.

 We have been told that Cuba was the home of the yellow fever - its beginning - but, of late, we have been taught by General Wood at Santiago de Cuba that systematic cleanliness will keep yellow fever in check.

 It is an undeniable fact that since General Wood took charge of the sanitary department of that city the mortality due to yellow fever has been greatly reduced.

 We believe that New Orleans with filth and its careless sanitation is the primitive cause of the yellow fever, and we may add its favoritism.

 New Orleans paper s rejoice at the fact that Canal street is to receive a pavement of asphalt. This is certainly a good improvement for that section, but the others, what about them?

 It seems that the municipality of the Crescent City considers Canal street and a few others, as the city itself, as all improvements are made in those few streets while the rest of the city is left to its filth. Lafayette Advertiser 10/29/1898.






From the Lafayette Advertiser of October 29th, 1870:


DISSOLUTION OF CO-PARTNERSHIP. - The co-poartnership existing between Messrs. M. P. Young, F. O. Latiolais and Will Clegg, Druggists and Grocers has been dissolved by the withdrawal of Mr. Latiolais from the firm. The business will be carried out and conducted by Messrs. M. P. Young & W. Clegg, under the name and title of M. P. Young & Co., in the new building on the corner of Washington and Vermilion Streets.

 NEW DRUG STORE. - Our young friend F. O. Latioslais, left this place for New Orleans on Thursday last of the purpose of purchasing  a supply of Drugs and Medicines. He intends on establishing a first class Drug-store in this place, within the next ten days in the building on the corner of Main and Washington streets. He will confine himself strictly to the business of Drugs and Medicines and in preparing regular physicians prescriptions. We wish him success. He is a native creole and deserves a liberal share of the public patronage. Lafayette Advertiser 10/29/1870.

For Consideration.

 For the last few days we have heard rumors about us that a combine had place between several cotton buyers and that hereafter the farmer would be compelled to sell his cotton to the cotton compress and no where else.

 We went to see Mr. Corona, manager of the compress and here below will be found his statement:

  "Recognizing the great advantages offered them in doing business with the Compress, the Firms buying cotton in Lafayette have concluded to try to induce all cotton ginned in this immediate vicinity, to be hauled to and sold at the Compress, where the buyers representing all the Firms buying here will be on hand to pay the highest cash prices for cotton and give, besides, a bonus of One Dollar per bale.

  All of the expenses of buying cotton at the gins (which expense comes out of the farmers pocket, not the buyers) are thus saved to the planter, in this way doing the greatest good to the greatest number.

  There is not the slightest desire upon the part of the Compress, or the Cotton Buyers, to injure the business of the ginners, quite the contrary, and it is hoped, now that we have an A No. 1 Compress and Warehouse, that ginners will lend their hearty assistance towards making a wagon market of Lafayette, an event that may possibly be delayed a short time but which must inevitably come to pass, no matter what temporary obstructions may be placed in the way. 10/29/1870.

From the Lafayette Advertiser of October 29th, 1912:


 Good Roads Committee of Lafayette Visits Beaumont.

 The Story of the Visit as Told by the Beaumont Enterprise.

 [From the Beaumont Enterprise of Oct. 26.]

 Learning that Jefferson county has one of the best systems of good roads in the country, a committee of four representative business men of Lafayette, La., came to Beaumont last night for the purpose of inspecting the roads in this vicinity in order to learn how good roads are built, the cost, and the benefit to be derived therefrom, in order that they might educate the people of Lafayette parish to the necessity for improved roads previous to calling an election for a bond issue to improve all the principal roads in that section of Louisiana.

 The members of the committee are Major P. L. DeClouet, a planter an ex-legislator; J. P. Colomb, secretary and manager of the Lacoste Hardware Company; F. O. Broussard, member of the Police Jury, and Dr. N. P. Moss, president of the First National Bank of Lafayette. These gentlemen are members of a sub-committee named by the general good roads committee recently appointed at a joint meeting of the City Council of Lafayette and the Police Jury of Lafayette parish.

 The visitors will be shown over the good roads of Jefferson county by Frank Alvy, J. Bleweet Smyth, James F. Weed, the engineer who was in charge of the local shell road building, R. W. Wilson county judge, and T. W. Larkin. The party will leave the Crosby house at 9 o'clock this morning and will visit the good roads in automobiles.

 The first road inspected will be the Amelia road, as far as Amelia, the Uvalde asphalt paving on Calder avenue, then the Mitchell road to Amelia, returning to Beaumont about 10 o'clock. The party will then go to Port Arthur, inspecting the model roads between Beaumont and that city, returning to Beaumont in time to be guests at the weekly luncheon of the Chamber of Commerce at the Crosby house.

 In the afternoon the visitors will be taken over the Fannett road, returning to Beaumont and then out the Rosedale road, back to the Magnolia, where the first mile of modern shell road ever built in Jefferson county was put down by experts employed by the government office of public roads in 1904 and which resulted in the building of the present extensive shell road system.

 After the road inspection the party will go to the Country Club, where light refreshments will be served, after which they will return to Beaumont and the visitors will be guests at a little dinner to be given at the Crosby House. The visitors will return to their homes in Lafayette tonight. From the Beaumont Enterprise and in the Lafayette Advertiser of 10/29/1912.


 Luncheon of Chamber of Commerce Interesting.

 Pastor, Railroad Official and Residents of Louisiana Make Good Speeches.

 [From the Beaumont Enterprise of Oct. 26, 1912.]

 One of the most interesting and most satisfactory weekly luncheon yet given by the Chamber of Commerce was that one given yesterday at the Crosby house. Dr. George B. Norton, rector of St. Mark's church, made an address on "Town Building" and Dr. N. P. Moss, president of the First National Bank of Lafayette, La., and Major P. L. DeClouet, a planter from the same place, made short talks. W. B. Scott, vice president of the Sunset railway lines, arrive just before the luncheon closed and he also made an interesting talk.

 Other guests at the luncheon were F. B. Irving, superintendent of the Southern Pacific lines; T. J. Hawkes, road master of the same company; J. P. Colomb, secretary and manager of the Lacoste Hardware Company, of Lafayette, and F. O. Broussard member of the Police Jury of Lafayette parish. F. M. Law, cashier of the First National Bank, acted as toastmaster.


 Prefacing his talk with funny stories about the use of the words academic and equivocal, Dr. Norton said:  

 "Town building is an academic problem for Beaumont. It is not one we have to solve because it is really well on its way. Man made the city, but God made the country and in the development of a city there are many things a man may introduce which will relatively affect the growth of the city. I was walking in one of our streets recently and I noticed on one side four fine residences all alike and in the rear of each were four smaller buildings, servants' quarters or garages, exactly similar. On the opposite side of the street were four other residences and servants' quarters of the same design. Nature never does that which will weary the eye. A variety of colors and lines and indirect curves is what nature prefers.


 "In the development of things from the beginning we are told many strange and curious stories. One old tradition, says that man in his first stage grew on trees like a nut. When he was ripe the wind shook him down and if the wind were strong he never returned. If it were a light wind he returned to the tree and took up his abode in the branches, or if it became cold, found an opening in the trunk of the tree near the ground and made that his home.

 "The word "town" originally meant a house. We have the conception today that it means a number of buildings. It is a reproach to the American people that all the people of a town have such a sameness. We are warned by an instinct and culture that comes to distinguish things for their esthetic purposes. We might improve the construction of our public schools and make them artistic as well as useful. But the schools are provided for the children and the parents do not often see the school.


 "It seems this might be made a build along the lines of architecture which is esthetic. This does not seem to apply to the public market, the federal buildings, the business buildings or the homes we have. I am not sure but that a municipality would find it advisable and wise to provide a bonus for beautiful blocks, beautiful streets, handsome houses which will appeal to the eye and gratify the taste.

 "Develop in the man and woman, the boy and girl, a pride in the beautiful. It is exceedingly difficult on level land to provide that which will be artistic, attractive and esthetic because we lack some of the surroundings, the hills and dales, but not the plains. It seems difficult to find anything in this country which attracts. In our mother land we have the cathedrals.


 "The fraternal homes, the schools, the court houses and the residences have certain places in the community but consider what a vast cathedral of enduring material and towering presence and magnificence would mean if it provided a home for all in the community, a place where no child is so small, no man so rich or so poor, no outcast without prospects here or hereafter but could find a home there.

 "I hope to see here at the head of some street such a home. One that will invite by its atmosphere, that will cheer and comfort here and give some idea of the home hereafter."


 Dr. Moss, one of the Lafayette visitors who has been touring the good roads of Jefferson county, was called upon, and declared:  "A good road community is a civilized community. It is my impression that good roads may have as elevating an influence on a community as a church, although that theory may not be acceptable to some of us. We haven't got them in our county, but we must have them. We expect to build them there and we thought it best to find out from those who had learned from experience how to go about it. We expect to take back to Lafayette the best you can give us. We want to profit by your experience. We appreciate the many courtesies we have enjoyed at the hands of the citizens of this progressive and hospitable community, and if our people fail to build good roads upon our return home then we are coming back to Beaumont to live."

 Major DeClouet, a veteran of the civil war, spoke of the brotherhood existing between Louisiana, his home state, and Texas, during that period, and which still exists. In regard to his visit to Beaumont and the inspection of the roads, he said:  "We have admired these roads and your spirit of progress, and your intelligence in accomplishing such important public work. I hope when we get back to Louisiana we may be able to induce our people to do as you have done, to go down into their pockets and build public roads.


 "Good roads are a part of the most important improvement of a country. The best indications of the true worth of a country are its public edifices, establishments for the worship of God, those establishments for the education of the youth of our land and I may add to that, good roads.

 "Show me a community of churches with their spires pointing to the home beyond a community of schools with their turrets pointing upward to higher education and science, show me a community of good roads and I will show you a good town filled with law-abiding, progressive, intelligent, go-ahead people. That we have found in Beaumont, I desire to compliment you first on your beautiful city which we have admired so much and particularly your splendid roads leading into Beaumont."


 W. B. Scott, vice-president of the Sunset lines, said:

 "Good roads, including good railroads, are essential to the success of any community. It is a matter of pleasure to me that the people in the part of the country pay vastly more attention to good roads than they do in other parts of the country. Good transportation is only supplemented by good roads. If you have good roads leading into a city transportation is cheap.

 "I have had some correspondence with the mayor of Beaumont about the noise our trains make passing through your city. This didn't use to amount to much, but it has grown to be a big question. There are only three things we can do to eliminate the noise, however. First, to tunnel under the city, second to build around it, both of which are too expensive and out of the question, and the third, to stay where we are and to behave ourselves and that is just what we going to do." From the Beaumont Enterprise and in the Lafayette Advertiser 10/29/1912.


 [From the Beaumont Enterprise, Oct. 26.]

 Port Arthur, Texas, Oct. 25. - The good roads delegation from Lafayette, La., which arrived at Beaumont last night, reached here this afternoon, saying it would take a day to fully express everything good they might have to say about the shell road between here and Beaumont.

 The party from Lafayette consisted of a committee of four appointed to look into roads in Jefferson county in order to acquire a broader knowledge of road building. They are Major P. L. DeClouet, planter; J. P. Colomb, merchant; F. O. Broussard, police juryman, and Dr. N. P. Moss, bank president. They were accompanied in automobiles by Blewett Smythe, Frank Alby and others of Beaumont.

 Dr. Moss, as spokesman for the party, said he found the roads hereabout better than he expected and was particularly well pleased with the Port Arthur road.

 In speaking of road work generally, he said that in the south road building had not progressed as rapidly as might be desired and that people here were inclined to devote too little rather than too much money and energy on road building. He said the automobile was doing much to attract attention to the roads of the country.

 Dr. Moss said nothing was of greater benefit to a country than good roads. He said the farmer could haul twice as much on good roads as on bad ones and with good roads needed fewer horses to do the hauling.

 The party took a spin over the streets before returning to Beaumont.
From the Beaumont Enterprise and in the Lafayette Advertiser 10/29/1912.


[From the Beaumont Enterprise, Oct. 26.]

 Filled with inspiration concerning the benefit of good roads to a community, the committee of four citizens of Lafayette, La., left Beaumont at 9 o'clock last night, after making a thorough inspection of the roads of Jefferson county and returned to their home determined to improve the thoroughfares in Lafayette parish as soon as possible.

 The gentlemen from Louisiana were Major P. L. DeClouet, planter and ex-member of the Louisiana legislature; J. P. Colomb, secretary and manager of the Lacoste Hardware Company; F. O. Broussard, member of the police jury, and Dr. N. P. Moss, president of the First National Bank of Lafayette.

 They were the guests of the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce while in this city and were escorted over the good roads in automobiles by Frank Alvey, vice president of the Chamber of Commerce; J. Blewett Smythe, president of the Texas Bank and Trust Co., and James F. Weed, County Highway Engineer.

 The Calder avenue road to Amelia was the first one inspected, the visitors being deeply interested in the shell construction beyond the end of the asphalt paving. They also covered the roads between Beaumont and Port Arthur before noon and after the Chamber of Commerce luncheon they inspected the Fannett road and the Rosedale road.

 The visitors were deeply impressed with the results in road building attained in Jefferson county and with the positive benefit accruing to Beaumont because of these roads. Each member of the party declared he was delighted with the hospitality and entertainment extended them here and they were so well pleased with the roads that one of them remarked:

 "If our people at home don't build good roads we are coming to Beaumont."
From the Beaumont Enterprise and in the Lafayette Advertiser 10/29/1912.

The Frame of a Story.
[From the New Orleans Picayune.]

The romantic young person who is to write a novel that will be read and paid for by publishers, puts it up this way:  A manly form, noble brow, ingenuous features; devoted and true. A willowy figure, eyes soft and lambent, and half hidden by lashes that emphasize the brightness of the orbs they shadow, teeth like a double row of pearls, cheeks upon which red follows white as the shadow of the summer cloud glides over the grassy mead, a voice informed with sweet, entrancing music. Long and silent exchanges of loving thoughts, followed by words of affection that mantle the cheek of the listener with the glow of happiness supreme. A clouded brow, lines of anguish, ecstasy divine gives place to doubt and distrust; averted looks and hasty words; estrangement. Tears, heart-sickness, misery; dissembling smiles and masqueraded of careless joy; coquetry, sullen visage. A last meeting, formal and distant; an accidental touch of hands; a sigh, a glance; recrimination, explanations, clouds disperse; dearer than ever; "Henry!"  "Darling!"  "To think for a moment!"  "How could I?"  "When shall it be?"  Blushes; lips meet lips. Rapture! Sunshine after the storm, the morning's light following the ebon gloom of night, sadness turned to joy and misery transformed to happiness. Stern father; dejection; roses disappear from cheeks; eyes downcast; appetite gone; lassitude, fading away. Mother prays; speaks of their own early trials in the courts of love; father inexorable. Meets with an accident, lying on his prison couch, tenderly nursed by his hollow-eyed, wan-cheeked daughter. "Forgive!"  Relief in tears; reason resumes her thrown. Her life is saved.  "Take her; let it be as soon as you please."  Roses return, step gladsome and light. Milliners, dressmakers, whirl of excitation. Wedding bells; never was a handsomer couple. True love at last rewarded.

 From the New Orleans Picayune and in the Lafayette Gazette 10/29/1898.


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