From the Lafayette Gazette of October 6th, 1900:
Coming to Lafayette!!!
Buffalo Bill's Wild, West Show.
Our Recently Acquired Territory Now Represented in Buffalo Bill's Wild West.
There is not a more welcome visitor here than Col. Cody (Buffalo Bill) and his Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World.
Every year there is plenty in this exhibition to warrant a visit, and the new features added always prove of an educational merit. This season is no exception to the past and the management announce many of the new things from an historical point of view. The exhibition appears in Lafayette on Oct. 24th.
There will be a grand production of the heroic charge up San Juan Hill. In order that this event shall be made as realistic as possible, Col. Cody has secured a detachment of Roosevelt's Rough Riders who took part in this battle and who appear in the New York production. Among those who will take part are Tom Isbel, whose name is in history as having fired the first shot at Santiago, and who received in return eight bullets and was thought to be dead; William McGinty, whom. Col. Roosevelt in his magazine article refers to as having showed much bravery, and who was also wounded; Bill Cline and Walter M. Cook, a scout, who also carry scars from their experience with the Spaniards; Sergeant Gerald A. Webb, who was injured, will also participate, in addition to many others, all of whom took a prominent part in the memorial battle, and all of whom served under the command of Col. Roosevelt. The entire force of the company will be brought together in this latest addition to the Wild West.
For the first time Philippine horsemen and woman will be soon in their own style of riding and sport. The Hawaiians, composed of men and women, have a peculiar style of riding and their religious dancing is a revelation to the American public. Porto Ricans and Cubans, who have fought in different battles, the Queen's Own Lancers, German Cuirassiers, Arabs, United States Artillerymen and Cavalrymen, South American Gauchos, Cowboys on bucking broncos, Sioux Indians, and others. Annie Oakley, who will do some new tricks in the shooting line; Johnnie Baker, who is an expert marksman, and the only Buffalo Bill. There will be a grand street parade on the morning of the exhibition. One performance only, afternoon at 2 o'clock.
Lafayette Gazette 10/6/1900.
Death or Mr. J. D. Cotter.
During the month of September, which has just ended, The Gazette was called upon to chronicle the death of several good citizens of Lafayette. In that month a number of homes in this community were stricken by the pitiless hand of death. Peculiarly sad have been the blows inflicted by the dread visitor who comes in all seasons and leaves behind wounds which time alone can heal.
This week The Gazette's unpleasant task is to tell of the death of another citizen whose sudden demise is accompanied by circumstances which are unusually sad.
We have reference to the death o Mr. J. D. Cotter who died last Sunday at his home in Lafayette. Mr. Cotter was 41 years of age and was the father of two small children. Up to a couple of weeks ago he was apparently in splendid health and when he became ill some days ago it was not believed for a moment that his robust frame would so soon succumb to the attacks of the disease.
Mr. Cotter was a hard working man; dutiful husband and father and a good friend. He was a native of Mississippi, but came here seven years ago. Since he came here he made many friends who sincerely sympathize with his wife and children in their present bereavement. Lafayette Gazette 10/6/1900.
Wednesday evening, at 6:30 o'clock, an impressive marriage ceremony was solemnized at the Catholic church, the contracting parties being Mr. Paul Krauss and Miss Julie Revillon.
The bride, who is a stately brunette, was richly and becomingly attired in an elegant costume of tan and brown silk. She was escorted to the altar by her brother, Mr. J. Revillon, and preceded by her sister, the pretty Miss Lucille Revillon, as maid of honor. The bridal party was met at the chancel by the groom and his best man, Mr. Felix Mouton.
' Miss Revillon is one of Lafayette's loveliest and most popular young ladies, and Mr. Krauss, who is one of our successful business men, is highly esteemed in the community of which he has been a resident for several years.
Their numerous friends join The Gazette in wishing them much happiness.
Mr. James Hannen and Miss Antonia Raggio were married in the Catholic church at Beaumont last Wednesday evening at 6 o'clock. Mr. Hannen is a former resident of Lafayette and is well known here, particularly in railroad circles, having been an employee of the Southern Pacific at this place for a number of years. He is now in the mercantile business at Beaumont.
Miss Raggio, has many friends in Lafayette, having been born and reared in this community. For several years Miss Raggio formed part of the home circle of her uncle, Mr. C. H. Lusted, of this town. The bride was accompanied to Beaumont by her father, Mr. John Raggio, Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Lusted and a few friends who attended the marriage and returned to Lafayette the following day.
Mr. and Mrs. Hannen will make their home in Beaumont.
Lafayette Gazette 10/6/1900.
OGDEN AND COLGIN
Indicted by the Acadia Grand Jury for Shooting O. P. Guilbeau.
We are informed by the Signal that the Grand Jury now in session at Crowley has found and returned a true bill against Carlton Ogden and C. E. Colgin or shooting with intent to murder. The readers of this paper no doubt remember that some time last November Mr. Octave P. Guilbeau was shot and seriously wounded while on an excursion train between Duson and Rayne. An affidavit was made against Ogden and Colgin charging them with the crime. It is unnecessary to repeat the details of this disgraceful affair which came near resulting in Mr. Guilbeau's death.
A number of persons from this parish who were present when the shooting occurred, were called to Crowley to testify before the grand jury. Lafayette Gazette 10/6/1900.
Sheriff Broussard left last Saturday to take fifteen prisoners to the state penitentiary. These prisoners were convicted during the term of court which has just ended. Fifty-four convictions were obtained during the term. Of course in this number are included the thirty-nine misdemeanor cases.
This, we believe, speaks well for the court. The Gazette does not believe in giving undeserved praise to any one, and for that reason it is not in the habit of promiscuously throwing bouquets at the officers. This paper feels, however, that in this instance it is doing but simple justice to Judge Debaillon, District Attorney Campbell, Sheriff Broussard, and last though not least to Clerk Ed. Voorhies to say that these gentlemen have worked well and diligently and are entitled to a fair measure of credit for their able and well-directed efforts toward upholding the supremacy of the law. It must be added, too, that the court officials were supported by excellent grand and petit jurors. Let us hope that the good work, so well begun, will continue. The supremacy of the law is a consummation devotedly to be wished by all worthy citizens. Let it be known that here in Lafayette the law is supreme and that its administration is not a matter of favoritism. The officers should be encouraged by a healthful public opinion without the existence of which no good results can be had.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/6/1900.
The persons interested in the movement to build an Episcopal church in Lafayette will be pleased to learn of the donation made by Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Parkerson. At a meeting held by the Episcopal guild last Monday, at the home of Mr. Parkerson, the following communication was received:
This generous donation of Mr. and Mrs. Parkerson has greatly encouraged the ladies who are engaged in the work of raising the adequate funds to secure a place of worship for those of the Episcopal faith. The site donated is a most suitable one. Lafayette Gazette 10/6/1900.
The Public Schools.
The public schools throughout the parish opened last Monday. The town schools opened with a larger number of children than ever before. The attendance at the High School is 108 and at the Primary School 104. Miss McLauin, of Marksville, has charge of the Primary School. Miss McLaurin is a graduate of the State Normal and comes to Lafayette highly recommended.
Last week we omitted to mention that the Lafayette High School had been officially recognized by the State Board as a high school. The Gazette congratulates Prof. LeRosen through whose efforts this recognition was secured. Lafayette Gazette 10/6/1900.
Campaign Committee Arranges for Dates and Speakers.
[N. O. Times-Democrat, Oct. 4.
The campaign committee of the Third Congressional District met last night at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and mapped out the campaign in that district. There were present: Congressman Broussard, Democratic candidate for re-election; T. Gordon Reddy, W. H. Price, Thomas Berry, John Marks, J. D. Schaefer, A. V. Fournet, Senator Murphy J. Foster, J. E. Dupuy and A. M. Martin.
The situation in the third district was thoroughly discussed, and it was the unanimous sentiment of those present that the conditions in the district were never better than they are t0-day. It was not in the range of possibility, it was asserted, for the Republicans to carry a single parish in the district. In several parishes, notably Ascension, Assumption, St. Mary and Iberville, the Republicans would make an earnest fight, but they were not considered at all dangerous in any one of the parishes.
The campaign as agreed upon last night, includes the following appointments, there being two campaign parties:
Lafayette Gazette 10/6/1900.
L. S. U. BANQUET.
To-night the local alumni and ex-cadets of the Louisiana State University will have a banquet at the Crescent hotel. Mr. L. S. Graham and Mr. H. L. Favrot, of New Orleans, will be present. It is hoped that the University boys in and around Lafayette will attend the banquet and assist in the organization of a branch association here. Lafayette Gazette 10/6/1900.
Holds an Important Meeting - Much Business Transacted.
The School Board held a meeting last Thursday. There were present: A. Olivier, president; Alex Delhomme, N. P. Moss, A. C. Guilbeau, Pierre Landry, Sam Montgomery.
Considerable time was taken up in the settlement of some trouble relative to the appointment of a teacher for the Stelly school, in the sixth ward. It appears Miss Iola Bascle was appointed teacher of this school by the appointing committee. It subsequently transpired that Mr. Adolphe Guilbeau was an applicant for the school, but had failed to send his application to the appointing committee. For a while the Board seemed undecided whether it would sustain the action of the committee of appoint Mr. Guilbeau despite the fact that Miss Bascle had been selected by the appointing committee. Before the question was put to a vote a solution of the trouble was offered by the appointment of Miss Bascle to the Royville school, thus creating a vacancy in the Stelly school which was filled by the appointment of Mr. Guilbeau.
Through some misunderstanding Misses Philomene Doucet and Dora Wimberly had been appointed to teach in the Isle des Cannes or Burt Smith school. The matter was settled by the retention of Miss Doucet who taught this school last year.
The appointment of a teacher for the Ridge school was referred back to the appointing committee.
A resolution was adopted by the Board compelling each family patronizing the public schools to pay a yearly fee of $1. This money is to be used to buy fuel and defray other expenses incurred for the comfort and welfare of the pupils. This rule and welfare of the pupils. This rule is to be rigidly enforced. Heretofore little attention has been paid to it.
Upon the motion of Dr. Moss an appropriation of $20 was made to be used toward the dissemination of literature for the purpose of familiarizing the teachers, pupils and patrons of the schools with the laws and regulations of the Board.
Mr. Guilbeau was authorized to postpone the opening of certain schools in the sixth ward on account of the cotton-picking season. The same action was taken in regard to the 7th ward.
Judge Leopold Hirsch was elected janitor without opposition. There was an unofficial proviso, however, that the judge furnish the members with ice water.
Dr. Moss was authorized to purchase furniture to decently equip the Board's meeting room.
Dr. Moss was authorized to purchase furniture to decently equip the Board's meeting room.
Trustees were appointed for a number of the wards. The following trustees were appointed for the town schools. T. M. Biossat, O. C. Mouton, Felix Demanade.
A resolution was adopted to hold the institutes on the last Saturday of each month. The attendance of teachers will be made compulsory. Lafayette Gazette 10/6/1900.
Rev. Geo. Jackson will administer the sacrament of the Lord's supper at the Methodist church, Sunday morning at the Methodist church, Sunday morning at 11 o'clock.
C. C. Wier, pastor. Preaching every Sunday at 11 a. m. and 7:30 p. m. Sunday school 10 a. m. Epworth League, Sunday evening 6:45. Prayer meeting, Wednesday 7:30 p. m. Song service, Friday 7:30 p. m. Lafayette Gazette 10/6/1900.
Holds a Regular Meeting - Resolution Relative to a Parish Fair.
The Police Jury met last Thursday with all the members present.
Mr. Alex Broussard reported Pascal Molaison's bridge completed and the same accepted.
Complaints have been made to the Jury relative to the encroachments of Mr. Nelson Higginbotham on the public road near his place, a resolution, appointing a committee of two to notify Mr. Higginbotham to release the parish property, was adopted. Messrs. J. O. Blanchet and Albert P. Labbe were appointed on said committee.
Mr. Saul Broussard was authorized to repair several bridges in the 6th ward and Messrs. Alcide Broussard and A. R. Lamulle were appointed to assist in said work.
The sum of $60 was appropriated to pay balance due on public school house at Alex Martin's.
The resignation of Dr. Geo. DeLaureal as president of the Board of Health was laid on the table and a resolution was adopted urging the doctor, in view of his valuable services and much appreciated zeal in behalf of the public health during the past few years, to reconsider his resignation.
Messrs. Buchanan and Mouton reported the results of the Farmer's Institute and recommend that in the future such meetings be made the occasion of public fairs, the Jury appropriating a reasonable amount to carry out the plan and provide prizes. The report was adopted and next year Lafayette will, without doubt, hold a genuine country fair. Farmers, stock-breeders, poultry-men and artisans should take not of this and prepare for a lively competition.
Mr. T. J. Breaux, of Carencro, proposed to compromise a judgment obtained against him by the parish for liquor licenses by the payment of $450 and all costs except penalty and interest. This proposition was accepted.
Mr. Buchanan offered a resolution authorizing the issuance of the Industrial School bonds by the Board of Trustees of the Industrial School. This resolution was adopted.
It was agreed that $2.50 per diem be allowed for all committee work.
The Jury then adjourned.
Lafayette Gazette 10/6/1900.
A Baton Rouge Romance.
[New Orleans Picayune.]
The Lafayette schools are minus a teacher, but Mr. N. K. Knox, Jr., of Baton Rouge, has won one of the prettiest brides of the year - Miss Mabel Hilliman, of Hope Villa. The marriage ceremony was performed in suite of rooms No. 52, at the Hotel Grunewald, yesterday afternoon at 1 o'clock, by Rev. E. W. Hunter, rector of St. Anna's Episcopal church.
It was romance right and the older heads who helped the young couple along could not resist falling into the delightful spirit that pervaded the happy event. Miss Mabel Hillman left her home at Hope Villa to go to Lafayette, La., where she is a teacher in the schools. She stopped in Baton Rouge to visit friends, and then came on down to the city. She reached the Grunewald Hotel Saturday evening, where friends were joined. She had no thought of getting married at this time.
The same train that brought Miss Hillman also carried Mr. Knox, a fine young chap, who comes from a prominent family. The two had been sweethearts, but marriage was not expected.
Sunday in the city together was the fatal day - Cupid one.
Mrs. Emma Bell, of the Grunewald, and an aunt of young Knox, got onto the carefully guarded secret, and she knew better than to resist love. She took the case in hand and arranged everything so perfectly that after the wedding breakfast was served, and all was over, she was voted the best guardian that ever happened.
The bride is 19 years of age, and the groom 22 years. By the way, it was his birthday - this Oct. 1.
Some little trouble was experienced in getting a license, but one was finally secured.
The Knoxes in Baton Rouge got wind of the pretty scheme and wired to friends in the Grunewald. Others telephoned. Up the country it seemed to be the impression that it was an elopement.
H. L. Sanders, of Baton Rouge, jumped on the train and came to the city. Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Gourrier, of Baton Rouge, got down in time. They were all present at the ceremony. Mr. Sanders was the best man, and Mrs. Bell gave the bride away. Mr. Drewes, of this city was also present.
The groom is the son of Mr. N. Knox, a leading planter near Baton Rouge. His son will reside on one of his plantations, and there is where they will make their home.
They finished a hastily prepared wedding breakfast in the apartments of Mr. and Mrs. Gourrier just in time to catch a carriage, amid the shower of rice from the ladies entrance, and to get the 4:20 o'clock Valley train for Baton Rouge. From the New Orleans Picayune and in the Lafayette Gazette 10/6/1900.
City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., Oct. 1, 1900. - The City Council met this day in regular session with Mayor C. D. Caffery, presiding. Members present: J. E. Martin, J. O. Mouton, F. E. Girard. H. Hohorst, Geo. DeBlanc, C. O. Mouton, F. Demanade.
Moved and duly seconded that minutes of previous meetings be approved as read. Carried.
Moved by Dr. Girard, seconded by C. O. Mouton, that the street committee be authorized to employ some one to repair plank walks. Carried.
Moved by F. E. Girard, seconded by J. O. Mouton, that the following reports be accepted and spread on minutes. Carried.
Moved by Geo. DeBlanc seconded by F. E. Girard, that the railroad crossing on second street be ordered opened without further delay and that the Southern Pacific Railroad C0. be notified of this order.
(Yeas) Geo. A. DeBlanc, F. E. Girard, H. Hohorst, C. O. Mouton, F. Demanade. Motion carried.
The following bills were approved:
Moved and duly seconded that Mayor C. D. Caffery be issued a duplicate warrant for bill approved July 3, 1899, original being lost. Carried.
The petition of the following named physicians, regarding the raising of pigeons in the corporation, was laid over to next regular meeting for consideration: G. A. Martin, M. D; A. R. Trahan, M. D; J. D. Trahan, M. D.; J. E. Trahan, druggist; J. F. Mouton, M. D; F. S. Mudd, M. D; P. M. Girard, M. D; Thos. B. Hopkins, M. D; J. L. Duhart, M. D; R. B. Raney, M. D; A. Gladu, M. D.
The petition of citizens asking for a fire plug near power house was turned over to the Water Works & Electric Light committee to ascertain probable cost and report at next regular meeting.
Moved by F. E. Girard, seconded by Geo. DeBlanc, that street committee investigate the obstruction of Congress street by property owners and report at next regular meeting. Carried.
There being no further business the Council adjourned.
C. D. CAFFERY, Mayor.
LOUIS LACOSTE, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 10/6/1900.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 10/6/1900.
The Ladies' Five O'clock Tea Club will hold its opening meeting on Tuesday, October 9, at 4 p. m., at the residence of Mr. B. J. Pellerin. A full attendance is desired. F. Ramsey, Corresponding Secretary.
Ice Cream Festival. - There will be an ice cream festival in A. M. Martin's hall, Lincoln avenue, on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 5 o'clock p. m. All are invited to attend and help a good cause.
Alley Sprole was the winner of a fine horse and buggy raffled at Crowley a few days ago. The ticket cost Ally 70 cents and the prize is worth at least $250.
Mrs. A. B. Denbo and children left last Monday to spend some time with relatives in Indiana.
The Gazette returns thanks to Mr. O. L. Prosser for four of the longest stalks of sugar cane that we have seen this season. They were produced on Mr. O. L. Prosser's farm in St. Landry parish. Lafayette Gazette 10/6/1900.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of October 6th, 1894:
Last Wednesday morning there passed through this place Geronimo and the remnants of his band of erstwhile Apache warriors, en route to Fort Sill where they are to be permanently located.
After the subjugation of this band of Indians a few years back, they were taken to Southern Alabama, and located near Mt. Vernon barracks where it is said all have largely acquired the arts of civilization. The party occupied a special train and were under the escort of U. S. Soldiers. On arriving at Ft. Sill the Indians will be assigned lands by Capt. Marion P. Maus, U. S. A. Lafayette Advertiser 10/6/1894.
An Ingenious Electric Dynamo That Promises to Yield a Fortune.
An invention and inventor attracting considerable attention just now is Mr. Hilbert Falk, of New Orleans.
He was born in Lafayette, La. At the age of eleven he began to study photography, and conducted a gallery successfully until his father removed to this city. He had made many experiments in electricity and his first success was in constructing an electric dynamo which he used in his father's store. Recognizing how much much power it required to operate the machine he resolved to invent a dynamo wherein no steam or other power was needed. To effect this he studied different makes of electric dynamos. After various experiments which failed, but satisfied that he would obtain good results he continued his efforts, and to-day he can give to the world the greatest invention of the age, invention which Edison, Morse and other great electricians have been working hard to accomplish, but have failed. The cost of building these machines is very small in comparison to the machines now in use. It does away with the necessity of steam or other power to operate it. It has always been Mr. Falk's ambition to give to the world something that no other man in this great world has done. Mr. Falk is also the inventor of a machine to produce gas. This is a very good invention. The principal feature of this invention is in the production of the gas, it costing only six cents per 1,000 feet. Mr. Falk will soon have one of each of his inventions on exhibition in this city. Mr. Falk has also experimented with doing away with the trolly on street cars, and has now partially succeeded, the power station, motor and all in on the car. He does not use storage batteries but his own mechanical device.
From experiments with the dynamo it is very positive that it does away with the necessity of steam power for the production of electricity, like now in use. It is a very simple solution of the problem, one that any ordinary electrician can understand. All that has to be done is to start it by hand and it is run by its own power as long as desired. It can be stopped and started at will. In the construction of this machine for the producing of sufficiently to supply 100 arc lamps, 190,000 feet of copper wire, No. 36 is used. The wire is not much thicker than a hair. The entire secret there is in the machine is how does it make its own motive power. It is not so-called perpetual motion. It is purely a scientific and practical application of results.
Mr. Falk is a young man, a thoughtful student and promises to attain distinction in his efforts as an inventor. From The Jewish Times and in the Lafayette Advertiser 10/6/1894.
What is the Remedy?
In our last issue, under the caption "Whose is the Fault?" we referred to the frequent comparisons residents of Lafayette made of their own town with other localities, always to the disadvantage of Lafayette. We intimated that the underlying reason for this might be directly traceable to the very class of persons most pronounced in their condemnation of home, and queried "What is the remedy?" Let everyone ponder but for a moment and answer for himself. We must emulate the example set by those same communities we are want to praise so much, if we wish to keep pace with the progress of the age. Individuals must sink personal prejudices and subordinate private ends to public requirements. Selfish motives and sordidness of spirit must give way to those better and nobler impulses that prompt men to deeds of valor and make them worthy of the name of men. Petty differences must be swept away by good-fellowship, and no longer be allowed to operate as an incubus to the advancement of the common good. Where the public weal is involved men should be not only willing but anxious to make reasonable personal sacrifices that unity of action may be secured. These are requirements that make it possible for a community to lead in the great march of progress and enlightenment characteristic of the nineteenth century:
It must be, or we shall ever be branded as laggards who are reaping their just deserts. Co-operations is the remedy. It is from this source springs the motor that moves the universe; that concentration of power and energy that yields to no obstacle human ingenuity can overcome. Let it no longer be said that Lafayette is a fossil town because there is not among its citizens a dozen men capable of rising above the smallness of their natures and pull together in matters affecting the commonweal and the material advancement of their town. Thus have we been branded by our more united and energetic brethren of neighboring towns. It is time that we remove this blotch from our escutcheon, this accusation whose mere mention should cause the blood to tingle in our veins and urge us on to deeds that will win for us a less uncomplimentary reputation than we now enjoy.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/6/1894.
Sidewalks Need Repair. - The plank-walk system of the town is in imminent deed of repairment. This office is in constant receipt of complaints regarding the unsafe condition of certain portions of the walk, pedestrians being compelled to exercise great care in walking to avoid being tripped. It is hoped that the local authorities will give the subject the attention it deserves, without further delay.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/6/1894.
To the Advertiser:
Parties going out for an evening carriage drive, or desiring to exercise road horses, will find a road nicely graded up for that purpose by going up Lincoln Ave. to the Cochran road turning to the left, past Sterling Grove and down Second Avenue to the railroad - a circuit of a little over a mile - without having to pass, every few rods, over the obnoxious high crossings to be found in nearly every other part of the town.
Lafayette Advertiser 10/6/1894.
Mass Meeting in Lafayette Parish.
Scott, La., Sept. 29. - Quite an enthusiastic meeting was here this evening. The chairman, Mr. A. Delhomme, in an eloquent and patriotic address stated the object of the meeting and counseled harmony and unity in the coming Congressional campaign. S. Begnaud and P. O. Richard were appointed as delegates to the Democratic congressional convention.
The following resolutions were unanimously adopted:
Resolved by the Democracy of the first ward of Lafayette parish in mass meeting assembled: 1. We reaffirm our allegiance to the Democratic party, national and State. 2. We view with profound regret the withdrawal of some of our party which ever attempted and finally succeeded in rescuing Louisiana from the untold horrors of negro domination, and that we earnestly hope when the sober second thought which ever on the judgment waits shall come, and reason shall resume its way that our late friends will hesitate on the brink before they plunge into the abyss of demoralization which their course will inevitably create. That we are profoundly impressed with the fact that it is suicidal for the white people of this State to divide on economic questions and thereby throw the balance of power into the hands of the venal purchasable negro vote. That we view with profound astonishment the spectacle of a love feast between white ex-democrats and the vultures of the reconstruction period.
3. Resolved, That we fully endorse the course of our Senators and extend to them our hearty thanks for the efforts in behalf of our State.
4. That we extend thanks to the national Democracy for the protection afforded our rice industry, for their efforts to cheapen the cost of living for the poor man. That we appreciate the action of the House on the sugar question, not so much as a treat to the sugar planters, but as a rebuke to the infamous Sugar Trust. That we confidently hope provision will be made to pay the bounty this year, and for this year only, that their efforts will re-establish the Democratic principles that sugar is an ideal revenue producer.
5. That our delegates to the convention of Oct. 3 be uninstructed except in so far as to vote for no man for nominee who will not stand by the caucus action the reorganization of the House of Representatives.
6. That we call upon all true Democrats in the parish of Lafayette, regardless of past factional differences, to come together and make a united and determined fight against a common enemy, the Republican party.
Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be furnished the Picayune and Times-Democrat, the Lafayette Advertiser. Lafayette Advertiser 10/6/1894.
District Court was opened last Monday morning for the regular fall term. Mr. Aurelien Olivier was appointed Foreman of the Grand Jury and that body was then completed by drawing the following named citizens: J. Arthur Roy, Harrison Theall, A. A. Morgan, Joseph LeBlanc, Edward Doucet, Numa Breaux, Alexandre Verot, Hugh Hutchinson, Martial Begnaud, Ernest Francez, Alfred J. Mouton, A. A. Delhomme, Odillon Blanchet, Alonzo Lacey, Albert Delahoussaye.
Judge Allen then instructed them as to their powers and duties, and called attention to the fact that there had been but few violations of law since the last term of Court. This grand jury is the first drawn under the new jury law, and is one of the best and most intelligent that the parish has ever had.
The new law, by the way, seems to be well thought of, and no doubt is a decided improvement on the old law. The process of getting a jury is simplified, and the important aim of securing "good men and true" for this duty made more certain.
It is not likely there will be more than one week devoted to the trial of criminal cases, there being no serious charges pending and not a great many of lesser grade.
Yesterday morning Foreman, Perry and Harrington, accused of cattle stealing, pleaded guilty. Lafayette Advertiser 10/6/1894.
Capt. J. T. Dowdell arrived here yesterday for the purpose of locating and constructing the tramway from the Southern Pacific railroad to Col. Gus. A. Breaux's plantation. The work of grading and tracklaying will be started without delay and pushed to a rapid completion. Lafayette Advertiser 10/6/1894.
The explosion of a lamp in a cabin rented out by Mr. Hebert Billeaud, caused an alarm of fire to be given at night fall last Thursday. No damage resulted aside of the great feeling of uneasiness created among the citizens until the reason for the alarm could be ascertained. Lafayette Advertiser 10/6/1894.
Pastor Randle Back.
Mr. T. S. Randle, the beloved pastor of the M. E. Church, is again in charge of his fold after an absence of many weeks spent under medical treatment of New Orleans. Mr. Randle is much improved in health we were pleased to learn. Lafayette Advertiser 10/6/1894.
Tom Hopkins Learning Pharmacology.
Mr. Tom Hopkins took leave of his family and friends last Sunday and boarded the west bound train for Galveston as his destination, to matriculate in the Pharmacy department of the University of Texas. The regular term of the institution covers a period of seven months and during this time Tom will be greatly missed by friends at home. Lafayette Advertiser 10/6/1894.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 10/6/1894.
The parish School Board meets to-day.
Mrs. John O. Mouton is spending a few days in New Orleans.
Mr. L. G. Stelly, of Carencro, visited Lafayette on business, the 3rd instant.
Mr. P. Richard and family are now living in the residence opposite the Lisbony Hotel.
Our Israelite friends celebrated their New Year day last Sunday, after the regular custom of the race.
Mitchell Foot, an exemplary colored citizen of Lafayette, died on the 4th instant after a long and painful illness.
This is court week in Lafayette. Judging from the actions of some young people every week is court week in Lafayette. The popularity of courting does not seem to diminish with time.
Company F, 5th U. S. Infantry, commanded by Capt. Geo. F. Borden, passed through this place Sunday on train number 17, on its way from Texas to Fort McPherson, near Atlanta, Ga. The company consisted of sixty men.
Col. Gus. A. Breaux arrived from New Orleans yesterday to lend what assistance he could to Capt. J. T. Dowdell, in the matter o the tramway that is soon to connect his place and others with the railroad, at a point near Falk's brickyard. Lafayette Advertiser 10/6/1894.
From the Lafayette Gazette of October 6th, 1894:
LET IT BE A WHITE MAN'S AFFAIR.
We learn from the New Orleans papers that a plan has been suggested and is under consideration by leaders of both the Democratic and national Republican parties in this district by which it is proposed to have a white primary to choose a candidate for Congress.
No question as to party affiliations or preferences are to be asked, but white men of all parties are to be allowed to vote, and the voter is not expected to support the candidate, but he simply binds himself not to vote against him. This is eminently fair and if the boast of the bolters that they want to eliminate the negro from politics is sincere, they will agree to this proposition. With a white primary the negro - the turbulent, obnoxious and dangerous factor - is left out, by the white people. If a majority desire that a Republican represent us in Congress, let their wish prevail. But, if a majority of the white voters favor the election of a Democrat, the negro should not, and unless we are very much mistaken, will not hold the balance of power, thereby defeating the will of the intelligent and tax paying part of the population. If Judge Beattie, the bolters' choice, is as much opposed to negro supremacy as his adherents believe, he will readily consent to submit his claims to the white people. Let it be white man vs. white man, and the degrading influence of negro politics be a thing of the past. Brand with eternal shame the one who will revive it. With a campaign conducted by and participated in by white people no one should fear the result. Lafayette Gazette 10/6/1894.
Sidewalk Accident. - Last week a lady walking the plank-walk on the street facing the Gazette office experienced a fall and narrowly escaped serious injuries. This accident, like a similar one which occurred some time ago, was caused by planks which are allowed to remain loose, and fail to receive the immediate attention of the proper persons. Lafayette Gazette 10/6/1894.
An Unjust Law. - Last week two young men on their way to Texas caught Minos Garret, a negro youth, in the act of placing obstructions on the railroad track near this town with the evident intention of wrecking a train. The young men appreciated the gravity of the offense, informed the railroad officials of the facts of the case and followed the arrest of Garret, who admitted his guilt, but used an excuse the refusal of the railroad men to let him beat his way. The two men, who had probably saved the lives of several human beings, were held as witnesses and placed in jail to insure their appearance in court. We do not blame the officers for this as they have done nothing but their duty; but a law that will permit such a rank injustice is an outrage. Two men going their way peaceably, discover a little scoundrel about to commit a dastardly crime. They voluntarily give the information to the officers, and because they are needed to give their testimony in court they are put in jail like felons, and though guilty of no crime are kept incarcerated until the State has more time for them. We repeat, in jailing these men the officers only performed their duty, but what we protest against is the law whose execution requires such gross injustice.
Lafayette Gazette 10/6/1894.
The regular criminal term of court for October convened here Monday morning, with Judge A. C. Allen presiding. As a result of the new jury law, an unusually large number of representative citizens were present at the opening of the court. Judge Allen appointed Mr. Aurelien Olivier foreman of the grand jury. The sheriff then drew the following fifteen names to serve as grand jurors: J. A. Roy, H. Theall, A. A. Morgan, Albert Delahoussaye, Joseph LeBlanc, Edward Doucet, Numa Breaux, Alex Verrot, Hugh Hutchinson, Martin Begnaud, Ernest Francez, Alf. J. Mouton, A. A. Delhomme, Odillon Blanchet, Alonzo Lacey. Under the present law the grand jury is not finally discharged before their successors are drawn at the next term of court. Should the necessity arise at anytime the judge is empowered to call the grand jurors together. If a man is accused of an unbailable offense it will now be possible for the court to give him a speedy trial. The first case will be tried Monday for which day the petit jury is summoned. The jurors are bound to secrecy and no one knows who they are until their names are called in court. This will, to a great extent, prevent the "fixing" of juries, and will be a thorn in the path of unscrupulous lawyers whose motto is "that the end justifies the means." Lafayette Gazette 10/6/1894.
The Grand Jury's Report.
The grand jury concluded its labors Thursday evening. Twenty-seven true bills were returned with the name in blank. The following are "not true bills."
Homer Comeau, horse stealing; Aristide, wantonly and maliciously killing a dog; Jack Mitchell, assault and battery; Edmond Berard, et als., larceny; Wm. Harry, assault with a dangerous weapon; Pierre Lombert, et als., assault with a dangerous weapon; Henry Robertson, larceny; Joseph Levy, assault and battery; Hemp Benton and Olivier Guidry, murder; Adam Primeaux, rape; Gustave Thibodaux, cutting with intent to kill.
Judging from the witness summoned it appears that a number of Sunday law cases have been examined.
The grand jury states in the report that it found the jail in good condition and the prisoners supplied with good food and comfortable bedding. The offices of the clerk and sheriff were also found in complete and perfect order. It recommends a coat of paint on the clerk's office to keep the zinc on the porches from rusting, and suggests to the Police Jury the necessity of binding the original index of conveyances. The attention of the Police Jury is called to the want of drainage near the clerk's office, the water gradually causing the building to sink. After examination the books of the parish treasurer showed a balance of $286.74 for the parish fund and $200.09 for the schools. The report states that the road overseers are doing their duty faithfully, and the roads are in better condition than for years past. The drainage fund has been put to good use. The schools of the parish are reported in a flourishing condition, the last school session extending ten months and the present one promises be as long. The $3,500 donation of the Police Jury to the school fund will be of incalculable value to public education. The high school, under an efficient corps of teachers, is in full operation with satisfactory attendance. The grand jury notes with pleasure that crime is on the decrease in the parish, but regrets that the Sunday law, in some instances, has been openly violated, and hopes with the assistance of the able district attorney this law will not be as frequently violated in the future. The report concludes with the grateful thanks of the grand jurors to the district attorney for services rendered and to the judge for his able and instructive charge. Lafayette Gazette 10/6/1894.
The Judge's Charge.
Judge Allen's charge to the grand jury was able and exhaustive. The eminent gentleman always delivers a good charge, and his instructions to the grand inquisitors last Monday were no exception to the rule. He spoke to them in plain and forcible language and in his own pleasing style impressed upon them the important duties which they were called upon to perform. He laid particular stress upon the necessity of enforcing the law prohibiting the carrying of a concealed weapon. The judge said, and truly too, that to this dangerous and reprehensible practice could be attributed nine-tenths of the murders committed in this country. He called upon the grand jurors to indict every one guilty of this infraction of the law. The judge referred to the new law under which the present jury was drawn. He said that in his opinion it was a great improvement on the former law.
The grand jury is composed of good and intelligent citizens, and is considered one of the best ever impaneled in this parish. Lafayette Gazette 10/6/1894.
The following parties plead guilty Friday morning: Jean Louis Baptiste, larceny of a watch; Treville Brown, plead guilty of carrying a concealed weapon and not guilty of keeping a disorderly house; Jack Mitchell, disturbing the peace and maltreating one Domingue; Minos Garrett, attempting to wreck a train; J. Broussard, stealing two pigs; Pierre Jenkins, stealing $20; E. Foreman and O. Perry, stealing a cow. Mitchell, Foreman and Perry are white men. Lafayette Gazette 10/6/1894.
The perseverance club of this place and the Bayou Carencro club will cross bats at the diamond here next Sunday afternoon. An invitation is extended to the ladies to be present. A hotly contested game is anticipated. Lafayette Gazette 10/6/1894.
To the Lafayette Gazette:
An interesting letter each week from Totodem Verbis giving a nice description of the northwestern portion of our parish induces me to say something about the northeastern portion. Having many friends in and about beautiful Carencro, I know that Totidem Vervis does not exaggerate in the least. It is doubtful which is the richest land, there or here. It is about alike all over the parish, but the eastern portion is higher and drains better than this, it is more suitable to the cultivation of cotton and cane while rice is our money crop. Duson is our town, and though not as large as New Orleans it is quite a little village with live, enterprising inhabitants. Three years since we shipped 55,000 sacks of rice and expect to ship more than half that much this year. There is a large amount of cotton raised here, but for want of a gin we will have to haul it to Rayne and Scott. A gin here this year would have passed over 400 bales. This is a good opportunity for an enterprising man with a small capital.
As local news is always interesting, I will tell your many readers how we live here; fine fat beef at 5 cents per barrel, egg 15 cents per dozen, large chickens 20 cents a piece, rice potatoes, vegetables of all kinds we raise in abundance.
Two of our young couples are matrimoniously inclined: Mr. Jno. Hoffpauir will marry Miss Clara Foreman next Thursday at Solomon Morgan's, and Thomas Hoffpauir will wed Miss Cora McCoy at Silas Hoffpauir's Thursday week. There are two more couples who are acting suspiciously and it is feared that they also contemplate matrimony.
I think those sugar planters are making a bad move to join the Republicans. They must have forgotten what Louisiana was a few years ago under Warmoth, Pinchback & Co. No Republicanism for me; Democracy forever. This move will not amount to much as the white people will in a majority and they will never consent to a return of negro rule. With many good wishes for Our Gazette, I am,
Lafayette Gazette 10/6/1894.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 10/6/1894.
Superintendent Owens, of the Southern Pacific, arrived Wednesday and left Thursday morning on a special for Algiers.
H. A. Eastin is painting the dwelling house recently purchased by Joseph Ducote.
E. Constantin returned home Tuesday after an absence of several days.
Rev. Father Forge returned home Wednesday after several days spent in New Orleans.
Isaac Bendel, a leading merchant of Lake Charles, spent the Jewish holidays with his parents in this town.
Mrs. B. Falk returned Saturday night from New York where she had gone to attend the wedding of her son, Henry.
Dr. Fred Mayer, of the quarantine station was in town Sunday to the gratification of this numerous friends.
John Graser left Monday for Breaux Bridge where he was called to do some work for A. E. Broussard.
Rev. T. S. Randle returned Saturday night from New Orleans where he had gone in search of better health, and we are pleased to say he has sufficiently recovered to attend to his pastoral duties.
Second section of train No. 18 last Tuesday consisted of two baggage cars and seven coaches, containing United States soldiers and Indians for Fort Sill, Florida.
Mr. Luke Gillen and James Sockton, of Algiers, resigned their positions as Engineers on the Morgan Louisiana and Texas Railroad. Both are old employees and have a host of friends in the Railroad circle here.
Next Wednesday is the "Day of Atonement" for the Jews and in consequence the places of business kept by our Jewish citizens will be closed.
While attempting to couple cars at Opelousas one day last week Mr. J. B. Coffey received a painful and quite serious wound on his left arm. He was attended to by Dr. J. F. Mouton who bandaged his arm. Lafayette Gazette 10/6/1894.
[From the N. Y. Mail and Express.]
Few, if any, judges can be severe with a prisoner who has made them laugh. Just why this should be so is a problem for the psychologists, but that such is the case can be testified to by any one who has much to do with the courts. A case in point occurred not long ago in Center Street Police Court. An old darky had been arraigned on a charge of shooting craps.
"Deed, jedge, I didn't shoot no craps," protested the prisoner.
"How about it, officer?" asked the court.
"I saw him with my own eyes," said the policeman.
"No, no jedge," still protested the darky, "he didn't see me shootin' no craps; I wasn't playin', 'deed I wasn't."
"Now, look here," said the magistrate, "which am I to believe? The officer swears positively he saw you playing, and you swear equally as positively that you were not. What am I to do?"
The prisoner evidently appreciated the unfortunate position of the court. He scratched his head in perplexity, heaved a long sigh, and said:
"Wall, I donno, jedge; we all has our troubles."
He was discharged.
From the N. Y. Mail and Express and in the Lafayette Gazette of 10/6/1900.