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From the Lafayette Gazette of November 12th, 1898:

The Lightest Vote Ever Polled in The Parish.

 The town of Lafayette has earned the unenviable distinction of being the only precinct in the third congressional district that gave a Republican majority at the election held last Tuesday. There is no doubt that this town has a Democratic majority. It may not be as large as we would like to see it, but it is always large enough when properly marshaled under active leadership, to keep "out friends, the enemy," in a hopeless, though belligerent minority. The unexpected majority of Candidate Fontelieiu, who carried this poll by the slim vote of three, is attributable to the apathy which prevailed among the Democrats, who knew that the Democracy had no serious opposition, while the Republicans worked tooth and toe-nail for their ticket. Not that the Republicans expected to land their man, but the leader of the local forces of the g. o. p. deemed it advisable to make a show of strength at this particular time and the results last Tuesday prove that he effectively exerted himself in that direction.

 The vote throughout the parish was very light, but the majority for the Democratic candidates at the various polls shows that this old stronghold of Jeffersonian principles is not yet ready to be captured by the Republicans, whether led by old-timers or lily whites.

 The following is the vote at the different precincts.

Lafayette Gazette 11/12/1898.

The Election Case.

 The contested election which was transferred to New Iberia was tried by a jury last week. Although no evidence was adduced to prove fraud the verdict of the jury annulled the election and ordered that a new one be held within thirty days. To say that the nature of the verdict surprised those who listened to the testimony brought out during the trial is to put it mildly. So completely had the plaintiff failed to make their case that the attorneys for the defendants considered it useless to offer any evidence It is to be assumed that the jury took it for granted that fraud was committed though it refused to fix the responsibility upon either side. This extraordinary judgment does not settle the case. If by annulling the election and ordering a new one the jury means to convey the impression that there was fraud, it has failed to say who committed the fraud. There were charges against both sides but the verdict throws no light  upon the question and the people are not better off than they were before the trial of the case.

 We understand that the defendants will ask for a new trial. Whether this will be granted or not remains to be seen. In the event that it is not granted the case may be appealed. Lafayette Gazette 11/12/1898.

Special Meeting.

 The Police Jury will hold a special meeting on the 19th instant when the license matter will again be taken up. We understand that the opponents of this measure will make a strenuous effort to have the reconsideration of this question by the Jury. Lafayette Gazette 11/12/1898.

Freaks of Lightning.

During the thunder-shower which visited Lafayette last Wednesday about 3 p. m., lightning gave another example of its freakishness.

There was a sudden blinding flash as it demolished the flue of a house belonging to Mr. Edward Begnaud, then down the flue it went into the kitchen, sweeping everything from the top of the stove and leaving the stove uninjured. With a bound it jumped 7 or 8 feet away to a table which were sitting a glass pitcher and some tumblers. It passed the tumblers and smashing the pitcher into fragments, dropping into a vessel of water near the table and heating the water. Then the bolt split; one part rushed through the kitchen door which it opened without damaging in the least, and the other part glanced into the hall and struck Mrs. Begnaud and her daughter enveloping them in a flash of flame. Mrs. Begnaud was hurried to the floor unconscious, while her daughter walked a few steps and dropped senseless. They were only stunned for a few moments, however, and were now the worse for their unusual experience. The concussion from the lightning burst opened the back door and dropped three bricks at the feet of Mr. Joe Guidry who was standing in the room.

Lafayette Gazette 11/12/1898.


Home Again. - The Lafayette boys who were members of the Battery C, Louisiana Artillery, will return home to-day or to-morrow as they have been finally mustered out. The boys will doubtless be glad to be released from their military duties to become once more free American citizens. During the time of their service they fared well as they have been treated by the government. They enlisted to go to the front when their services were needed. If they were not sent beyond the borders of their own State it was no fault of theirs. Fortunately hostilities ceased before it became necessary to send them where they would have exposed to the hardships and and dangers of war. Still they volunteered to wherever ordered. In doing so they displayed an unselfish devotion to duty and showed in a practical way that they were willing to do all that a good citizen do for his country. The Gazette extends a hearty welcome to the boys and wishes them all a full measure of prosperity and happiness. They have done a good act which we are confident they will never have cause to regret. Lafayette Gazette 11/12/1898.

Reception for Lieut. Moss.

 The local camp of United Confederate Veterans and the Century Club have appointed committees to make a necessary preparations to tender a fitting reception to Lieutenant James A. Moss upon his arrival here. Lieut. Moss has made a good record as a soldier in the late war having been in the thickest of the fight at Santiago where he displayed courage and gallantry. His old Lafayette friends will be pleased to have an opportunity to extend to him their earnest congratulations.
Lafayette Gazette 11/12/1898. 

 A Sure Sign. - A sure sign that Lafayette is forging ahead as she has never done before is the large number of buildings now in course of construction. All the local carpenters and many others from adjoining towns have all the work they can attend to. It is safe to say there isn't an idle carpenter in town. Lafayette Gazette 11/12/1898.

 Married. - Mr. Eloi Broussard and Miss Idolic Duhon were married at the Catholic church in Lafayette last Tuesday evening. After the ceremony the young couple, accompanied by a number of friends and relatives, drove to their home where a reception was held in honor of the event. Lafayette Gazette 11/12/1898.

 The Honor Roll. - The following is the roll of honor at the Lafayette High School for October:  Viola Young, Annie Bell, Julia Tolson, Martha Broussard, Rouseau Langlinais, Tom Weir, Sadie McFaddin, Ned Voorhies, Anna Hopkins and Harold Demanade.
Laf. Gazette 11/12/1898.

The Sunset Route.

A feature of the sleeping car service of the Southern Pacific's Sunset Route is the second class or tourist cars, running between San Francisco and Washington twice a week, between San Francisco and Cincinnati once a week and between San Francisco and Chicago once a week in each direction, which affords second-class accommodations over the entire line of the Sunset Route four days in the week. The cars are of the most modern pattern and are operated by the Pullman Company, following closely the methods of handling their first-class sleepers. They are furnished completely with mattress, curtains, blankets, pillow-slips, new upholstered seats (cane) being put in to insure cleanliness. The rates are about half the rates charged in the first-class sleepers and are within reach of all classes of people.

Lafayette Gazette 11/12/1898.

A Broom Factory.

 A new industry in Lafayette is the broom factory in the Constantin building on the court-house square. Mr. Ramsey, the proprietor, has shown us a sample of his work which we can well recommend to the people of Lafayette. Lafayette Gazette 11/12/1898.

 At Falk's Opera House.

A. Q. Scammon's comedy, "The Real Widow Brown," was played to a good house at Falk's last Monday night. The verdict of the audience seemed to be favorable to the company. This was the first troupe that has visited our town this season. We understand that Manager Falk has several good companies on his list of attractions for this season. Lafayette Gazette 11/12/1898.

 Carpenters Hammering Away.

 A sure sign that Lafayette is forging ahead as she has never done before is the large number of buildings now in course of construction. All the local carpenters and many others from adjoining towns have all the work they can attend to. It is safe to say there isn't an idle carpenter in town. Lafayette Gazette 11/12/1898.


 Den's of Iniquity.

 To the Lafayette Gazette:

 Dear Sir - Allow a humble citizen to congratulate you on your editorial utterances relative to the high license question. I think, sir, that the good people of our town are parish should support every honest and reasonable measure to suppress or at least restrict a traffic acknowledged to be a curse and blight on the manhood and integrity of our fair community. A Creole gentleman, prominent in the social and political affairs of this State, having occupied the highest office within the gift of the people, once remarked to the writer: "Sir, were it not for saloons this country would be a paradise." Who dares challenge this statement? Let our people once understand that the saloon, question is not merely a moral or sentimental issue, but a matter vitally affecting the material interests of the country and there need be no fear as to the final decision. Would to God I had the power to portray this hideous incubus, this hot-bed of corruption in it its true light; to turn aside for a brief moment those screen doors and give the people of our town and parish a glimpse of the shameful and disgraceful midnight orgies almost nightly occurring and into which our tender youths - boys I might even say - are enticed and entrapped. God speed the day when these four blots upon our social and political organizations shall be removed and the stamp of condemnation forever affixed to a business, which destroys both body and soul. Would space permit I could show you in our parish the baneful results of this traffic, I could cite murders and various crimes attributable to the traffic. I could cite instances where men have lost their their all and now fill drunkard's graves, their wives and children being left in misery and want. But I must stop and conclude by asking a question which I leave to any candid judgment for answer:  "Who is benefited by the liquor traffic? Is it the parish that must pay the enormous criminal expenses resultant, or the poor unfortunate who is swallowed up in ruin and disgrace? Think you perchance that 'tis the widow and her fatherless children who reap the exquisite enjoyment of mourning the loss of their natural protector, and battling against fearful odds in a cold and heartless world? Nay, there can be but one answer.

 While I regret exceedingly to notice its position taken by Supt. C. F. Latiolais, the head of our public school system, and also the stand of Hon. J. O. Broussard and Prof. R. H. Broussard, I notice that a large proportion of our population are in favor of high license as a means of restricting the liquor traffic. Among the several temperance societies I note with pleasure the Catholic Knights of America, St. John's Branch, No. 792, an organization which is composed of most exemplary young men of Christian faith, banded for mutual, moral, and spiritual elevation. In an address delivered not long since, Prof. R. H. Broussard, vice-president of this society, denounced the saloons as "dens of iniquity," thus equivocally proclaiming to the world not only hos own personal convictions on the question, but also defining the position of the organization. Let every good Catholic Knight echo and re-echo the words of Prof. Broussard - "dens of iniquity," - until these abominable pest holes are banished from the face of Christian civilization, and shall no longer exhale their foul and poisonous fumes in the nostrils of a decent community.
        (Signed)   MORE ANON.
Lafayette Gazette 11/12/1898.

City Council Proceedings.

 Lafayette, La., November 7, 1898. - The council met on Monday and the members present were: Mayor Caffery, A. E. Mouton, John Hahn, Jos. Landry, Dr. G. A. Martin. Absent: Davidson, Hopkins and Bru.

 Minutes of the last meeting were read and approved:

 Mr. Melchert appeared before the Council and stated that it was absolutely necessary for the Council to take some action in regard to the Water Works & Electric Light plant, that the boilers are no longer fit for use and unless something was done immediately the plant would have to be closed down.

 To the Hon. Mayor and members of the City Council of the town of Lafayette.

 Your undersigned Finance Committee beg leave to make this our report, ending November 7, 1898.

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 For which amount the Council should order a warrant to be issued to the Collector, in payment of his commissions and in full settlement to date. We recommend that the Collector be given his quietus for all collections to date. Also recommended a quietus to the Treasurer.
          Respectfully submitted,
               A. E. MOUTON, J. J. DAVIDSON, Finance Committee.

 To the Hon. Mayor and members of the City Council.

 The special report of the Finance Committee.

 Your committee has obtained from the Bank of Lafayette, under resolutions of this body, one thousand dollars ($1,000.)

       Of the amount we have disbursed;
 To E. L. & W. W. plant......

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 From our report this day made, it appears that there is sufficient money in the treasury to the credit of the general fund and W. W. & E. L. fund, to pay the amount expended out the above loan for which we and other members of this body are bound individually towards said bank. We would ask that an appropriation of four hundred and thirty-seven dollars and thirty-seven cents ($437.37), out of the W. W. & E. L. funds, and out of general funds seventy-three dollars and twenty-one cents ($73.21), making an aggregate of five hundred and ten dollars and fifty-eight cents ($510.58)......

 To be paid as follows:

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 Respectfully submitted,
     A. E. MOUTON, J. J. DAVIDSON, Finance Committee.

           Lafayette, La., Nov. 7, 1898.
  Gentlemen - Following are receipts and disbursements since last report:

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 Respectfully submitted,
     BAXTER CLEGG, Treasurer.

               Lafayette, La., Nov. 7, 1898.
   To the Hon. Mayor and City Council of Lafayette, La.  Gentlemen:  I have collected the following amounts for the month of October:

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 Moved and seconded that Mayor sign duplicate warrant for $735.70 in favor of Gutta Percha Hose and Rubber Company, original having been sent and gone astray.

 Following accounts approved:

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 Resolved, That the rate of taxation for the current year be fixed at the rate of 7 1/2 mills on the dollar. Adopted by unanimous vote.

 The Mayor laid before the Council an ordinance fixing the license on retail liquor dealers at the same rate as that recently fixed by the police jury in accordance with the compact made with them.

 Moved by Dr. Martin, seconded by Mr. Landry, that action upon fixing said license be postponed until next regular meeting in order to get a full vote. Yeas: Dr. Martin, J. A. Landry, John Hahn and A. E. Mouton.  Nays: None.

 Resignation of A. J. Bru read and action upon same deferred.

 Council then adjourned.
C. D. CAFFERY, Mayor.
BAXTER CLEGG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 11/12/1898.

 Selected News Notes (Gazette) 11/12/1898.

 Mrs. A. B. Denbo and children returned to Lafayette Wednesday after spending some time with relatives in Indiana.

 In a letter to a young man her President Boyd of the State University, states that the institution will open on the 23rd of November. The official announcement will be made shortly.

 Don's scold about the weather, but make yourself as comfortable as possible by getting a warm blanket, some warm gloves and other winter comforts, at Moss & Co's.

 A well improved farm, two miles from the town of Lafayette, containing 60 acres of tillable soil; a commodious dwelling, outhouses, etc., is for sale or rent. A large pecan grove on the place. Also several head of stock. Apply to the Lafayette Gazette. Lafayette Gazette 11/12/1898.


 From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 11th, 1909:

 A REAL FRENCH OPERA;                 

Management of the Jefferson Theater Has Secured New Orleans French Opera Company;                                                              


 On Either January 5 or 6, Which Date Has Not Yet Been Decided.

 Lafayette is to have a performance by the French Opera Troupe now playing in New Orleans. This most desirable and fortunate event is due to the foresight and active work of the management of the Jefferson Theatre.

 The opera troupe gives through the season three performances a week. Noticing that one of the pre-Mardi Gras balls would take place on Thursday, Jan. 6, at the French Opera and that therefore there would be no performance that night, thus leaving a stretch of four or five days between performances, the idea struck the manager of the Jefferson that it might be possible to induce Manager Layolle of the French Opera troupe to make a little excursion into the country with his troupe at that time and give them the opportunity to appreciate and be appreciated by a little more of Louisiana than just the city of New Orleans.

 The idea was insistent, and responding to the suggestion he promptly made the proposition to M. Layolle to give a gala performance of some comic opera at the Jefferson Theatre, Lafayette. M. Layolle considered the matter favorably and has agreed to bring is troupe here either Jan. 5 or 6., which day has not yet been decided, and bring with him a complete orchestra of no less that eighteen musicians, to be the pick of his New Orleans orchestra.

 The comic opera to be given has not yet been decided upon, but Mr. Layolle has promised to give Lafayette a gala performance in every respect and make the occasion of the visit to Lafayette one to be long remembered.

 The price of the performance will be $2 for the entire lower floor exclusive of the boxes and $1.50 and $1 for the balcony, according to location. Tickets will be placed on sale at the Gordon Hotel in about ten days. Those living out of town wishing to have seats reserved for the performance should write to the Jefferson Theatre.

Lafayette Advertiser 11/12/1909


New Daily Service Between New Orleans and Alexandria to Be Inaugurated Nov. 14.                              
Reprinted in the Advertiser from The New Orleans Picayune.

The Southern Pacific, to meet the increased freight and passenger business over its line, will put on a new daily service to Alexandria, beginning Nov. 14. The train, which will be a mixed one, carrying freight and passengers, will leave the old ferry landing at the bend of Elysian Fields street each evening at 7:20 o'clock, reaching Alexandria at 7 o'clock the next morning. There will be a sleeper attached and every comfort and convenience will be afforded the travelers. Returning, the train will leave Alexandria at 8 o'clock each night, connecting at Lafayette with No. 7 going west, and No.8 into New Orleans. For the first few weeks, or so, the sleeper will be attached to train No. 2., which reaches New Orleans at 11:40 in the forenoon. The train out of New Orleans will make stops before Lafayette is reached at Morgan City, Franklin and New Iberia.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/12/1909                                                                  

Oil Tank Burns. - An alarm of fire was given yesterday by the engines in the Southern Pacific yards, caused by the ignition of a tank of oil. The fire department responded with its usual promptness and by a liberal use of water and cinders succeeded in putting out the fire and saving part of the oil. The task of oil was for the power plant. Superintendent Voorhies says, and was to be placed in position for unloading yesterday evening. The lack of sufficient extensions of the water mains was again illustrated in this fire. Fortunately, however, by joining all the hose of the department it made a string long enough to reach, and so the fire was able to be fought successfully. The cause of the fire was unknown.
 Lafayette Advertiser 11/12/1909


Crazy Girl Somewhat Improved.

 Nellie Stivers, the crazy mulatto girl, who ran amuck with a pistol last Sunday night and killed a negro man and woman, was somewhat improved in condition yesterday.

 During her incarceration she has been very violent and her condition has been such that she has not been expected to live. Dr. Clark the deputy coroner, has been giving her medical attention and after his visit yesterday morning he stated that her condition was better and that she had recognized him. She has been taking a little nourishment and the Doctor says there is some hope now of her recovery. Her mother and sister visit her in jail and give her needed attention. Lafayette Advertiser 11/12/1909.

 The Weather. - The weather has been somewhat palpable during the last few days, delivering an early morning coolness with a shading down towards noon, afternoon and (unreadable word) to a decided warmth, with now and then a floating cloud to give promise that though dry, nevertheless there is some rain stored away for use on occasion might not be so far away. Some of the population have been pretty well satisfied with the brand of sunshine and shadow we have been getting, while there are some who would rather have things different, but being sensible they have accepted the inevitable and been content to grumble with giving way to any demonstrative dissatisfaction.

 The weather man can't please everybody, but he tries to please each one once in a while, and that is the reason he hands out the man varieties of cool, cold, warm, hot, rainy, wet, dry and steaming weather, he hopes to hit each one's taste now and then. And no doubt he does, but there are some people even then who happen to to get up in the morning with dyspepsia, who want something else when their particular kind of weather is given them, and if they can't kick at the kind then they kick at the quantity. The old weather man has as hard a time pleasing everybody as the country newspaper editor, and that's some hard, yes.
 Lafayette Advertiser 11/12/1909


 Be it ordained by the City Council of Lafayette, Louisiana, in regular session assembled that the Morgan's Louisiana and Texas Railroad and Steamship Company or its assigns be and is hereby given a right of way and permitted to cross and build, maintain and operate railroad tracks  ever part of a street of public road lying between property of J. Arthur Roy, this commonly known brickyard property, and property belonging to the widow of J. C. Buchanan., the part of said street of road to be so occupied by the Morgan's Louisiana and Texas Railroad and Steamship Company's right of way being shown by solid red lines on the attached map, and the corners thereof being indicated by capital letters A, B, C, and D.

 Provided said company maintains the said crossing in good condition and does not interfere with the natural drainage of the road and the adjacent estates. Be it further ordained, that the said company be and is hereby authorized and empowered to close and occupy for railroad purposes the extreme west end of what is known as Cleveland street, in Hopkins addition to the city of Lafayette, this being the part of said street which lies between certain lots sold by T. R. Hopkins and others to the said Morgan's Louisiana and Texas Railroad and Steamship Company and being all of the west end of said street which lies west of a line drawn twenty-five feet east of and parallel with the center of  the track  located by the said railroad company to connect its Alexandria-Baton Rouge branches, the part of said street referred to being shown and outlined by solid red lines on attached map and the corners thereof being marked by letters E, F, G and H.          Approved Nov. 8, 1909.
                G. A. Martin, Mayor,
 Lafayette Advertiser 11/12/1909

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 12th, 1912:

Returns to This Parish - Guarded Until Officers Can Arrange for His Custody.

 An insane leper named Hebert who escaped from the Lepers' Home, returned to his native place in the 4th ward of this parish near Youngsville. As soon as his presence became known Sheriff Lacoste arranged for taking him into custody and a guard has been placed about the unfortunate man to prevent him from harming or others until some disposition can be made for him. Hebert was sent to the Leper's Home home from this parish about fifteen years ago and is said to be in an advanced stage of the disease, and his condition most pitiable. Lafayette Advertiser 11/12/1912.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 12th, 1870:


 The following is the official vote of the Parish of Lafayette, cast at the election on Monday last, 7th of November:

 For the Amendment of the Ninety-Ninth Article of the Constitution. 909 votes.

 For the Amendment making defaulters Ineligible to Office.  913 votes.

 Abnegate and stricken our Article Fifty of the Constitution.  146 votes.

 Retain Article Fifty of the Constitution.  722 votes.

 For the Amendment restricting the State Debt to $25,000,000.  906 votes.

 For State Treasurer.
James D. Blair, Dem. .. 754 votes.
Antoine Dubuclet, Re. .. 143 votes.

 For State Auditor.
Allen Jamal, Dem.  .. 754 votes
James Graham, Rep. .. 145 votes

 For Congress, 3d District
Adolphe Bailey, Dem. .. 721 votes
C. V. Darrel, Rep. .. 173 votes

 For State Senate.
Francois Daigle, Dem. .. 688 votes
Wm. Offutt,                       .. 181 votes

 For Representative.
R. A. Cochrane .. 319 votes
Jean Bernard .. 290 votes
J. N. Judice .. 254 votes
B. A. Salles .. 40 votes

 For Parish Judge.
A. J. Moss .. 547 votes
W. C. Crow .. 349 votes

For Sheriff.
G. Landry ...   648 votes
A. Meaux ... 235 votes

 For Coroner.
H. M. Bailey ... 678 votes

 For Justices of the Peace.






  Special to the Picayune. 

 Breaux Bridge, La., Nov. 8. -- At 7:30 this morning, while peacefully wending his way from his son's residence to the Southern Pacific depot enroute to his St. Martinville home, Taylor Daspit, Sr., was shot down by an unseen enemy and has lingered up to the present writing under the constant care of three physicians, who held no hope of recovery.

 Mr. Daspit received one buckshot to in the leg, one in the arm, one in the neck and a probably fatal one in the abdomen. Seven buckshots were embedded in the building in front of which he was passing.

 Mr. Daspit had stopped a moment in front of one of the warehouses of Sheriff A. E. Broussard to shake hands with a friend. Just as they separated the neighborhood was startled by the screams of some ladies simultaneous with the discharge of a gun. Lafayette Advertiser 11/12/1909


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