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From the Lafayette Gazette of November 14th, 1903:

Death of H. A. VanderCruyssen.

 H. A. VanderCruyssen died at his home in Lafayette last Saturday night. He was forty-four years old and he had been a resident of this town for about ten years.

 Although a native of Belgium, his life work was accomplished in this country, and he had become thoroughly identified with our government and institutions. When but a youth he arrived in New Orleans, and after remaining there a short while, he made Breaux Bridge his home until about ten years ago when he came to Lafayette to assume the management of The Advertiser, having been editor or a paper before in Breaux Bridge before removing his domicile here.

 Mr. Van der Cruyssen was a sufferer for the last few months of his life, but he bore the inevitable Christian fortitude and resignation.

 His loss will be felt by the community, as he had always been an active participant in all that meant the progress of the town. Or an inventive genius, his talented handiwork was generously offered to any organization aiming at the public weal.

 He was married to Miss Constance Broussard, of Breaux Bridge, and besides his widow, he leaves five little children, who mourn the untimely taking off of a husband and father. 

 The funeral of the deceased was held in St. John's Catholic church, Rev. Fathers E. Forge and Mattern eulogized the virtues of the dead in appropriate words of consolation and sympathy.

 The body was interred in the Catholic cemetery at Breaux Bridge.

Lafayette Gazette 11/14/1903.

Sacred to the Memory of Mrs. J. G. Parkerson.

 "God lent her all good things that mortals crave,
And led her steps though pleasant ways and gave
With lavish hand all gifts with pleasure rife.
And with love's prism, her snowy brow He touched,"

 On the bright, glorious morning of the hallowed day of All Saints, her beautiful soul returned again to its Maker. Surrounded by her sorrowing family, she passed through the dark valley, and as her loved ones bade good-bye, angels joyously led her to the pearly portals that stood ajar to receive one of God's own children, and methinks we heard the Master's voice saying, "Well done, good and faithful servant, enter thou into eternal life."

 Hers was a life of unselfish devotion to her children and her home. She reared a large family to useful womanhood and manhood, and they, in return, lavished all their love on her and soothed her declining years, and truly do we believe that "her children will arise and call her blest."

 To the aged husband, who is thus left to mourn the loss of a devoted companion, do we in mingled pain and grief, extend the sincerest sympathy, and pray that God will give to him the peace that passeth all understanding. This world is better for her having lived in it, for she was a woman of superior judgment, giving good counsel, a cheering word, and a bright smile to all who passed her way. Those who knew her best, loved her most, and many are the friends who will miss her from her accustomed place. Her death was the close of a noble Christian life - a life of devotion to her God, and as she lay beautiful in death, we realized that she had not lived in vain, but that her sweet presence would be felt in her home in after years, and that the influence of her Christian life would go down through the ages, a beacon-light to guide the faltering footsteps of others. We feel that she left, as a memorial of her saintliness, the little church which was so dear to her heart, and which, but for her beneficence, we would not enjoy. It bespeaks her great desire to influence others to follow in the paths her steps had trod. Truly, they were paths of peace and righteousness, leading to a beautiful home beyond the skies, where wife, mother, and friend awaits the loved ones for whom she never ceased to pray. God grant that as the golden chain is severed on earth, so may it be joined again in heaven.

 Farewell, dear one,
 Thy work is done,
 To God we leave the rest.
Lafayette Gazette 11/14/1903.

New Bank Officers. - The Board of Directors of Bank of Lafayette have elected Mr. Chas. O. Mouton president of that flourishing institution, vice Mr. Crow Girard, who has resigned on account of a pressure of other business. Mr. Mouton is a successful business man of this community and his choice will insure a continuance of the prosperity which has marked the bank's business since its establishment six years ago. The capital stock of the bank was increased from $25,000 to $50,000.
Lafayette Gazette 11/14/1903.

 Gen. Jastremski in Lafayette. - Gen. Leon Jastremski, a candidate for governor of Louisiana, arrived in Lafayette yesterday afternoon and registered at the Cottage Hotel. It is announced that he will speak today at the court-house square. The New Orleans press made the announcement that Judge W. F. Blackman of Rapides and Mr. B. F. Jonas, who is a candidate for United States Senator, will also deliver addresses.
Lafayette Gazette 11/14/1903.

Biography of Gen. Leon Jastremski.

 [From the Logansport Inter-State Journal.]

 Gen. Leon Jastremski, of Baton Rouge, now a candidate for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, is the youngest son of Dr. Vincent Jastremski, an eminent physician who settled in Louisiana in the early forties of the century just passed. Upon the invitation of the then Governor, Alexander Mouton, Dr. Jastremski went to Lafayette, the Governor's home, and was his family physician for a number of years. The Doctor had participated in the Polish insurrection of 1830-32, and emigrated to France at its close. He completed his studies at the renowned Medical University at Montpelier, and for meritorious services during the cholera epidemic of 1837 was awarded a medal by King Louis Philippe. After his marriage and several years of practice in the South of France he decided to move to Louisiana, and just prior to the family's departure the subject of this sketch was born. Leon Jastremski received his first schooling in the public school at Lafayette, where he was reared. Subsequently, the family moved to Abbeville, in the adjoining parish of Vermilion. On the death of his parents, the boy entered the office of the Meridional and served an apprenticeship at the case. In July, 1861, he was barely 17 years old, but the echoes of the first battle of Manassas had fired his ardor and patriotism and he proceeded with a companion to Camp Moore, where he enlisted as a private in Company E, the Louisiana Swamp Rifles, of the Tenth Regiment of Louisiana Volunteers. A few days afterwards, this splendid corps of fighting men proceeded to Virginia and were attached to Gen. B. Magruder's army on the Yorktown peninsula. The young soldier had attracted the attention of Col. Marigny, and early in 1862, the Colonel ordered his promotion to the vacancy which had occurred in the position of regimental Sergeant-Major, an arduous and responsible one.

 With his regiment he participated in the fighting along the Warwick river, the preliminary encounter at Williamsburg, the retreat of Johnston's army to Richmond, the operations on the Chicahominy, the battles of Seven Pines and of the Seven Days. In the desperate night charge made by the Tenth Regiment at Malvern Hill, he was taken prisoner, but was exchanged one month later, in time to proceed with his command in Stonewall Jackson's march to the rear of Gen. Pope's army, and to participate in the second battle of Manassas, the fight at Chantilly, the first Maryland campaign, the capture of Harper's Ferry and the battle of Sharpsburg. After this latter engagement, Gen Jackson ordered the filling of the vacancies among their line officers, and, on September 23, 1862. the youthful Sergeant-Major was unanimously elected first lieutenant and captain of Company. He of his regiment. At the battle of Chancelorsville, May 3, 1863, Captain Jastremski, was severely wounded in the throat. He was back in time, however, to go with his command into Pennsylvania, and to participate in the battle of Gettysburg and the other engagements of this campaign, as well as the fight of Mine Run, in Novemeber, 1863. He fought through the battles of the Wilderness and at Spottsylvania, where in the sanguinary struggle at the "Bloody Angle," on May 12, 1864, he was captured along with most of Edward Johnston's Division, in the assault made upon the Confederate lines by the tremendous Union column led by General Hancock. He was taken to Fort Delaware, thence with the 600 Confederate officers (prisoners of war) brought into the famous stockade erected between the lines of the two armies, on Morris Island, in front of Charleston. The prisoners a few week later were conveyed to Fort Pulaski, Georgia. Among these prisoners were afterwards Speaker Crisp, Governor McCreery, of Kentucky, and many other men of distinction. In March, 1865, while these prisoners were being returned North, Captain Jastremskim with Lieutenant Cicero M. Allen, of Louisiana, and Captain De Priest, of Virginia, made his escapte by concealing himself in the hold of the transport "Illinois." They landed unobserved in New York and Captain Jastremski and Lieutenant Allen made their way by the Western route and down the Mississippi to Meridian, where they reported to General Dick Taylor, for duty. They were furloughed by General Taylor, who surrendered his army a few days later, the war having come to a close.

 Captain Jastremski settled in Baton Rouge soon after, and engaged in business pursuits. He was married to Miss Rosa Larguier, a daughter of one of the leading citizens of the place. She died in 1873, two sons being the surviving issue of this marriage.

 Naturally, Captain Jastremski aligned himself with the people, and he was in every effort to resist Radical and negro rule throughout the long period of Reconstruction and to redeem the State from alien misrule and oppression.

 In the Baton Rouge riot, which occurred at the November election in 1870, as foreman of Independence Fire Company No. 2, with his gallant men, and those of Washington Fire Company No. 1, under Foreman McCabe, he responded to the call of Mayor Elam to turn out to preserve the peach and at their request took command of the assembled citizens, by whom order was restored. In 1875, he organized the Baton Rouge Zouaves, an independent company, which gave no inconsiderable support to the movement for redemption. In April, 1876, he was triumphantly elected Mayor of Baton Rouge, about the same time as the election of Mayor Endom, at Monroe. These were the two first Democratic Mayors elected in the State, as the Democratic Mayors elected in the State, as the forerunners of the liberation which culminated in November with the election of Tilden for President and Nicholls for Governor. Mayor Jastremski was surrounded with grave difficulties. The State and parish governments were in Republican hands. The laws were practically suspended and the situation was chaotic. General John R. Brooke, since Governor General of Cuba, with a battalion of United States Regulars, commanded a special military district, with headquarters at the Baton Rouge barracks. He was an open Republican partisan, and sent out frequently squads of mounted troops to over-awe the people and give heart to the Republican negroes and their white allies.

 At this same time, brother, Mr. John Jastremski, was Chairman of the Democratic Parish Executive Committee, and with the co-operation of the mass of the white people of the parish, was assisting the movement for redemption. In consequence of this union of forces, the effect of the presence of the troops and of the United States Marshals, sent up from New Orleans, was overcome and East Baton Rouge went Democratic and for Tilden and Nicholls, by seven hundred majority. Mayor Jastremski was re-elected in 1878 and 1880, and in 1878, as Mayor and as a director of the Howard Association, assisted in keeping down a panic and in the carer of the sick and distressed during the yellow fever epidemic of that year. With Hons. Andrew S. Herron and Robt. T. Young, he was sent as a delegate to represent the parish in the Constitutional Convention of 1879. By the joint efforts of this delegation the restoration of the State Capital to Baton Rouge was decreed. For the part he had taken in the matter, Mayor Jastremski was presented with a handsome gold watch by his fellow-citizens. In 1881, he was wedded to Mrs. Sallie L. Ashton, of Shreveport, a daughter of former Associate Justic Thos. T. Land, of the State Supreme Court. The same year Governor Wiltz appointed him a Brigadier General in the State National Guard, also Vice-President of the Louisiana State University and A. and M. College. He was reappointed to these positions by Governor S. D. McEnry. He became State Printer in 1882, and in 1884 was unanimously elected Chairman of  the Democratic State Central Committee, conducting successfully amid difficulties the Cleveland campaign of that year in the State.

 He is a journalist by profession and served for ten years as President of the Louisiana Press Association. From 1893 to 1897 he was United States Consul at Callao, Peru, and conversing about him with Senator Caffery, President Cleveland remarked that he was the best United States Consul in South America. In 1899, by appointment of Governor Foster, he served as Commissioner of Agriculture and Immigration, and in 1900, he was chosen by Governor Heard as his Private Secretary.

 At various times he has been honored with positions of high trust, and he is a Past Grand Chancellor of the Knights of Pythias of Louisiana. In 1901, his comrades elected him unanimously as Major General of the Louisiana Division, U. C. V., and in that capacity he commanded the Division at the Dallas Reunion. These, briefly stated, are the testimonials upon which he solicits the support of his fellow-Democrats in his candidacy for the gubernatorial nomination. Lafayette Gazette 11/14/1903.            


"Uncle Josh Spruceby."

 The Reading Daily Review has the following to say about the "Uncle Josh Spruceby" company which comes to Lafayette for Monday, Nov. 9, at Falk's Opera House.

 "A treat was in store for those who attended the performance of "Uncle Josh Spruceby" last night, for instead of seeing an old worn-out play, "Uncle Josh Spruceby" proved to be one of the most pleasing rural comedy-dramas that has visited Reading in many a day. Both the production and the company presenting it are far above the average and judging from the continued applause the play certainly gave entire satisfaction. This piece is staged with every attention to detail, the saw mill scene in the third act being particularly realistic and the thrilling climax was greeted with a storm of applause. Several clever specialties were introduced during the first and second acts and were of a high order. The company is a fine one and their music is of the highest class."

Lafayette Gazette 11/14/1903.

 L. F. Salles' Store Burglarized. - Sunday morning a burglar bursted the show window in Mr. L. F. Salles' store and stole a watch and some minor articles. No clue to the burglary has been found.
Laf. Gazette 11/14/1903.

 Circus Well Appreciated. - Sells & Down's shows played in Lafayette Wednesday afternoon and evening to large crowds. The audience, as a whole, were well pleased with the show. No disorderly element accompanied it and our police had very little trouble to enforce the peace. 
Laf. Gazette 11/14/1903.

 Will Soon Build. - Geo. Doucet, the druggist, has purchased a lot adjoining the new post office from Leo Doucet, and will erect thereon a brick building 28 ft. by 60 ft.
Laf. Gazette 11/14/1903.

Fair for the Colored People. - The fair for the colored people for the benefit of the Catholic church at Carencro will take place Nov. 14 and 15.
Laf. Gazette 11/14/1903.

Auction Sale.

 Auctioneer Jos. Ducote advertises an auction sale of the contents of general store, consisting of dry goods, notions and jewelry, to take place in Clegg's building near the court-house square on Saturday, Nov. 14.
Lafayette Gazette 11/14/1903.

Ball at Carencro To-morrow Night.

 The ball to be given at Carencro Saturday night by the Alibamos Tribe of Lafayette of the Improved Order of the Red Men, promises to be a most enjoyable social function. Our sister town has prepared to give a cordial welcome to our young folks who will attend and a pleasant evening is anticipated by all. Lafayette Gazette 11/14/1903.

 Fair at Breaux Bridge. 
A parish fair will be held at Breaux Bridge on Nov. 21 and 22. The parishes of St. Martin, Lafayette, St. Landry, Iberia and Vermilion will be allowed to compete for the cash premiums to be granted for exhibits. Prizes of one to ten dollar will be awarded, and preparations have been made to receive exhibits of horses, cattle, hogs, poultry, and agricultural products.On the 22d, a four-act play will be presented by the local talent of the town. Lafayette Gazette 11/14/1903.

New Bank Officer.The Board of Directors of the Bank of Lafayette have elected Mr. Chas. O. Mouton president of that flourishing institution, vice Mr. Crow Girard, who has resigned on account of the pressure of other business. Mr. Mouton is a successful business man of this community and his choice will insure a continuance of the propriety which has marked the bank's business since its establishment six years ago. The capital stock of the bank was increased from $25,000 to $50,000. Lafayette Gazette 11/14/1903.

 Daughters of the Confederacy.

 At a meeting of the Mouton-Gardner Camp of the Daughters of the Confederacy held at the home of Mrs. A. S. Clark it was proposed to get up a Christmas box for the Soldier's Home at Camp Nicholls. Our people wishing to contribute in making a creditable donation to the camp on Christmas may send whatever they wish to give to Mrs. A. J. LeBlanc, Mrs. A. S. Clark or Miss Lema Voorhies.

 A progressive euchre game will be given by the local chapter at Falk's hall on December 8, to raise funds for the purpose.

 Mr. P. L. DeClouet received the thanks of the chapter for liberal donations.
Lafayette Gazette 11/14/1903.

 The Blue-Back Speller.

 The Atlanta Constitution defends the old blue-back speller in this earnest plea:

 "The cornerstone of the education of the older generations of Americans now living was the old-time blue-back speller of Webster.Drilled and hickoried through that inspired lexicon of the American language as it should be spelled and written the sure foundation was laid in the minds of the pupils for any breadth of after education.

 "Nowadays our children are shut off from the ten-cent blue-back speller and forced by the faddistic educators of the day to pay from 40 to 60 cents for fancy pictured and phoneticized 'language books' that are delights to the artistic eye and daffy-dealing to the children, who are set to studying them. Some of the specimens we have lately seen would be good reference and guide books to a post-graduate student of scientific philology, but for learning a seven-year-old child to go with understanding precision from a-b --- ab to 'incomprehensibility' they are the veriest gold bricks ever sold to Rubens come to town." Lafayette Gazette 11/14/1903.    

Back From the Motherland.

 Mr. Francois Rageur of Royville, has returned home after spending several months with his relatives in Italy. Although a resident of Lafayette parish since ante bellum years, and thoroughly identified with the business and prosperity of the parish, Mr. Rageur still retains love for his motherland, and yearly pays her the tribute of a visit. Lafayette Gazette 11/14/1903.

Home Destroyed.

 Serves Dequeterre's home in Prairie Sorrel was completely destroyed by fire last Wednesday night. The residence, kitchen and out-houses were razed to the ground, and not even the household effects could be saved.

 Many friends of the unfortunate man in his neighborhood and throughout other parts of the parish have assisted him by practical financial aid.
Lafayette Gazette 11/14/1903.

An alarm of fire was sounded Tuesday afternoon and the fire department promptly turned out to find fortunatey that the fire had already been extinguished. Albert Delahoussaye's kitchen roof had burned a little from the flue. No damage resulted. Lafayette Gazette 11/14/1903.

 Politics Warming Up.

 Lafayette has been honored by visits from politicians of State wide fame in the past few days. Judge Barksdale, Judge Walter Guion, Hon. Jared Y. Sanders, Hon. O. B. Steele, John A. McIlhenny, Joseph A. Provost have all been looking at their forces in this parish, and the announced visit of Gen. Jastremski at Carencro tomorrow will add further interest to the campaign.
Lafayette Gazette 11/14/1903.

Line up of Foot Ball Teams.

 Coach J. Ovey Herpin of the Institute foot ball team has favored The Gazette with the line up of the elevens which will contest for the pigskin on the Institute campus this afternoon.

 The Delcambre Academy boys are L. E., L. Breaux; L. F., A. Miguez; L. G., C. Moss; C., A. Baudoin; R. G., C. Gary; R. T., Rene Breaux; R. E., C. Cormier; Q. B. and captain, A. Delcambre; F. B., A. Fricke; L. H., F. Nunez; R. H. Trahan. In the same order the home boys are A. Deville, Joe Artamon, Granger, Geo. Martin, Bienvenue, T. Artamon, F. Siadous, Harry Smedes, McNaspy, T. Breaux, captain, and L. Chiasson.
Lafayette Gazette 11/14/1903.

Democrats to Meet at Courthouse.

 Parish of Lafayette - We the undersigned Democrats of Lafayette, regardless of local factions and endorsing the platform of principals and the candidacy of General Leon Jastremski for Governor of Louisiana, Respectfully request the Democratic electorate of the Parish of Lafayette to assemble at the Court House Saturday November 14th at 11 o'clock A. M.
Lafayette Gazette 11/14/1903.





 Owing to the difficulty, at first, of securing the services of competent carpenters to take charge of the construction of school houses in the parish, the work of building these was delayed for a long time, but the "building committee" of the School Board finally succeeded in making all necessary arrangements to insure the completion of the school houses most urgently needed, in time for the opening of the current term of the rural schools.

 Work on the Begnaud school building in the first ward and the Albert Duhon building in the eighth ward is already far advanced, and both of these buildings are being substantially constructed and will present a very tasteful appearance when completed.

 The Romero school in the fourth ward will be the next one to receive the attention of the building committee, and work on the new school at Duson will be taken up as soon as the land shall have been deeded to the School Board according to agreement.

 It is the intention of the Board to equip these new buildings with modern school furniture and fixtures so as to make school work as pleasant ans as profitable as possible to the pupils in attendance.

 If we expect our children to live the beautiful and love beautiful, we must surround them with beautiful influences in home and school. A child is educated by every influence with which becomes in contact; is being changed for better or for worse every moment of his life.

 Ruskin has said: "What we like determines what we are; and to teach taste is inevitably to form character." Parents and patrons should be stimulated to embellish the school room and improve and beautify the school grounds, and the children should be encouraged to feel that these belong to them, that they may have an opportunity to make them what they should be. If this be done we shall find that we have taken an important step toward giving the principles taught inside the school-house, an opportunity for expression in the life of the child.

 The public school aims at a development of all the faculties, with the ultimate purpose of leading the better citizenship and nobler character. It must not, therefore, neglect any opportunity for broadening the experience upon which to build the essentials for a complete life, and in educating a child in the laws of symmetry and proportion, and in cultivating a child's love for flowers and trees we undoubtedly have helped to lay the foundation of enduring character. Lafayette Gazette 11/14/1903.

Police Jury Proceedings.

 Lafayette, La., Nov. 5, 1903. - The police jury met this day in regular session with the following members present:  M. Billeaud, Jr., J. C. Buchanan, John Whittington, J. O. Blanchet, Alex. M. Broussard, Alonzo Lacy, P. R. Landry and F. G. Mouton. Absent: Saul Broussard.

 The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

 Attorney Mouton reported that he had consulted District Attorney Campbell relative to instituting suit against Ralph Foreman and Alton Foreman for recovery of peddler's licenses but that Mr. Campbell had declined to bring suit, on the ground that the jury had made no arrangement with him to that effect. Attorney Mouton was instructed to proceed to the collection of said licenses.

 Sheriff Broussard appeared and asked for further time to effect settlement for taxes and licenses of 1901 and 1902 and same was extended until next meeting.

 Mr. Mouton reported on behalf of the D. O. Broussard bridge committee that at a joint conference with a like committee from Vermilion parish it had been unanimously decided to locate the new bridge at Columbus Broussard's place some nine arpents above the old site. Messrs. Mouton, Whittington and Landry explained the circumstances and reasons for adopting the new site, originally selected by themselves as the most suitable of any proposed. Attorney Caffery appeared and presented a numerously signed, petition of citizens of Lafayette parish objecting to the proposed location on the grounds of inaccessibility,inconvenience to people directly interested and conferring special benefit on the town of Mauriceville. Petitioners prayed for location at or near the old site. Mr. Cade argued in favor of placing the bridge 80 feet below the old site and was seconded by Mr. Blanchet. By motion of Mr. Buchanan the report of the committee was received and action thereon postponed until definite information could be secured of costs of roads and approaches.

 Mr. Lacy reported that Mr. Davis, the contractor, had not completed the Duson drain and roadway as per contract and, that if same was not completed before Jan. 1, prox., he would proceed to have said work done at the expense of said contractor.

 Mr. Broussard was authorized to build a bridge on Dr. Lyon's road, 2d ward.

 The committee to estimate the probable expenses of the parish for the year 1904 reported the following which, on motion of Mr. Mouton was adopted.

 To the honorable police jury. Your undersigned committee appointed to estimate the probable expenses of the parish for the calendar year of 1904 would respectfully submit for your approval the following budget:

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         Lafayette, La., Oct. 11, 1903.
  Mr. Buchanan in voting nay entered the following protest against the adoption of the budget appropriation fo schools:

 "Because I believe the appropriation is larger than is necessary with an economical administration of the school fund; and because of the gross violation of the school laws of the State by the superintendent of public schools in allowing books to be used in the schools not authorized by the State school board."

 A transfer of land by Messrs. L. E. Lacour and Paul C. Martin for purpose of widening the public road was read, accepted, and ordered recorded.

 By motion of Mr. Lacy all persons obstructing the public roads leading from Scott to Opelousas, and from the LeBesque place to Homer Chaisson's are hereby notified to remove said obstructions by Jan. 1, prox., under pain of prosecution.

 The following were refunded road tax paid in error:  Mrs. Oliva Landry, 5th ward, 75c; Wm. Cormier, 5th ward, 35c' Adon Raca, 7th ward, $1.00; Onezime Albarado, $1.00; Alfred Auguste, 8th ward, $1.00; Olivier Casimer, 3rd ward $1.25; Amede Dugas, 6th ward, $1.35.

 The treasurer submitted his monthly reports as follows:

 To the President and Members of Police Jury, Parish of Lafayette, La. - Following is a statement of receipts and disbursements of the parish funds since my last report:

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 Respectfully submitted,
   J. E. MARTIN, Treasurer.

         Lafayette, La., Nov. 5, 1903.
  To the President and Members of Police Jury Parish Lafayette, La. - Following is a statement of receipts and disbursements of special road funds since my last report:


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 Respectfully submitted,
    J. E. MARTIN, Treasurer.

         Lafayette, La., Nov. 5, 1903.
  The following accounts were approved:


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 There being no further business the police jury adjourned.
M. BILLEAUD, JR., President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 11/14/1903.

 Selected News Notes (Gazette) 11/14/1903.

 Wedding Bells. - Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Martin have announced the marriage of their daughter, Cora, to Mr. A. L. Preager, to take place at their home in Lafayette on Tuesday morning, December 1, 1903.

 Mrs. R. Landry is visiting her parents in Rayne.

 Mr. and Mrs. L. S. Johnson were in Breaux Bridge last Sunday.

 Editor Raymond Breaux of the St. Landry Clarion visited Lafayette Monday.

 Miss Louis Fuselier of Cade, is visiting friends in Lafayette. Lafayette Gazette 11/15/1903.





 From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 14th, 1896:

X-Ray in Lafayette: - Henry Brunet will place on exhibit near Veazey's stable a complete and elaborate apparatus to show the X-Ray illusion. Everyone will have an opportunity to see a demonstration of the great scientific fact that has been so much talked of for the past few months. Mr. Brunet expects to be ready to open next Thursday. Lafayette Advertiser 11/14/1896.

Severely Scalded. A steam pipe broke at the Refinery last Saturday, severely scaling E. Marquis about the face and arms. Dr. F. R. Tolson, was called to attend the injured man. Lafayette Advertiser 11/14/1896.

 Residence Destroyed. - The residence of Misses Boudreaux, 4 miles west of town was destroyed by fire last Saturday afternoon, loss $3,000, not protected by insurance. The fire originated from a defective flue.
 Lafayette Advertiser 11/14/1896.

 Races. - Races will take place to-day at Surrey Park, between "Maud S," alias "Pelagie", the Theall mare, and "Rosa" the Bergeron mare from l'Anse la Butte. The race will be for five arpents, and for a purse of $100. Admission to the track 25cts.
Laf. Gazette 11/14/1896.

 Gone to the Springs. - Messrs. J. Rene Bonnet, D. McDaniel, and A. Couet left Friday for Hot Springs, Ark, where they will remain a month for the benefit of their health, returning in time to spend the Christmas holidays in the Crescent City. Bon voyage, boys. Lafayette Advertiser 11/14/1896.

 Methodist Church Benefit.

 The ladies of the Methodist Church will serve choice meals and dainty refreshments Thursday, Nov. 19th in the building adjoining Mr. Joseph Plonsky on Main Street. Meals served from 12 o'clock noon at 25 cts. All friends and the public in general are cordially invited to assist this worthy cause. The Ladies are determined to secure a small deficit on the new church building now in course of construction, and success must crown their efforts. A most enjoyable affair is in store for all who give a helping hand. Come one, come all. Lafayette Advertiser 11/14/1896. 

Nice Property on Washington Street.

For Sale. - A large property situated on Washington street with residence containing 4 bed rooms, one parlor, hall, kitchen, store and warehouse. Galleries on both sides of the residence, two lots of ground adjoining 100x140, with orchard. Terms very reasonable. Selling because of departure. Apply to Mrs. J. D. Lafond or at The Advertiser office. Lafayette Gazette 11/14/1896.

Our Cotton Crop.

         Scott, La., Nov. 11th, 1896.
  Mr. Editor. - The following statistics gathered at leisure from good information leads us to think that Lafayette Parish can still be thankful for the bounties of this year of grace, 96, notwithstanding McKinley's election or Cleveland's proclamation of thanksgiving day. For taking our banner crop, cotton, we find it will bring in over six hundred thousand dollars, and these dollars, "having double of their face value in purchasing power" (Bryan) it is plain that old Lafayette has become a Millionaires.

 The estimate of number of bales to each gin is subject to correction of an increase only, for the reason that some other center night wish to make a good showing at Scott.

 We figure 17,000 bales of thirty five per bale, and on 8,500 tons of seed at five dollars.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/14/1896.

 Police Jury Proceedings.

         Lafayette, La., Nov. 5th, 1896.
  The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present:  R. C. Landry, Benj. Avant, Alfred Hebert, Alonzo Lacy, Jno. E. Primeaux, and Jno. Whittington. Absent: C. C. Brown and M. Billeaud, Jr.

 The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

 Mr. Primeaux reported the school house at Sellers in the 4th ward completed and supplied with desks for sixty pupils. Approved.

 Mr. Whittington reported completion of the bridge at Onezime Trahan's. Approved.

 Messrs. Alonzo Lacy and L. Arceneaux were appointed to remove and rebuild two bridges on Coulee Mines at lowest cost.

 By motion of Mr. Hebert the following was adopted:  Resolved that the Auditing Committee is hereby abolished and the ordinance creating the same is hereby repealed.

 The petition of Mrs. Bertha Richard for an appropriation in aid of the public school in the 1st ward was laid over.

 By motion the insurance policies on the Court House were renewed for three years in the name of Treasurer J. E. Martin and the amount of premium ordered paid to Lewis & Lacombe gents, out of the general fund.

 The sum of $42.50 was allowed Lucien Judice indigent.

 The following accounts were rejected:

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 The following account were approved:

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 There being no further business the Police Jury adjourned.
R. C. LANDRY, President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/14/1896.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 11/14/1896.

 Rev. Father Forge, left last Monday for New Orleans.

 Gus. A. Breaux, Lawyer, will hereafter practice is profession in the 17th Judicial District, parishes of Lafayette and Vermilion, and for the present will be in Lafayette every Saturday. Settlement of successions a specialty.

 A lot of American Horses, Mares and Colts, good size, well bred an acclimated, broke to harness and the plow. Will sell for cash or exchange for Horned Cattle. Reason for selling, have too many. T. D. Wier.

 Mrs. C. C. Brown, of Carencro, was shopping in town Tuesday.

 Mr. B. A. Salles went to the Teche country on a business trip Monday.

 Miss Nita Lacoste, and Mrs. E. Mouisset, went to Carencro Wednesday.

 Miss Bertha Kennedy of New Orleans, is visiting her sister Mrs. J. J. Davidson.

 Sheriff Broussard left Wednesday, for Baton Rouge with the prisoners convicted at the last term of court.

 Mrs. A. J. Moss, Dr. N. P. Moss, Misses Ada Moss and Eliza Cornay left Wednesday morning for New Orleans.

 Miss Marthe Mouton, the sweet warbler of Lafayette, is spending a few days with friends in Broussardville.

 Mr. E. Mouisset who has been employed at Morgan City returned home Wednesday, on account of poor health.

 J. A. Delhomme, C. Crouchet, J. O. Mouton, E. McDaniel were fined $25 each for violation of the Sunday law.

 Motion for a preliminary hearing for granting of bail was made by Hampton Benton, through his attorney Jos. A. Chargois. Lafayette Advertiser 11/14/1896.


 From the Lafayette Advertiser November 14th, 1891:

The Changing Weather:

The rain of Sunday night and Monday seems to have been general over Louisiana and Mississippi and eastern Texas. It was one of the most welcome visitors to this section for many a day. It is believed that the unusual amount of sickness prevailing in this vicinity for some weeks was occasioned by the long drought, and that will now abate. The weather since the rain has been cool and pleasant.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/14/1891.

Death of Dr. Beraud.

 Paul Desire Beraud, the well-known physician, died at his home in this town last Sunday evening, 8th inst., at five and half o'clock, after a brief spell of illness. In the prime of manhood, apparently in the best of health, he has been suddenly called to his final account. His death is a shock to all - family, friends and the community.  

 Dr. Beraud was a native of this parish but was raised in the parish of St. Martin. He was the only child of Desire Beraud and Corine LeBlanc, both of whom died when he was yet of tender years. On the death of his parents, he became a member of the household of his uncle - his mother's brother - Judge Alcibiade DeBlanc, with whom he lived until he grew to manhood.

About 1874 he came to this parish to practice the profession of surveying in order to obtain means to meet the expenses of a medical student, and remaining here a few years he returned to New Orleans, and in 1878 was awarded a diploma by the University of New Orleans as a Doctor of Medicine. Afterward he adopted the Homeopathic method of treatment and was very successful throughout. He returned to this parish in 1880 and settled here for the practice of his profession, in which he achieved much distinction, and at the time of his death was engaged in a lucrative and growing practive and included among his patrons numbers of the most intelligent people of this and adjoining parishes.

 Dr. Beraud was an exemplary citizen, - one whom the community could ill afford to spare.

 He married several years since Clara, daughter of the lamented M. E. Girard, Esq. His wife and two children survive him. As a husband he was considerate and devoted, - as a father, tender and true. He was 37 years, 3 months and 20 days of age.

 The ways of Providence are inscrutable and not intended to be understood by man. Perfect and complete submission to the will of God is one of the characteristics of a true christian. In such an hour by Him alone can the bereaved be comforted. May the God of the fatherless and widows comfort his wife and children.

Lafayette Advertiser 11/14/1891.      

 New Faces at Train-Yard. - Mr. Seery and Mr. Serrett have been appointed night and day operators at this place. Mr. Serrett succeeds Mr. J. G. Davis, who has been promoted to the office of train dispatcher at the Algiers office. We wish Mr. Davis success. Lafayette Advertiser 11/14/1891.

 L.B.A. - The 8th series of the Lafayette Building and Loan Association, was opened in October, and those who desire to take stock in this growing institution are afforded another opportunity to do so. Here is an opportunity to benefit yourself and at the same time assist in building up your town and country. Lafayette Advertiser 11/14/1891.

Lafayette Realty and Improvement Company.

 The proposed "Lafayette Realty and Improvement Company" is in process of organization, and the stock is being taken up readily by substantial citizens. The capital stock is fixed at $50,000, divided into 1,000 shares of $50 each, payable $1 a share per month. The object of the company is the establishment of enterprises and industries calculated to advance and develop the mental and material interests of the town and parish of Lafayette. The proposed organization, of completed and chartered - and from the character of those interested in the enterprise we have no doubt it will be - will undoubtedly be of great advantage to the whole community in many ways, as well as a social success to its promoters. Let the good work proceed as rapidly as possible. It is a movement in the right direction. Lafayette Advertiser 11/14/1891.    

What About Our High School?

        Youngsville, La., Nov. 8.
  Mr. Editor - "Entre nous," what do you think of Lafayette High School? Is it or is it not be a success? Ah! my poor birth-place! The longest pole still reaches the persimmon. A. K. Gin seriously doubts "the move" thus far. Look at the two lists just out. Poor Royville and Broussardville, with a mighty few exceptions in even my own town and sections over the "river" - now, what have they done so far? The Police Jury swelled the list; but alas! outside of it. Why not all pull together?
   Yours truly,
      A. K. GIN.
N. B. - I once heard in the dim past that J. C. M., or one his agents, was to have given us an $800 school at the Simons'; but the nearer the election the less we hear of it. I always like to see things pan out as intended.
(Signed) A. K. G.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/14/1891.

Circuit Court of Appeals.

 The Circuit Court of Appeals met at the Court House in this town last week, Hons. John Clegg and R. S. Perry presiding. The following cases submitted:

 Clara Broussard vs. Charles Darby et als., the appeal dismissed at appellants costs.

 P. M. Girard vs. A. M. Martin, judgment of lower court confirmed.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/14/1891.

As "TRAINMAN" Sees It.
 [From the Franklin Vindicator.]

 "... The employees of the Southern Pacific Railroad, Western Division, have asked for more pay. The employees of that road now get more wages than those of any other road in the state, and it seems unreasonable to complain when nearly all the conductors get over $100 per month, while the brakesmen average somewhere about $80/ When it is known that no special qualification is necessary to all these places, it is very good pay to say the least. ..."

 The above article is reproduced from the Attakapas Vindicator of October 22d. I regret very much to see published by one who claims, or at least thinks himself above the average intellect. But any fair-minded man would not judge so from the tenor of the above article. In the first place, it is not the employees of the Western division alone that have asked for an increase in wages, but the entire Atlantic system of the Southern Pacific Railway from New Orleans to El Paso. Mr. Alpha states that this road is paying better wages than any other road running into the state. I will not enter into any argument on this subject, as I have not the scale of wages of the different roads; but we will go a little further. When Mr. Alpha says it is known that it requires no special qualification for either of these, I beg to differ with him, and for proof I will ask him does he believe that he as conductor or yardmaster could take a crew of such competent men as he claims to be and get over the road with either a freight or a passenger train, or run a yard successfully? If so, he is an exception to all railroad men of the present day; and if he is as he claims to be, it would be very advisable for him to wind up his career as an editor of a shoo-fly paper of a little country town and make an application or employment, which would undoubtedly be given such an efficient railroad man, especially without practice. God alone knows but what he might turn out to be such as Corbin H. Walter Webb and Chauncey M. Depew, who do nothing but think how to get about to reduce workingmen's wages and reduce them to serfdom. But my candid opinion of him is the same as Mr. Alpha would have me if I were so idiotic as to that any fool could run a newspaper without either education or practice.

 There is an average of 445 carloads of freight hauled east and 445 carloads west every 24 hours. The freight crews are kept quite busy; they get very little rest here, it any, and only twelve hours in Algiers. Then they have not a sufficient number of crews to keep the yards clear. They run an average of 3,600 miles per month, and the conductors receive $120 and the brakemen $75 per month.

 This will give the would-be Corbin of Franklin, La., an idea of how much work these trainmen have to do in order to earn the above stated salary. And besides, these men perform the most hazardous duties of any class of people. But no doubt his royal nibs is ignorant of this fact. Also that there are not less than 2,700 of these faithful and brave boys killed outright yearly in railroad work, and not less than 20,000 injured. These statistics are secured from Hon. L. L. Coffin, ex-railroad commissioner of the state of Iowa.

 As this venerable gentleman says, still great statesmen will stand up in our legislative halls and wrangle for days, weeks and months over laws for the control of rates on roads that don't amount to a row of pins, while these brave boys are being mangled by hundreds and thousands yearly, her in Christian America.
   (Signed)  A. TRAINMAN.
Lafayette, La., Nov. 12, 1891.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/14/1891.

 Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 11/14/1891.

 Dr. A. O. Clark, of the Ridge Post Office, was in town this week.

 Mr. Wm. Clegg went to New Orleans this week.

 Miss Kate Owens is spending a short time here, the guest or Mr. and Mrs. Hahn of the Crescent Hotel.

 Judge John Clegg returned from New Iberia, where he had been holding a term of court.

 The bank building is rapidly nearing completion. The officers of the institution calculate on taking possession not later than Dec. 1st.

 Mrs. Nathan Foreman, the venerable mother of our Sheriff, has been some time with Mrs. Broussard who has just recovered from a severe spell of sickness.

 If the anti-lottery people in Lafayette will only unite they can elect a solid anti-lottery delegation to the State Convention. Will you do it?

 Mr. Horace McClure made a flying trip to New Orleans this week. He has been quite busy of late, showing this and the Lake Arthur Country to prospective investors from the North.

 Mr. Seery and Mr. Serrett have been appointed night and day operators at this place. Mr. Seery replacing Mr. Thomspon, and Mr. Serrett succeeds Mr. J. G. Davis, who has been promoted to the office of train dispatcher at the Algiers office. We wish Mr. Davis success.

 We had a pleasant call last Tuesday from Mr. James Hill, of Rankin, Ill., Rev. Geo. R. Buck, of Bloominton, Ill., who were accompanied by Mr. Horace A. McClure of our town. These gentlemen were here looking at our lands and noting the progress in this section. Lafayette Advertiser 11/14/1891.



 From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 14th, 1874:


 During the night of last Monday week, 2d inst., a fire broke out in the kitchen of Mr. Adrian Breaux, in this parish, and before it was discovered it was utterly impossible to check the flames, which soon communicated with the residence, and in a few moments both buildings were reduced to ashes. Mr. B. lost all of his furniture and the most of his clothing. The buildings were new, having been put up within the last two years. The fire, it appears, was accidental. Lafayette Advertiser 11/14/1874.

Fatal Accident.

 Last Saturday evening a colored boy about 12 years old fell from a loaded wagon, near town, and one of the wheels passing over his head he was instantly killed. Lafayette Advertiser 11/14/1874.


 The Grand Jury found not true bills, in the following cases :  State vs. Simon Bergeron, Charles Simon and Eugene Simon, Rosalie Charlot, Edward Lilly, Jean Colin, David Elsey and Adolphe Duhon ;  and true bills against Alexander Walker, Jacob, Francois Plaisance, Lessin Foreman (3), Mecourt, Clemence Lalande and Augustine Lalande, Demas Arceneaux, Gustave Alexandria, Dupre Chiasson (2), Eugene Hilaire and Patrick Gustave Mouton, Louis Bonet, Gerassin LeBlanc and Homere Constantin, Alfred George.

 The report of the Grand Jury on the condition of the parish prison was published in our issue of the 31st ult.

 The case of the State vs. Faustin Vincent, indicted for murder, being called for trial, the panel was exhausted without procuring a single juror. The court refused to grant the motion of the District Attorney to order talesmen, after which all the criminal cases were continued.

 There were several civil cases disposed of and the court adjourned sine die last Thursday. Lafayette Advertiser 11/14/1874.   


 A number of our merchants have replenished their stores with choice and select stocks of winter goods, among the number are :  Edmond Cain, corner of Main and St. John streets, whose store is filled with a splendid assortment of dry goods of all kinds.

 J. H. Wise's establishment on the opposite corner from Mr. Cain's, is also filled with choice goods, and he can furnish his customers anything that they may call for in his line. He is also agent for the celebrated Charter Oak stoves.

 F. Bourges on Main street can boast of as good a stock of dry goods, boots, shoes, &c., as can be found anywhere.

 J. Revillon, the old and well known merchant on the corner of Washington and Main streets, has also received a large stock of goods of all kinds, including hardware, crockeryware, and many others. The customers are entering this establishment will find polite and gentlemanly clerks to wait upon them and who will spare no pains in showing the goods to whoever may wish to examine them.

 That excellent merchant and genial gentlemen, Z. Doucet, who holds forth at the upper end of Washington street has just received a select stock of goods of superior qualities.

 Will Clegg, of the firm of M. P. Young & Co., corner of Washington and Vermilion streets returned from New Orleans a few days ago with a large lot of fresh drugs and medicines, and also a choice assortment of groceries.

 Wm. Bendel on Washington stret has a good stock goods on hand.

 Plonsky & Rogers, L. Levy, and A. Haas, all on Lafayette street, are now receiving goods.

 Several of our merchants have not yet made their winter purchases.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/14/1874.

Police Jury Proceedings.

 Parish of Lafayette, Vermilionville, La., November 7th, 1874.

 Pursuant to adjournment of the special meeting of November 4, 1874, the Police Jury of the parish of Lafayette, this day met at the Court House.

 All members present.

 On motion of Mr. Bernard, the reading of the minutes of the previous meeting was dispensed with and the same were signed.

 On motion of Mr. LeBlanc, the following accounts were read and approved and warrants ordered to issue for the same :

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 On motion of Mr. R. C. Landry, the account of Steamer Flora against the parish of Lafayette for One Hundred and Fifty-three, 27/100 Dollars was approved and ordered to be paid.

 On motion of Mr. Dubau, the following ordinance was passed :

 An Ordinance to levy a Special Tax on the taxable property of the Parish of Lafayette to repair the Parish Jail:

 SECTION I.  Be it ordained by the Police Jury of the Parish of Lafayette in special session assembled, that a special Tax of Twelve Hundred Dollars be and the same is hereby levied on all the taxable property of the Parish of Lafayette, including the property situated within the Corporate limits of the Town of Vermilionville ;  said tax to be assessed on the Tax Roll of 1873, and collected by the Tax Collector of said parish and when collected to be paid into the hands of the parish Treasurer, to constitute a special fund to be applied to the repairs to be made to the Parish Jail as hereinafter provide.

 SECTION II.  Be it further ordained, that the Tax levied in the preceding section shall be assessed and collected immediately and that said Tax be paid in U. S. Currency.

 SECTION III.  Be it further ordained, that the Committee on Public Works of the Parish of Lafayette, and two other members to be designated by the City Council of Vermilionville, are hereby authorized and empowered to examine what are the repairs necessary to make the Parish Jail safe for the keeping of prisoners, and to contract with a responsible person to have said repairs made.

 SECTION IV.  Be it further ordained, that it shall be the duty of the said committee to make specifications of the repairs to be made to the said Parish Jail, and to advertise for sealed proposals before making any contract for said repairs.

 Section V.  Be it further ordained, that the amount to be paid for said repairs to said Jail, shall not exceed One Thousand Dollars.
G. DUBAU, President.
Attest: C. H. Mouton, Clerk of the Police Jury.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/14/1874.      

 Police Jury Proceedings.

 According to adjournment, the Police Jury of the parish of Lafayette, met at the Court House on Monday the 5th of October 1874, were present Gabriel Dubau, President Jean Bernard, R. C. Landry, S. J. Montgomery and Rosemond LeBlanc.

 On motion of Mr. Bernard, the reading of the minutes of the last meeting was dispensed with and the minutes were signed.

 On motion of Mr. Dubau, the Report of the Grand Jury on the condition of the parish jail was read and laid on the table subject to call.

 On motion of Mr. R. C. Landry, the yeas and nays were taken on the adoption of the Report of the Committee or Jury appointed to assess the damages to owners of lands through which the road from Broussardville to the dividing line between the parishes of Lafayette and St. Martin and lead to Iberia passes and resulted as follows:  Yeas: G. Dubau, R. C. Landry, Jean Bernard and R. LeBlanc. Nays: S. J. Montgomery. The report was adopted.

 On motion of Mr. Bernard the report of the committee appointed to cancel the parish warrants, was adopted and ordered to be printed, and said committee was ordered to proceed to burn all said warrants as suggested.

 On motion of Mr. LeBlanc, the President appointed S. J. Montgomery, R. C. Landry and Jean Bernard on a committee to examine the report of the District Attorney pro tem on the collection of the delinquent taxes due this parish, and cause such extracts thereof as they may deem unnecessary for public information, to be published.

 On motion of Mr. LeBlanc, the petition of the citizens of the 4th Ward praying that hogs should be allowed to rove, was read and referred to a special committee, composed of Norbert Landry, Gustave St. Julien and Martial Billaud.

 On motion of Mr. Bernard, it was resolved, that the sum of fifty dollars be and the same was appropriated for the relief of John Mouton, an old infirm colored man, and that a parish warrant issue for the same to the order of Jean Bernard.

 On motion of Mr. Bernard, it was resolved, that the sum of fifty dollars be and the same is hereby appropriated for the relief of John Turner an old indigent colored man and that a warrant issue for the same to the order of M. F. Rigues, Esq.

 On motion of Mr. Dubau the use of the Court House was and is granted to the Hyperion Band of Vermilionville, to give one ball therein ;  provided that after the ball every thing therein be replaced in good order.

 On motion of Mr. Montgomery the petition of Mr. Ford Hoffpauir asking compensation for a bridge built by him on the Indian Coulee was read and referred to a committee composed of S. J. Montgomery Dosite Hebert and Marcel G. Broussard.

 The following ordinance presented by Mr. R. C. Landry was read and passed, viz :

 AN Ordinance to establish a Public Road from Broussardville, to the dividing line between the Parishes of Lafayette and St. Martin and leading to New Iberia.

 Be it ordained, That there shall be a public road, from Broussardville, in the parish of Lafayette, to the dividing line between said parish and the parish of St. Martin, leading towards New Iberia, and running through the lands of Valsin Broussard, Madame Maximillien Landry, Belizaire Broussard, Paulin Desseus, E. D. Pellerin, Lucien Duhon, Duplessis Landry and the other proprietors, named in the diagram marked A. filed on the 5th of October, 1874 by C. H. Mouton, clerk of the Police Jury, and kept for reference in the archives of the Police Jury.

 Be it further ordained, that the sum of one hundred and sixty-five dollars be and the same is hereby appropriated to Joseph L. Landry, and the sum of one hundred and eighty dollars, be and the same is hereby appropriated to Clet Landry and the sum of seven dollars and fifty cents be and the same is hereby appropriated to Aurelien Boulay, said amounts to be paid by parish warrants, to be issued to the order of said parties respectively, in full satisfaction of right of way and damages, for the running of said road over their lands ;  provided that said warrants shall not be issued before the aforesaid road shall be opened and delivered to the use of the public.

 On motion of Mr. Dubau, it was resolved by Police Jury of the parish of Lafayette, that there shall be established nine polls or voting places in said parish until otherwise ordained and the same are hereby fixed and established at the following places, to-wit:

 In the first ward there shall be one poll or voting place at the home of Belisaire Cormier, designated as Poll No. 1, and another poll or voting place at Zephirin Boudreau's house, designated as Poll No. 2.

 In the second ward there shall be one poll or voting at Ford Hoffpauir's house, designated as Poll No. 1 and another polling place at Clemille Trahan's store designated as Poll No. 2.

 In the third ward there shall be one poll or voting place at the Court House of this parish as Poll No. 1, and another poll or voting place at the store of Mr. Jean Bernard, designated as Poll No. 2.

 In the fourth ward, there shall be a poll or voting place at Royville, in the ball-room of Jacques Bonnemaison, designated as Poll No. 1, and another poll or voting place at Jean Simon's store, designated as Poll No. 2.

 In the fifth ward there shall be one poll or voting place at Broussardville at Hervillien Broussard's, designated as Poll No. 1.

 Resolved ;  that the following persons be and are hereby appointed commissioners of election, to preside over the same at the different polls, herein above established, to-wit:

 Adolphe Broussard, P. L. Rin and Joseph Brasseaux, are appointed commissioners of election for Poll No. 1, at Belizaire Cormier, in the first ward. Zephirin Boudreau, Charles A. Boudreau and John Caruthers are appointed commissioners of election for Poll No. 2 at Zephirin Boudreau in the first ward.

 H. Jameison, Valery Breaux and Gerassin Doucet, are appointed commissioner of election for Poll No. 2, at Clemille Trahan's store in the second ward. Ford Hoffpauir, Theophile  Breaux and Alexandre Breaux, are appointed commissioners of election for Poll No. 1, at Ford Hoffpauirs in the second ward.

 R. L. McBrie, Louis Roger and J. J. Caffery, are appointed commissioners of election for Poll No. 1, at the Court House in the third ward. V. E. Dupuy, Antheole Bernard and P. D. Guilbeau, are appointed commissioners of election for Poll No. 2, at Jean Bernard's store in the third ward.

 Numa Boudreau, Edouard Comeau and Overton Cade, are appointed commissioners of election for Poll No. 1, at Royville in the fourth ward. E. L. Hebert, Lessin Guidry and C. T. Patin, are appointed commissioners of election for Poll No. 2, at the store of Jean Simon, in the fourth ward.

 J. Gustave St. Julien, Hilaire Bernard and Sidney Greig, are appointed commissioners of election for Poll No. 1, at Broussardville, at Hervillien Broussard in the fifth ward.

 On motion of Mr. Dubau, the clerk of this body was ordered to give notice of their appointment to the commissioners of election, this day appointed and to give notices also to the persons at whose houses, the election polls have been established, said notices to be handed to the constable of this body, to be by him served on said persons.

 On motion of Mr. Dubau, the report of the committee on Public Works, in regard to the digging of a half-moon on the Bayou Vermilion, near the Vermilion Bridge was accepted and said committee is hereby authorized and empowered to make a written contract with Mr. Perry Moses for the digging of said half-moon according to the specifications of his proposals, and to fix the time when said work is to be finished and delivered, said work to be paid for in parish warrants to be drawn by order of said committee, when said work will be accepted by said committee.

 On motion of Mr. Dubau, Resolved that the Supervisor or Registration of this parish, be and he is hereby authorized and empowered to purchase nine poll books for the use of the next election and to present his vouchers for payment.

 On motion of Mr. Dubau; Resolved that hereafter so parish warrants shall be issued payable to the person to whom the amount will be due, and that said warrants shall be receivable in payment only for taxes and other sums which the drawer may owe to the parish, personally ;  and that all resolutions or ordinances contrary to and conflicting with this resolution, are hereby repealed.

 On motion of Mr. Dubau, Resolved that after the 31st day of October 1874, the District Attorney pro tem, is ordered to cause executions to issue on all the judgments due the parish of Lafayette, and to proceed to the collection of the same.

 On motion of Mr. Dubau, Resolved that the District Attorney pro tem, be and he is hereby ordered to discontinue the injunction suit against the Tax Collector of this parish, prohibiting him to collect the taxes due this parish, and to compel him to furnish an additional Bond in favor of the parish as Tax Collector ;  and the resolution passed July 12th, 1874, authorizing the institution of this suit be and same is hereby repealed.

 The following accounts were approved and warrants ordered to issue for the same, viz :

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 On motion of Mr. Jean Bernard the Police Jury then adjourned until the next regular session.
[Signed.] G. DUBAU, President.
C. H. MOUTON, Clerk of the Police Jury.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/14/1874.

 City Council of Vermilionville.

         Regular Session, Sept. 7th, 1874.
  Present: A. Monnier, Mayor and Councilmen Revillon, Mouton, McBride and Bourges. Absent: Coucilmen Landry, Salles and Chargois.

 The reading of the minutes of last meeting were dispensed with.

 On motion it was resolved, That the Constable be and is hereby  authorized to make a bridge over the big ditch, fronting on Washington Street.

 The following accounts were presented and approved:

 Alex. Billeaud, for repairing bridge, etc., $26.50 ; Dick, for making ditch, $2.50.

 On motion, the Council adjourned.
A. MONNIER, Mayor.
H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/14/1874.

 Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 11/14/1874.

 Died suddenly in this place, during the night of Thursday the 12th inst. Mrs. Michel Crouchet, nee Augustine Addison, aged 35 years. The funeral will take place this morning at 9 o'clock.

 We again call upon all those who are indebted to The Advertiser to come up and settle their accounts, if they wish to avoid trouble and costs.

 The reader will find on our French page the majorities for State Treasurer of this State, in the several Parishes as far as compiled.


From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 14th, 1913:


Unless Southern Pacific Officials Concede Settlement - Action Left to Grand Lodge Officers
Pres. Scott Would Not Say Whether Mediation or Arbitration Would Be Resorted To.

 Houston, Tex., Nov. 11. - Ninety-eight per cent of the membership of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Enginemen, Order of Railway Conductors and Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen and Yardmen on the Sunset Central Lines have voted to go on strike unless the company changes from its former position and concedes to a settlement of all grievances of the four orders jointly. Canvas of the referendum vote was completed and the result announced tonight.

 The vote empowers officials of the unions to order out 2,500 enginemen, conductors and other employees on the New Orleans to El Paso division of the Southern Pacific if efforts to arrange a conference with officials of the road fall or if the conference is without result.

 Previous conferences between Southern Pacific officials and representatives of the different employees' organizations failed to adjust the grievances, which includes wages, alleged disregard of contract, and various personal complaints. Efforts were then made to arrange a joint conference of representatives of all the unions involved with the railroad officials, but without result, representatives of the company holding that a conference with the federation would be irregular and contrary to contracts existing between the railroad and different organizations.

 No announcement was made tonight as to when the committee will take action. Likewise Southern Pacific officials here had no statement to make.

President Scott and Assistant General Manager Wald claim that the company is living up to the contracts and is willing to meet the men in accordance with the rule for settling heretofore in effect.

 President Scott said with reference to the results of the strike vote that he was not prepared to discuss the matter until he had given it further consideration. He would not say whether mediation or arbitration would be resorted to or not.

 The next move on the part of the organization will be to advise the grand lodge officers of their respective orders of the results of the strike vote and ask that a strike be ordered unless the company accedes to their demands to settle the grievances of the four orders. Until the order to strike is received or the company takes some action there remains nothing to be done but for both sided to the controversy to await the action of the grand lodge officers.

 There are sixty-seven grievances specified by the members of the orders for adjustment in the demands made upon the company. These, in part, are with reference to clauses of the contracts which the men claim the company is not living up to and on which the officials of the roads place a different interpretation from the men and claim that the company is complying with the conditions of the contract in its entirety.

 The lines affected by the controversy include all of the Sunset Central lines from New Orleans to El Paso, and all branch lines of the company, and involves between 2,500 and 3,000 engine, train and yard men, who are recognized as the strongest organization in railroad service, and which have demonstrated their strength in many strikes throughout the country as single organizations; while in this case they stand together and declare they will continue to do so until the grievances of all the orders are settled to the satisfaction of each order. Lafayette Advertiser 11/14/1913.


 Passes Resolutions and Asks the Commercial Bodies of Southwest La. to Concur.


 Resolutions Wired to Officials of Railroad and Brotherhood, State and U. S. Officials.

 Wednesday afternoon a meeting of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce was held at their office room in the Gordon Hotel to consider the matter of the threatened strike on the Southern Pacific as a result of the strike vote by its employees.

 After a full discussion the following resolutions were adopted and it was resolved to wire the resolutions to the commercial bodies of Southwest Louisiana, with the request that they would also concur:

 Whereas a strike of the employees of the Southern Pacific Railway Company seems imminent, and,
  Whereas, however much of merit there may be in the claims of either side, the loss consequent on interruption of traffic, must at this season of the year prove disastrous to the agriculture and commercial interests of South Louisiana, already hard hit, therefore.

 Be it resolved by Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, that we protect against such strike at this time and urge the parties at issue further consideration and the submission of different to mediation or arbitration;
  Be it further resolved that copies of this resolution be forwarded to the officials of the railways and of the unions and to state and national officials having supervision over the regulation of traffic.

 Secretary Martin has heard from Thibodeaux, Opelousas and Baton Rouge and all heartily concur in the resolutions.

 Wednesday night the resolutions were sent to the railroad officials and the brotherhood officers at Houston, and yesterday to Gov. Hall and other State officers and Unites States officials. Lafayette Advertiser 11/14/1913.


It certainly is to be hoped that means will be found to avert the threatened strike on the Southern Pacific. Strikes are bad at all times, inflicting hardships on the strikers, on the railroad and on the public. Just at this time a strike will be calamitous to this section, of it is the season of rushing the cane to the refineries and interference in transportation will cause a big loss to the cane growers.

 Southwest Louisiana has already suffered disastrously from rains this year and a heavy loss now of the cane is something to be prevented if possible.

 As to the controversy between the railroad and employees there is without doubt ground where both can come together amicably with justice to each, and this ground can be found by arbitration.

 Both parties should consider the rights of the public and be willing to submit their differences to arbitration and do so in a spirit of material concession, recognizing that while each of them has rights the public has rights too. Lafayette Advertiser 11/14/1913.


 Delegates from of the important commercial bodies of New Orleans met at the Sugar Exchange of that city Tuesday, after announcement of the result of the vote by the Southern Pacific employees as to "striking", and the general sense of the gathering, which was thoroughly harmonious, it is announced, was that the organizzation should "Keep their hands free to act after the situation had developed itself and that any action at the present time would be unwise."

 There may be sound wisdom in the decision of the organization, but it looks to us like wisdom of the kind that shuts the stable door after the horse is stolen. What is the use of waiting until the road is tied up and traffic disorganized? If they can do anything, now is the time to do it. An ounce of precaution is worth a pound of cure. Certainly waiting add to their weight, influence or argument; neither will effecting a settlement after the strike is on put a single spray more of glory in their caps than effecting a settlement of differences before the strike is called. Of the New Orleans organization can do anything, let them do it now. Lafayette Advertiser 11/14/1913.


 Wednesday night the Southern Pacific employees, through the chairman of the committees representing the different organizations, presented and ultimatum to Pres. W. B. Scott and Assistant General Manager G. S. Wald of the Sunset-Central lines, informing them that negotiations would cease last night at 7 p. m. and a general strike be called. Up to the time of going to press we were unable to learn if anything had transpired to avoid a strike, but the road had appealed to the Federal Board of Mediation and the unions had intimated that a solution of the difficulties through the newlands amendment to the Erdman arbitration act would be acceptable to them, which lead to the belief that the strike would not come off. Lafayette Advertiser 11/14/1913.

Progressing Backward.
  [From the Shoe and Leather Gazette.]

 The Gazette recently noted a statement that the grocers of Benton Harbor, Michigan, were all keeping their stores open till ten o'clock at night, one firm going even farther than that and keeping open all night long.

 This is progressing backward, with a vengeance. There may be good reasons for keeping the stores open till ten o'clock on perhaps one or at most two nights in the week, but till ten o'clock every night is utter foolery.

 A shoe store, or a general store keeping shoes, might not be affected by such action on the part of the grocers, although the example would have its influence on the buying public, and would tend to lead them to demand that all stores remain open late.

 And the public would not buy a dollar's worth more, one week with another, than they would buy if the stores closed at a decent time of day - not a dollar's worth.

 In cities, there is necessary night work that keeps a certain part of the population (in small part) up all night, and it is necessary that they be fed, etc. Therefore all-night restaurants are needful institutions.

 But these same people can, and do, buy their goods in daytime. There is no need of keeping the stores open for them, no call for it, and consequently no stores are open.

 It is only in the smaller town that the idea of working clerks 24 hours a day becomes the apparent ideal that the storekeeper strive to attain.

 And the trouble very often is, that some one among the lot who was born with only half the quota of legs that nature intended to give him when furnishing forth his mental equipment, insists upon waiting to grab the last cent in sight - when the same cent would come to him hours earlier, if it had to come then or wait till morning.

 It is progressing backward to unduly increase the length of the store-keeping day. There is nothing in it, and it is contrary to the best business principles. 

From the Shoe and Leather Gazette and in the Lafayette Gazette 11/14/1903.  

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