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From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 15th, 1905:

Laborers Versus Loafers. 

 The subject of immigration  into the South as to be discussed in the Quarantine Convention which opened yesterday in Chattanooga. It is an important matter.

 The South needs large additions to its labor supply. The people of the Southern States are realizing a fact which obtains in every country in the world, that with the increase of population that refuses to work, and seeks to live on the labor or the property of others.

 Many of these are criminals who make a business of of preying on society by violent and dishonest means. There have always been said, and there will always be hordes of robbers, swindlers and other thieves of every sort and figure. They are kept down in some countries by a heavy hand, but in this land of liberty they have an easier time than in any other, and they prove this by by the manner in which they flock thither from every other land and the success with which they escape serious punishment. The petty thieves are commonly the ones that are caught. The big operators go free for a long time before, if ever, they are rounded up and made to pay a penalty.

 But the professional thieves are not the only class, or even the largest, whose members live without performing any useful labor or service. We have in our great Republic the professional loafers, who as a general rule are hoodlums or ruffians, who live upon their friends and families. They are, for the most part, men who start out to live upon the labor of mother and sisters or an old father, and finally they become criminals. maintaining themselves by various dishonest and disgraceful means. They are educated in the public schools, but, having made up their minds never to perform any useful part in life, they exist as they can by dishonorable means.

 It is doubtful if the hoodlum exists in any other country than this, for nowhere else would he be tolerated by the authorities, or except where they are wealthy, could he be supported in idleness by his hard-working relatives. The hoodlum is entirely distinct from the tramp, who is a wandering vagabond. The hoodlum is an inhabitant of cities, for only there does he find the means of living in absolute idleness. This distinct American product is probably fungal growth of our free institutions. He adopts the maxim that he is under the law as good as any other free-born citizen, without considering that the quality of goodness in citizenship is not created by law, but is made by character and achievements. Under an American system a man is not good except in so far as he demonstrates his goodness, and that is done by his honesty, his industry, his fidelity to the trusts that are confided to him. No man under our system is entitled to consideration because of the distinction of his ancestry or the worthiness of his family. No man is as good as another unless his behavior demonstrates his quality. The equality under the law is guaranteed by the Constitution means no more than the equality of right that insures to every individual to do his best, and to get what he may be able to win in the business of life.

 But many persons interpret equality to mean that they have an equal right to everything that goes to make up comfort, enjoyment, wealth and whatever else is to be desired, and they claim a right to take, without working for it, the fruit of other men's trials, exertions and talents. Such is the hoodlum. At first he preys upon his friends and others who will suffer it. Finally, when they cast him off, he becomes a criminal hesitating at no crime.

 It is the most fertile and productive soul that the poisonous fungus grows. It is under the free and beneficent institutions of the world's greatest Republic that the noxious social fungus, the hoodlum, originates and flourishes. These creatures in the United States number hundreds of thousands. When they are counted with the hordes of tramps and the army of professional criminals out of prison in this country number not less than a million or more, enjoying all the benefits of American liberty never perform an act of useful service, but live by preying upon the labor and property of the balance of the population.

 The number is constantly increasing, and the day will come when society will have to arm itself and take special measures for protection from these human parasites and predatory creatures that will seek to devour the substance of the industrious and thrifty members of the population.

 For the reasons set forth above, it becomes a pressing duty to see to it that while we in the South are inviting labor from other States of the Union and from foreign countries we do not increase the hordes of our criminals and our pestilential loafers. 

 From the New Orleans Picayune re-printed in the Lafayette Advertiser 11/15/1905


Refunding of Waterworks and Electric Light Bonds Considered, Also Proposition to Build Modern High School.                                                                

And to Make Other Improvements. Thirty-five Hundred Dollars Appropriated for the Schools.

 A special meeting of the City Council was held last Wednesday night with all members present except Messrs. Boudreaux and Girard. Mayor Mouton stated as the object of the meeting to consider suggestions by Messrs. Coronna and Hopkins as to providing for a modern central high school building, the retirement of the outstanding waterworks and electric light bonds and other public improvements.

 Dr. Trahan proposed that the school appropriation for this year be taken up, but Mr. Coronna requested that he be heard before this should be done, which being agreeable, he presented figures showing the estimated receipts and disbursement for the year, in which $3,500 were allowed for the schools. After speaking of what the revenues would permit in the way of providing for the bonds and their inadequacy to provide for their payment at maturity next March, he read for consideration "a proposed ordinance to refund the present outstanding water and light bonds, to build a modern brick or stone school house and to build a brick or stone structure over the present water and light machinery, and for other needed improvements in the corporation of Lafayette," the ordinance proposed to raise the necessary funds by a special tax and provides for the manner of handling the funds. Mayor Mouton expressed his approval of the general idea embraced. On discussion it was developed that the plan as a whole but were not agreed as to details. Mr. Crow Girard  during the discussion asked and received permission  top give his views, and urged that it would be a mistake to depend upon current revenues to make the contemplated improvements and retire the bonds. He submitted also details as to tax and amount necessary to raise. It was finally decided that it would be best to have a committee outline plan with details and a meeting be held Monday night, Nov. 13, to which the public should be invited before definite action would be taken. Messrs. Hopkins, Trahan and Krauss were appointed.

 When the amount to be appropriated for the schools was taken up, Mr. Hopkins strongly urged that $4,500, which is 3 mills in assessment, be given. The matter was under discussion some time. All members seemed willing, but felt uncertain about as to that amount being available. The proposition was advanced that the Council appropriate $3,500 payable on or before Feb. 1. with understanding that if the Council found itself able it was to pay the additional $1,000 or as much of it as it could. This was satisfactory to Mr. Hopkins who was insisting on the full $4,500, and the motion was put and carried. During the discussion as to the school appropriation Dr. E. L. Stephens spoke of the need of money for the schools, especially since the Police Jury had cut its appropriation.

 The question of annexing the suburbs was brought up by Mr. Coronna and after a brief consideration Messrs. Hopkins, Trahan and Begnaud were appointed to prepare data to enable the Council to act.

 Dr. Stephens called attention to the need of a crossing over Industrial avenue at Johnston street, also the fixing of a bridge near there for the benefit of the school children. The work was ordered done at once.

 The resolution passed at a previous meeting requiring users of electric lights to call at collector's office and settle, was amended, and the collector instructed to call once. If not paid, to leave notice that bill must be paid at city hall by 5th of month or service would be discontinued.

 Lafayette Advertiser 11/15/1905.                                                                                             

Other Credit Due. 

We forgot to say last week that several of the school boys at the high school were due credit for volunteering to help put the walk across the muddy street.

 The boys and girls of the schools are always ready to help with anything that is to be done, and will volunteer to stay after school to do it, or even to go to school on Saturday for that purpose. Before the school could afford a janitor the boys and girls did much of the sweeping and scoured the floors and windows on Saturdays.

 The Advertiser is glad to learn of this and to commend the public spiritedness of the pupils of the Lafayette schools. Lafayette Advertiser 11/15/1905


On Baton Rouge-Lafayette Road as Soon as Right of Way Is Secured.

 Which General Agent Lee Thinks Will Be Dec. 1. - Estimated Cost of Building Is $2,000,000.

 [Baton Rouge Times.]

 J. M. Lee, general agent for the Southern Pacific road, who has been for the past six months devoting himself to the matter of securing the rights of way for the Lafayette-Baton Rouge branch of the road, today said that he believed that by Dec. 1 the rights of way through the different parishes would have been secured by the committees working for them. As soon as these rights of way are secured, work will begin upon the construction of the road.

 Mr. Lee says that as soon as the deeds are turned over to him, the rails and ties will be placed on the ground and the work will be pushed forward. He estimates that, because of the large amount of bridge work that will have to be done, the construction work will cost something like $2,000,000.

 Mr. Lee has now returned to New Orleans as headquarters after being out of that city for three months. He made his headquarters in Baton Rouge much of the time, working upon the right of way matters in this section, and then left here for the western end of the proposed branch line, where he has been working since the first of September.

 During the past three months, he has been in a buggy over the entire route of the proposed road, has held conferences with all of the committees, and announces after these conferences that the rights of way will be secured in all of the parishes by Dec. 1. From the Baton Rouge Times and in the Lafayette Advertiser 11/15/1905.      

The Railroad Right of Way.

 An active interest is being shown by the public in the matter of securing the right of way for the Lafayette-Baton Rouge Railroad. The people are wide awake to the importance of the undertaking and an earnest effort is being made to bring the work of the committee on right of way to a successful ending.

 Messrs. C. D. Caffery, Crow Girard and P. L. DeClouet went to New Orleans Monday in the interest of the new railroad line, and a full meeting of the Committee on right of way was held yesterday forenoon to discuss further plans in connection with the getting of the right of way the Committee having not much more to do in this direction beyond adjusting some differences existing between the Committee and two or three property holders who have placed unreasonable valuations upon their land along the proposed route.

 It is earnestly hoped that these differences will be amiably settled without delay, and to the satisfaction of everybody concerned. Establishing railway connection with the Mississippi river at Baton Rouge, a distance of about fifty miles, will open up new and great opportunities for Lafayette town and parish along business and industrial lines, and no impediments ought to be put in the way of an early consummation of this very important undertaking
. Lafayette Advertiser 11/15/1905.


All Day Trains Back On.

 Last Sunday all the day trains of the Southern Pacific were put on again, leaving the service without the night trains, Nos. 7 and 8. The trains now run on the same schedule as before the interference of quarantine.

 Judging from the number of passengers on these trains one would think that the service would not long be complete without the other trains, for there seems to be an immense amount of passenger traffic these days.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/15/1905.


 A special meeting of the City Council was held Wednesday night to consider a number of pressing matters, among them the "bond situation" as the outstanding waterworks and electric light bonds will soon fall due and provision must be made for their payment; and ways and means for the erection of a modern high school building which is becoming a matter of urgent and persistent necessity to accommodate the demands of the increased attendance and of better provision for the health of the children; besides a number of other improvements which include a city hall, a brick building to protect the fine and costly machinery at the power-house, extensions of the water mains and light service and other things.
The meeting showed an entire accord among the members as to these progressive, useful and necessary moves, and they manifested an earnest purpose to accomplish all these good things for the people, if possible.

 But before things can be done, a way to do them must be planned and the necessary funds obtained. The meeting last Wednesday night was to take up "the how" and "the wherewith" in regard to these improvements and we may consider the preliminaries as fairly under way, with a purpose animating the Council to persist until the objects in view are realized.

 In this undertaking, and what the Council has in contemplation means large things to the city, and the Council displayed a wise and commendable spirit in inviting the public, and especially men of counsel to meet with them and give of their wisdom and experience. These moves are for the benefit of everybody and all should share in the credit - there will be credit enough to go around.

 The sentiment among members of the Council as to the improvements was unanimous and complimentary to both their public spirit and their progressiveness, but there appeared to be rather too much hesitation, as seems to us, in regard to the amount to be raised. The disposition to try to raise just enough to provide what will answer for present necessities, and "without so much ornament," as was expressed by one of the councilmen, should be laid aside. Let us remember that we won't build another central high school building for we hope, twenty years at least, and as we are going to build for twenty years and by no means, omit the "ornaments." We want a school building that will be modern in every respect, and let it be a thing of architectural beauty. We older people can not go to school and enjoy its comforts, but we can admire its beautiful proportions and show it with pride to our visitors. The building will be for all of us and let us enjoy it. Don’t be afraid to set aside enough for a school building, and in the other matters, let’s don’t be too modest. Determine what is necessary to do things right and then tackle the proposition boldly. You will find the people are ready for whole measures and not half measures.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/15/1905:


 The Herald Square Comic Opera Company gave a splendid performance in the Jefferson Theatre last Friday night, and some clever acting by several members of the cast elicited rounds of applause from a well audience. This company has undoubtedly made a great hit in Lafayette and would meet with a hearty welcome on a return engagement. Lafayette Advertiser 11/15/1905.

 Raffles, the Dog.

 An interesting and novel departure from the ordinary routine of every day life, is the short but brilliant career of "Raffles" the canine highwayman. His prowess at picking pockets, stealing grips, snatching pocket books, etc., forms the plot of an exceedingly funny and novel picture production, embraced in the new and elaborate program to be presented during the coming engagement of Archie L. Shepard's high class Moving Pictures at the Jefferson Theatre, Friday, Nov. 17, 1905.

 Remarkable progress has been made in the art of animated photography during the past summer and Mr. Shepard's exhibition, delightful as it has proven in the past, promises this time to outrival its former success in every way. Night prices 25 cents and 50 cents. Matinee 15 and 25 cents. Lafayette Advertiser 11/15/1905.    


A Delightful Euchre.

 Mrs. J. Straughan entertained at a delightful euchre on Friday evening last at her home in Mudd's addition. The games proved very exciting. Mrs. B. N. Coronna and Mrs. Chas. Parkerson tied for the first prize, an exquisite cutglass bowl, which fell to Mrs. Coronna. Mmes. R. D. Voorhies, Vic Levy and D. Schwartz cut for the second prize, a lovely chocolate pitcher, which was captured by Mrs. Voorhies. The booby, a pretty hand painted bon bon dish was won by Mrs. Joe Mouton. Delicious refreshments were served, and a most delightful evening was spent by all present. Those present were: Mmes. Jagou, B. N. Coronna, C. Parkerson, A. Doucet, Vic Levy, Sidney Mouton, R. D. Voorhies, F. E. Broussard, D. Schwartz, S. R. Parkerson, Louis Lacoste, Ricker, J. Tooke, Joe Mouton, Jim Parkerson, and Miss Gertrude Coronna. Lafayette Advertiser 11/15/1905.

 The Woman's Euchre Club.

 The Woman's Euchre Club was delightfully entertained by Mrs. C. W. Breeding on Thursday last, and a most enjoyable evening was spent by all. The first prize was won by Mrs. B. J. Pellerin, and Mrs. Albert Doucet and Mrs. Dr. Voorhies tied for the second prize, which fell to the lot of Mrs. Voorhies, who presented it to the guest of the evening, Mrs. Blum. Delicious refreshments were served, and the Club adjourned to meet with Mrs. N. Abramson on Thursday, Nov. 16. Lafayette Advertiser 11/15/1905.


U. D. C. Euchre.

 The progressive euchre given by the Daughters of the Confederacy Monday evening was fairly well attended, and the receipts were satisfactory.

 The ladies' first prize, a handsome picture, was won by Mrs. Sidney Mouton, Miss Melancon being the winner of the ladies' lone hand prize, a beautiful vase. The first and second gentleman's prizes, a pair of clothes brushes and a pair of gold cuff buttons, were won by Messrs. A. J. LeBlanc and S. Wyble, respectively.

 Dancing was indulged in by the young people until an advanced hour.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/15/1905.

The Cane Crop.

 [La. Planter and Sugar Manufacturer.]

 The reports from the sugar district this week indicate in general that there is a feeling of disappointment in practically every portion of the sugar belt over the conditions which have surrounded the harvesting of the crop so far. The cane has not only been found considerably below the normal tonnage per acre, but also lacking in the saccharine contents which is usually possesses at this date in the season. In addition to this we have had, during the past week, an exceptionally heavy rain, which has retarded field work and complicated the transportation problem, which is the chief element in the successful grinding of the cane crop. To sum up the situation, the outlook is distinctly less favorable than it was before the beginning of the campaign. We shall hope to experience better weather and to be able to publish better new later on, but unless the weather conditions change materially in favor of the crop, it will be a disappointing one, and unfortunately disappointing not only in itself, but in another direction which even good weather cannot mitigate - the price secured for the sugar. From the La. Sugar Planter and Manufacturer and in the Lafayette Advertiser of 11/15/1905.

Also at the Jefferson.

 Jules Murry has always stood for clean drama. His many years of experience as a theatrical caterer have convinced him that the public would rather breathe an atmosphere of candor and truth in the purity of home than sit through a decadent plot and story. In presenting this season his scenic revival of "Hazel Kirke," with charming Effie Ellsler again in the title role, he has eclipsed his reputation as a clean producer. "Hazel Kirke" has this season won plaudits from the pulpit, press and people in every city: The production has been presented and the original New York success of this beautiful play has been duplicated it not eclipsed. At the Jefferson, November 22. Lafayette Advertiser 11/15/1905.   


Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 11/15/1905.

 Thursday it rained more or less all day, and as a result business was exceedingly quiet. The dampness and general wetness of the day kept people indoors.

 A number of wooden crossings have been put down recently by the Council at points where crossings were specially needed.

 Work on the Moss & Co. new dry goods and hardware store buildings is being pushed right along by Contractor Van Dyke. The foundations were completed Friday and the walls are going up rapidly.

 He who travels the alley in front of Bill Lewis's home, and daily several hundreds have occasion to do so, can't help being struck with the fact that for a trifling outlay, that almost impassable mud hole could be fixed and the alley made traversable in all kinds of weather - and he can't help wondering why the street committee doesn't have it fixed.

 Some of these days the City Council will open the street passing next to the Bill Lewis place, grade it up and give it a name, which is a prophecy of what will be done - some day.

 Sheriff Lacoste arrested a negro named Jos. Antoine last week charged with criminal assault.

Raymond, the two year old son of Mrs. Desire Doucet, of Scott, was choked to death last Friday afternoon by a pecan, which accidentally became lodged in his throat. The Advertiser regrets having to chronicle this sad occurrence.

 Proprietor Felix Salles and ex-manager Henry Gerac of the Gordon Hotel visited Alexandria Sunday, returning Monday. They had gone on a little business.

 J. A. Deffez, the hustling manager of the Lafayette Mattress Factory made a business trip to Opelousas Monday.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/15/1905.

From the Lafayette Gazette of November 15th, 1902:


 Committed by a Negro in the Second Ward.

 Joseph McCare or McCoy, a negro, is in the jail of this parish, charged with a monstrous crime. The victim of this beast is a highly respected lady of the second ward. The affidavit, which charges McCoy with this most revolting of crimes, was made before Justice Wagner by the injured person herself, who is a widow and lives with several children.

 The shrieks of the unfortunate woman were heard by a neighbor who hastened to the rescue, but the black fiend had done his work and was seen to disappear in the darkness. We refrain from giving further particulars of this terrible outrage. Suffice to say that the negro, who will have to answer for this fiendish act, awaits the judgement of the court. If he is proven guilty, and there seems to be no doubt of his guilt, let us hope that it will not be long before he will be made to join others of his accursed brood who have expiated their crimes on the gallows.

 Wednesday night Sheriff Broussard drove to the second ward and found that about two hundred men had gathered for the purpose of coming to town to get the negro out of jail. Sheriff Broussard reasoned with the men, telling them that as the negro was in the hands of the authorities it would be better to let the law take its course. The people heeded the advice of the sheriff and decided to appoint a committee to call upon Judge Debaillon at Crowley with a view of having a special term of court to try the case as soon as practicable.

 This case should be tried as soon as the court can be convened for that purpose, and knowing the judge and district attorney as we do, we have no doubt that a speedy trial will be had. Lafayette Gazette 11/15/1902.


 Filed by Citizens of Lafayette Being Investigated.

 Gilbert Moyers, a lawyer from Washington, D. C., and a commissioner of the Federal court of claims, were here this week to look into some war claims made by citizens of this parish. They met Monday in Judge Monnier's office and examined a claim of $19,750 filed by the heirs of Valery Breaux and one of $26,560 made by the heirs of Louisa Breaux. Considerable evidence was taken to prove these claims and it is believed the claimants have a good chance of being paid. Mr. Moyers will return to Lafayette during the latter part of December when the following claims will be investigated: John A. Rigues, $11,443; Catherine Hilbert, $15,900; J. B. Cheppert, $6,500; Bennet Lily, $750; Jean Constantin, $700; Zephirin Doucet, Sr., $62,000; Edw. T. Broussard, $15,750; Mrs. M. A. Carter, $1,250. Judge Monnier requests The Gazette to state that he as some valuable information relative to the foregoing claims which he will be pleased to give to the parties interested. Lafayette Gazette 11/15/1902.

Special Meeting of the School Board.

 Lafayette, La., Nov. 6, 1902. - At a called meeting of the Board of School Directors the following members constituting a quorum were present: Mr. A. Olivier, president; Messrs. Alex Delhomme, Jasper Spell, Dr. Moss, S. J. Montgomery. Absent: Dr. Roy O. Young, H. Theall, A. C. Guilbeau, Pierre R. Landry.

 The president stated briefly the object of the meeting.

 Mr. Jules Langlinais, of Broussard, explained to the Board the donation of the two-story building by the Farmer's Alliance, the bad condition of the building and asked that the Board repair the school house at once. The citizens, he said, had contributed $162.80 in cash and a building and lot worth not less than $1,300.

 On motion of Dr. Moss, duly seconded by Mr. Spell, the president and secretary were authorized to make all necessary repairs on the Broussardville school building; and the president was further authorized to sign the warrant to cover the cost of the repairs.

 Dr. Moss moved that the Board adopt it as a rule hereafter to duplicate any sum raised by any community of this parish for repairing, furnishing or otherwise improving public school property the title to which shall be vested in the School Board, providing all sums go raised by the different communities be placed in the treasury of the School Board and spent under their direction. Provided further that the Board may revoke this resolution as soon as the funds set aside for improving school building has been exhausted. Being seconded by Mr. Spell the above resolution was carried.

 On motion duly seconded the sum of one hundred dollars was appropriated for placing the Roger School in condition for opening as soon as possible.

 The balance left over after making the necessary repairs may be applied to furnishing the school house with modern furniture, provided the community raise an equal amount for that purpose. The superintendent was instructed to carry this resolution into effect.

 The secretary was authorized to have printed a pamphlet of detailed instructions to the teachers, and the president was authorized to issue a warrant for same out of the Institute fund.

 The following bills were approved:


 There being no further business the Board adjourned.
 A. OLIVIER, President.
 L. J. ALLEMAN, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 11/15/1902.




Mrs. Martial Billeaud, Sr.

 Mr. Martial Billeaud, Sr., died at her home near Broussardville, at 11 o'clock a. m. Tuesday, Nov. 11. Mrs. Billeaud's maiden name was Lucile St. Julien. She was 68 years of age and was a native of this parish.

 The funeral service was held Wednesday afternoon at the home of the deceased and was conducted by Father Roguet of Royville. The burial took place in the Broussardville cemetery. many people attended the service and followed the remains to the grave. Mrs. Billeaud was a most estimable lady, possessing in a marked degree those qualities of heart and mind which are distinct characteristics of the Christian wife and mother. Her death was a fitting close of a life spent in the performance of duty - in the service of her family and her God. Though two years yet remained to fill the allotted term of three score and ten, she lived long enough to see her children become honored and useful citizens of the community. She leaves five children to mourn her death and to share with an aged father that bitterest of human griefs which the diving power alone can assuage.
Lafayette Gazette 11/15/1902.

Joseph H. Wise.

 Joseph H. Wise, a prominent Mason, known in many parts of the State, and at the time of his death a member of the firm of Wise & Levy, in Biloxi, died at Touro Infirmary at 11 a. m., yesterday.

 Mr. Wise was seventy-two years old and had lived an active business career, which embraced commercial connections at different times in Mobile, New Iberia and Lafayette. Since 1900, Mr. Wise has been in business at Biloxi. He was a stranger to this country until 1854, when he came to New Orleans from Poland. In 1860 he married Miss Carolina W. Ehrman, a sister of the well-known bankers of Panama, Henry and Felix Ehrman.

 In spite of his busy life, Mr. Wise found the time for active participation in Masonic duties and pleasures, for the cultivation of his intellect, and for many forms of charitable work. In addition to all this he was a member of B'nai B'rith. As a Mason Mr. Wise held honored positions. He was High Priest of the Grand Lodge of Louisiana, and Master Mason of the Aurora Lodge.

 The services of burial will be read this morning at 9 o'clock by the rev. Max Heller, at the home of the deceased's sister-in-law, 1629 Melpomene street. The interment, however, will be in Lafayette, where Mr. Wise founded the Jewish cemetery. On account of Mr. Wise's high Masonic connections, Masons from New Iberia. Jeanerette and Abbeville will meet the morning train on the Southern Pacific at Lafayette, where Masonic rites will be performed at the burial.

 Mr. Wise is survived by his wife and only brother, Soloman Wise of Abbeville. -- N. O. Times-Democrat, Nov. 13.

 The remains of Mr. Wise were met at the arrival of the train from New Orleans by a large number of people including the local Masonic lodge. The burial took place in the Jewish cemetery, where the Masonic rites were performed, Past Grand Master Robt. Cage conducting the ceremony. Mr. Cage, who spoke feelingly of the deceased, was followed by Rev. C. C. Kramer who paid a touching and eloquent tribute to the memory of Mr. Wise. Mr. Wise was engaged in business here about 25 years ago and is remembered by many of the townspeople. All who knew him speak highly of him.
Lafayette Gazette 11/15/1902.

Boys in Trouble.

 Percy Fields and Louis Wendt, two white boys, were arrested this week on a charge of entering the homes of Messrs. Hugh Wallis and Edward Broussard and carrying away several articles of value. Among the articles stolen from Mr. Wallis are a pistol, a knife, a pair of leggings and some jewelry. A shotgun was taken from Mr. Broussard's house. Lafayette Gazette 11/15/1902.

The Longest Bean.

 Mr. John Whittington has sent The Gazette a pair of bean pods. The mere statement that Mr. Whittington has sent us two bean pods is not calculated to excite any interest, except perhaps in a Boston bean-eater. But the length of these pods makes them peculiarly interesting. Each measures sixteen inches and has a cylindrical shape. Mr. Whittington says that the name of this singularly formed bean is unknown to him, but that it furnishes excellent food for man and beast. It is grown on his place and is very productive. Lafayette Gazette 11/15/1902.


 The Gazette has always contended that any effort to organize a white Republican party in the South is doomed to failure. - Lafayette Gazette.

 You are right. Every last sinecure is pre-empted in Perpetua. - Harlequin.

 You may call it a sinecure, brother, but it is nevertheless a fact that no white Republican organization can hope to succeed on the South. The white people of the Southern States will never trust the Republican party with their governmental affairs. They never did. They had once to submit to force and fraud and permit their country to be despoiled by negroes and white men who called themselves Republicans. Of course, this in an old story and we would not repeat it now if the Republican party did not stand to-day for the same principle which made reconstruction odious and intolerable. But the Republican party is forever wedded to the idea of negro suffrage. It made the negro a free man and then it clothed him with the franchise. Its sole claim to immorality rests upon the emancipation proclamation of President Lincoln and the amendment which made the negro the political equal of the white man. That sentiment - if it can be dignified into a sentiment - has given the Republican party control of the Federal government which it has kept since the war with the comparatively short interruption of eight years. The Republican party would not, if it could, undo all the mischief it has done to the South. It could not, if it would, take away from the "colored brother: the right to vote and to hold office. A handful of Lily Whites in the South cannot change this "time-honored" policy of the Republican party. Their intentions may be good, but their judgment is sadly defective.

 No Republican of prominence has ever subscribed to the plan of the Lily Whites who would exclude the negro from their organization. Gen. Clarkson, Roosevelt's own manager, has issued his dictum to the Lily Whites of North Carolina and has bluntly told them that no self-respecting Republican would discriminate against the colored man. And now comes the removal, by the president, of Mr. Bingham, Lily White collector of internal revenue in Alabama, merely because he was one of the leaders in the movement to organize a White Republican party in that State. In explaining the action of President Roosevelt, Postmaster General Payne says:

 "Neither the administration nor the Republican party of the North will stand for the exclusion of any section by our people by reason of their race or color, when in other respects such persons have complied with the laws and are now eligible under the law to full and free participation in political action, and are of a high standard of personal character. In other words, there are now a hundred colored men in Alabama who come up to the requirements of the recently adopted State constitution, and are eligible for participation in political affairs, and the action of the Republican convention is referred to in arbitrarily excluding them is not approved, no more than such action would be approved if it were taken in Ohio or Indiana."

 Without the confidence of the white people of the South and denied any recognition at the hands of the constituted authorities at Washington, the Lily White party has neither head nor tail. Without friends at home and sympathizers at court its position has ceased to be even interesting.

 We always believed that two white parties would be beneficial to the South. We believe it now. But one of these parties can never call itself "Republican" and hope to enjoy the support and confidence of enough Southern white men to enjoy the support and confidence of enough Southern white men to become a factor in the political life of the South.
Lafayette Gazette 11/15/1902.





 From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 15th, 1902:


On lot in Boudreaux's Addition fronting 250 feet on Scott road with blacksmith shop and residence. Price $1500.

 The entire stock of ten cents bargain center store. Purchaser by adding a few other lines would make it a very business.

 A complete (unreadable words) with a capacity of ten tons a day. Situated on lots Nos. 11, 12, 13, 14. Sec. 24 McComb addition and being 200 feet from S. P. depot. Buildings are large enough to increase capacity of (unreadable word). Will sell machinery separate.

 Lot and cabin in McComb addition for sale cheap. Price $350.

 Not No 146, Mouton addition; price $200.

 Lot No 61, Mouton addition; price $225.

 Lots Nos 186 202 203, Mouton addition; price $225.

 Lots in Girard, Mouton, Mills, McComb, Mudd, Doucet-Trahan, and S.R. Parkerson additions for sale cheap and on terms to suit purchaser.

 Three lots Nos 3, 4, 5 on Grant ave. one with hotel and other improvements, price $4,725.

 Five lots Nos 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Sq. 8 McComb addtion fronting Lincoln avenue with all improvements and fine home, price $4,200.

 Lot No. 119 on Vermilion and Madison Sts. with an up-to-date baker shop and other improvements, price $3,500.

 Lots 171 and 180 corner Congress, Douglas and Buchanan Sts. with improvements, price $5,000.

 Lots Nos, 92 and 63, Mouton addition corner Lee Avenue and Stewart St with two houses, price $650.

 Lot No. 280,  50 feet from Vermilion St., by 170 feet on Adam St, with all improvements, price $2,560.'

 Lot No. 208, corner Pierce and Congress Sts. with or without improvements.

 Lots Nos 16 and 17 corner Lincoln avenue and Chestnut St. with all improvements at $6,000.

 Lot No 62 and part of 61 on Madison St. with all improvements, a fine home. Price $5,000.

 Lots Nos 113, 165, 166 with all improvements, Mills addition, also lots Nos 323 342, 343 Mouton addition. Make me an offer on them.

 Two large lots, Nos. 6 and 7, in Mills addition with good residence, cheap at $1,600.

 Lot No 3 on St. John street, 81 feet front my a depth of 625 feet, with one of the most comfortable houses in the town on it, beautifully shaded, price $6,500. Lots Nos. 73, 74 90 and 91.

 Mouton addition, corner Lee avenue, Main and Stewart Sts., with large hotel and residence and other improvements, price $6,000.

Lafayette Advertiser 11/15/1902

Arrested. - Tuesday, Marshal Peck arrested two white boys, Percy Fields, and Louis Wend, of New Orleans on the charge of passing Confederate money on an old Syrian women to the amount of $20.00. Neither of the boys is over 16. They are also charged with stealing a lot of Jewelry, a pistol and gun from different parties. Wendt made a clean breast of the whole matter, and further developments are expected.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/15/1902.

  Boys in Trouble. - Percy Fields and Louis Wendt, two white boys, were arrested this week on a charge of entering the homes of Messrs. Hugh Wallis and Edward Broussard and carrying away several articles of value. Among the articles stolen from Mr. Wallis are a pistol, a knife, a pair of leggings and some jewelry. A shotgun was taken from Mr. Broussard's house. Lafayette Gazette 11/15/1902.

 Ill in New Orleans. - News reached here Thursday morning that Mr. Albert Delahoussaye was critically ill in New Orleans where he had gone to attend to some business. Mrs. Albert Delahoussaye left on the noon train to go to the bedside of her husband. She was accompanied by her brother-in-law, Mr. Alex Delahoussaye. Up to yesterday evening there was no change in the condition of Mr. Delahoussaye.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/15/1902.

 Doubled Up! - Is a terse expression for the consolidation of the famous Gentry Shows. For almost a quarter of a century the Gentry Bros. famous trained animal shows have been the leading tented exhibitions of this country. This season finds the parades and performances twice the size of former years. Two herds of Baby Elephants, Two Mammoth droves of performing Ponies, Two caravans of educated Camels, a double drove of educated Dogs, an augmented Company of performing Monkeys, to say nothing of the many other new and indescribable acts introduced, since the permanent consolidation of these mighty Shows. Superb, it accurately describes the merits of the consolidated parades of Gentry Bros. Famous Shows United which will exhibit here Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 2:30 and 8 p. m., southeast of freight depot. Lafayette Gazette 11/15/1902.

The Field Stock Company. - Mr. Sylvester, the clever manager of the Field Stock Company, deserves credit for the quality of his entertainments. The performances of this company, which has been playing at Falk's opera-house since Wednesday, have been entirely satisfactory if we may judge from the favorable comments of the theatre-goers. Mr. Sylvester was pleased to receive a letter from Mr. Liverman, a well-known lawyer at Mansfield, who paid a handsome compliment to the company and expressed the hope that it would meet with the success it deserved. The company will play to-night, to-morrow night and probably Monday. Lafayette Gazette 11/15/1902.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 15th, 1890:

 The President has issued a proclamation appointing Nov. 27th for the annual Thanksgiving.

The war department has officially decided that the late war lasted four years and fifteen days, commencing on April 15, 1861, and ending may 1, 1865. Colonel Shepherd can now march his 100,000 men into winter quarters, and sleep quietly at night.

 Mrs. John O. Mouton is making additions and improvements upon her  store, fronting Vermilion street. She has but recently had an iron roof put upon the building, and has and has otherwise added to the attractiveness of the place.

 We regret much to record that last week, Mr. W. E. Bowen, one of our S. P. yardmasters here, was called by telegram to attend the deathbed of his mother, who died at Mobile last Saturday, the (unreadable) inst. He has returned after performing the "last sad rites," and is again at his post of duty. Mr. Bowen, and the several members of his family here, have our sympathy in this their saddest bereavement.

 Judge Falk is still sinking his oil well, with increasing hopes of final success. It is now some thirty-odd feet deep. He seldom goes down into it now. He says he might suddenly strike vein and get blown sky-high, and he hasn't made the necessary arrangements up there; he is striking in the other direction. The oil is assuming a dark color, which may be owing to the fact that he has colored men digging the well.

   Remember that the play Sunday night at Falk's Hall is the "Count of Monte Cristo," by special request, and not the "Son of Monte Cristo," which is another play. Lafayette Advertiser 11/15/1890.



 One by one the Autumnal leaflets fall, and in similitude one by one poor mortal man must cumber the ground, and return to the dust from which he originally sprang. Yet, how sad - how heart wrenching is it to us to have our dear and cherished ones snatched and taken from us in the twinkling of any eye, not in the Autumn of their existence, but in the full bloom of life, when their hopes are high, their aspirations unlimited, and their fresh and youthful lives filled with the assurance that God, in his infinite wisdom, has fitted and allotted them for a useful voyage and purpose in life.

 Such, no doubt, was the aim, hope and assurance of our young brother, T. J. Boudreaux, a young brakeman of the Louisiana Western Railway, who met such an untimely fate on Nov. 1st at Orange, Texas. But hardly a full year has elapsed since one of his young and cherished comrades, John G. Younges, met with a similar fate near Lafayette, La., but such are the uncertainties of life, for "in the midst of life we are in death."

 The deceased leaves behind him to mourn his untimely end a devoted father, mother, sisters and brothers. To them the writer extends a truly heartfelt condolence in this their hour of bereavement. Your loss, my friends, has kindled grief not easily  be assuaged, time alone can mitigate your sorrow and grief, by placing your full trust in that All Wise Being who "tempers the wind to the shorn lamb," and comforts those who rely upon him in the hour of their affliction.  Lafayette Advertiser 11/15/1890.                                                                    

Council Proceeding
Lafayette, La., Nov. 3rd, 1890.

 The City Council of Lafayette met this day in regular session and there present were W. B. Bailey, Mayor, J. G. Parkerson, A. J. Moss, J. O. Mouton and F. Lobard. Absent - P. Gerac, Ed Pellerin and O. J. Sprole.
 The reading of minutes of October was dispensed with and same were approved.

 The following was adopted:

 Resolved, That the sum of forty-six dollars or so much thereof as may be necessary, be, and is hereby appropriated for the purpose of building a plank walk from the corner of Jefferson and Vermilion streets on the north side of Vermilion to the Post office building.

 Resolved further, that the Street Committee shall have control of said work and a warrant for above sum shall issue on their approval.

 There being no further business the Council then adjourned.
                         W. B. Bailey, Mayor,
         Chas. D. Cafferty, Secretary.

 Lafayette Advertiser 11/15/1890.



 From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 15th,  1879:


OUR RAILROAD.                 

 The brig C. A. Sparks has arrived at Calcasieu Pass with a miscellaneous cargo, embracing the Calcasieu iron bridge, 341 bbl.'s of cement for same, and 1082 steel rails and fastenings.

 The track is laid sixteen miles east of Lake Charles and  three miles west of Lake Charles.

 The pivot casing of the Sabine river bridge will probably be finished by the middle of next week. Col. T. Adams, general manager of the La. W. R. R. Co., is there, superintending the work on that bridge.

 Piling between the Sabine and West Lake Charles is nearly completed. The Pearl Rivers left Orange last Thursday for Lake Charles with tubing for the Calcasieu bridge, trucks for flat cars, and two car loads of oil.

 Labor is scarce, and cross-ties are badly needed. The employees of the road are in good health all along the line. - Lake Charles Echo.  
Printed in the Lafayette Advertiser 11/15/1879

Accident. - A serious accident occurred last week on Mr. Louis J. Arceneux' plantation, in this parish. His son Emilien, aged about 19 years, whilst working at the cotton gin had one of his arms caught in the saws of the gin and so badly injured as to cause amputation. Laf. Advertiser 11/15/1879.

 Sold Out. - Capt. John N. Pharr has sold out all of his interests in the Steamboat Mattie and the Bayou Vermilion trade, including the Pinhook warehouse, to Capt. A. E. Pharr. The Mattie will resume her regular trips next week, with Capt. Burt Pharr in command and our popular and accommodating young friend Jim Hankins in the office.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/15/1879.

 Astonishing Prices. - PHILLIPS, on Washington street, continues to dispose of his goods at prices that astonish the natives. Dry goods he has of every description, but doesn't keep them long. In fact, Phillips fills up his store every week or so, yet its never full. If you don't believe us and think this is not so ;  why, just go round and see for yourself.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/15/1879.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 15th, 1873:

NEW GOODS. -  Mr. Edmond Cain, merchant, (near the Catholic Church), has just received a large stock of dry goods, consisting of ready made clothing of the latest styles and cloths of all kinds. French blankets, calico, Alpaca and domestics ;  bats and caps ;  boots and shoes for ladies, gentlemen and boys ;  and many other articles too numerous to mention. He invites the public generally to give him a call and examine his stock.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/15/1873.

 Back From New Orleans. - That popular and accommodating merchant, Mr. Z. Doucet, whose stand is at the northern end of Washington street returned from New Orleans a few days ago with a complete assortment of dry-goods, hardware, crockeryware, etc., etc. His numerous friends and acquaintances, and the public in general are invited to call at his store and see his new stock of goods.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/15/1873.

 On Lafayette St. - Mr. R. Gagneaux, grocer on Lafayette street, is receiving a full supply of groceries. As he is an old and well known grocer, it is useless for us to say anything more to our readers than to tell them to go to Mr. G.'s establishment and see for themselves.  Lafayette Advertiser 11/15/1873.

An 800 Pound Baby.

Probably the smallest of largest of beasts is the juvenile member of the herd of performing Elephants with Gentry Bros. Famous Shows United. This fine Pachyderm has been in this country but a few months yet his education is nearly completed. His part of the programme puts to shame his older and bigger companions and on account of his size he is able to perform several acts which have never been attempted by Elephant Trainers before.

 The "little fellow" in question is but one of the many features presented since the consolidation of Gentry Bros. Famous Shows. They will exhibit here, on Thursday November 18th at 2:30 p. m. South East of Freight house.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/15/1902.


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