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From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 16, 1904:

Baton Rouge Road.

 The Picayune of Nov. 9 contains the following special from Baton Rouge, which will be of great interest to the people of Lafayette:

 Baton Rouge, La., Nov. 8. - It is practically certain that Baton Rouge is to have another railroad. This line will run from Lafayette, La., to this city, and will no doubt connect with the Illinois Central at some point in Tangipahoa Parish.

 John M. Lee, Jr., representing the Southern Pacific lines, has made extensive purchases, and while he will not disclose the plans, it is known that the foregoing is the object he has in view.

 It is known that deals have been consummated by which General Agent Lee has acquired titles to all the property lying between the lines of the Homestead and Anchorage Plantations, and that for several days a couple of engineers of the Southern Pacific have been running lines and levels in that quarter, with the view of establishing a camp and approach to what will soon be a transfer boat landing.

 The riparian rights of all the property has been secured by the Company and but few options remain to be secured to complete the entire purchase of the desired site for terminal and transfer facilities. The circumstances existing point to the certain building of a branch road by the Southern Pacific from Lafayette, La., to Baton Rouge via Port Allen, per the line long ago surveyed and laid out for that purpose. It is also easy to see that the Southern Pacific and the Illinois Central Companies, being so closely allied in interest, will run an extension from Baton Rouge to Hammond, over the line surveyed, and for which a special tax has already been voted, so that the systems may be connected without having to go around by way of New Orleans to transfer through business.

 The fact that nearly all the desired property in West Baton Rouge has been obtained shows the project to be a bona fide one and, proves plainly, to those who are acquainted with railroad matters, that the projected Lafayette line must and will be the ultimate result of this later development in railroad building.

 Mr. Lee was seen last night and stated that he is the General Agent for the Southern Pacific. He would not give any information as to the plans of his Company in the matter had been given publicity before its purposes could be accomplished.

 That the news is authentic cannot be questioned, as deeds of transfer for the property in West Baton Rouge have been passed in this city and will soon be recorded in the real estate transfers of the Parish of West Baton Rouge. That the Lafayette line is an absolute certainty is vouched for by eminent authorities.

 The site was chosen on account of the stability of the bank at that point, and it is probable that the east side of the transfer slip will be located near the present site of the Baton Rouge Sugar Company's Refinery and on the Dougherty place above this city.

 It is highly probably that subsequent arrangements may be made with the Frisco Road, in the event that that road crosses the river at this point, but so far, the steps taken apply only to the interests of the Southern Pacific, in securing a footing in this section, for the establishment of a line east and west from Baton Rouge. The coming of the Frisco will but add to the railroad facilities which the next few years must and certainly bring to the capital of Louisiana. From the N. O. Picayune and in the Lafayette Advertiser 11/16/1904.     


Foot Ball Saturday.

The game of foot ball Saturday between the Institute and Lake Charles High School teams was interesting and exciting. A number of specially fine plays were made on both sides and although the Institute boys won 47 to 0, nevertheless those present enjoyed the game from start to finish. Another game has been arranged for in Lake Charles to occurs soon, and it promises to be a fine one. Lafayette Advertiser 11/16/1904.

School Board.

 Mr. Judice Makes a generous Offer. - The Sellers School Moved and the Hutchinson School Discontinued.                                                            

Rural Schools to Open First Monday in January. Superintendent's Salary Increased.
Accounts Approved, Treasurer's Report.


 At an adjourned meeting held on above date Meesrs. Delhomme, Spell, Roy, Moss, Comeaux, Bernard, Verot and Judice were present.

 The Board on motion  of Mr. Roy expressed its appreciation of the efforts of Mr. Judice to obtain the historic Cabildo building at the World's Fair, St. Louis, for use as a public school building in the parish of Lafayette. At the same time the Board expressed their regrets at not being able to accept the generous offer made them by Mr. Judice to advance money up to five thousand dollars without interest.

 On motion of Mr. Spell the Board then voted to appropriate two thousand, five hundred dollars toward securing the Cabildo for use as a school house provided the building were turned over to the Board committee to appear before the Police Jury and ask for an appropriation to pay for the transportation of material.

 After having heard two committees from the Sellers school or the location of the proposed building and after having carefully considered the matter the Board decided to locate the new building on two acres of land to be donated by Jean Simon. It was further decided to remove the old Sellers school to the Simon school. On motion, duly seconded, the Building Committee was authorized to take necessary steps to build the school house at once. A committee of citizens, Messrs. Boniface Bonin, Alcin Comeaux and Laodis Broussard, agreed to remove the old building to a new site. The president of the Board was duly authorized to receive, and to sign the act of sale for the Board, two acres of land from Jean Simon.

 It was the sense of the Board that the school known as the old Duson or Hutchinson school be discontinued on account of the opening of the new school in the village of Duson not far away and on account of the proximity of the Alex Broussard, Bonin and Burke Schools to the neighborhood.

 An examination of the superintendent's record for the past three sessions showed that the attendance in the rural schools for January of each session was from 33 per cent to 50 per cent larger that the attendance for December of the same session. The board decided, on motion of Mr. Judice, to open the rural schools on first Monday in January instead of December as heretofore.

 Messrs. Judice, Delhomme and Alleman were appointed a committee to investigate the Bonin school site and report on the advisability of building a new school house on the present site.

 The Board voted a resolution of thanks to Dr. Stephens for his cordial invitation to the Board to visit the Industrial school at any and all times, and for his expression of a desire on the part of the Industrial School to co-operate with the Board to the end that adequate provision might be made for the meeting of the State Teachers' Association to be held here December 27 yo 30; and for an expressions of a desire on the part of the Industrial School to co-operate with the Board in the great work of education in the parish which is at present so promising.

 Messrs. Judice and Alleman were appointed a committee to see the School Boards of Vermilion and Acadia on the subject of line schools established jointly in these parishes and the parish of Lafayette.

 The salary of the Parish Superintendent not having been considered at the time of his re-election, upon motion of Mr. Verot. seconded by Mr. Judice and duly carried, the compensation was fixed at sixteen hundred dollars a year. The duties and the work connected with the office pf parish Superintendent and secretary of the Board have increased to such an extent within the past two years as to make it necessary for that office clerical assistance at frequent intervals for which the Board deemed it but right that a regular allowance should be made.

 Whereas the parish assessor has just filed with the School Board his poll tax list for the year 1904 amounting to 4506 names and for which the Board has paid the assessor 4 cents per name; and whereas the State law holds the sheriff accountable to the School Board for the collection of said taxes. Therefore, be it resolved by the Parish Board in meeting assembled, that the sheriff be and hereby is requested to use due care and diligence in the collection of said taxes.  
Resolved, that it is the sense of the Board that with diligence on the part of the Sheriff the school fund could be materially increased from this source.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/16/1904.

Bought and Moved. - The house formerly occupied by Dr. N. P. Moss next to the First National Bank was purchased by Mr. Felix Demanade, and has been moved on his property in the rear of his store building. When altered and repaired it will be occupied by Mr. A. A. Morgan, Jr. Lafayette Advertiser 11/16/1904.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 11/16/1904.

 Miss Ida Robichaux, of Arnaudville, is the guest of her sister, Mrs. O. P. Guilbeau.

 A good place to get your groceries - at Prudhomme & McFaddin's.

 Friday morning the home of Dr. Courtney in Carencro was burned. The loss was about $3,000. No insurance.

 See F. F. Carter for crayons and frames. Will make very close figures on frames made to order. A variety of mouldings to select from.

 Just received at the Planters' Mills a carload of Kansas Red Rust Proof Seed Oats, a carload of Alfalfa Hay and a carload of Timothy Hay, also, Wheat Bran and other Feed Stuff. Call Ramsay & Upton, phone 192.

 Ladies will find just what will suit them in our line of dress goods. - Schmulen.

 Gonzague Gladu is in Lafayette again after spending some time in Opelousas. 

 A large and complete stock of clothing at Levy Bros.

 Mrs. Henry Crouchet is spending a few days in Abbeville.

 Dress goods, latest styles and fabrics with trimmings to match, at Levy Bros. 

 Mr. and Mrs. F. O. Cornay were summoned to the bedside of their sister, Mrs. Guidroz, Monday night, in St. Martinville, who died a few minutes after their arrival.

 Our shoes are comfortable and the price will suit you. - Schmulen. 

 David Spell, of Indian Bayou, was in town yesterday and paid The Advertiser a visit.

 A new line of neckties at Levy Bros.

 Judge Edmond Voorhies, of the sixth ward, was a pleasant caller at The Advertiser office yesterday. 

 Our prices on clothing is a big inducement for you to trade with us. - Schmulen.

 Mrs. J. A. Martin, Miss Edith Dupre and Mrs. L. Brown have returned from Jennings, where they attended the meeting of the Woman's Federation of Clubs.

 A large variety of the nicest and best canned goods, at Prudhomme & McFaddin's. 

 The home of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Leblanc was gladdened Friday morning by the arrival of a fine boy.

 You can always get the best groceries at Morgan & Debaillon's. 

 Miss Kate Tobin, who attended the Institute last year, is visiting at the Dormitory.

 Morgan & Debaillon sell good groceries all the time.

 Miss Jessie Tharp, of New Orleans, is the guest of Mrs. J. I. Hulse.

 Handmade cisterns, guaranteed - J. C. Broussard. 

 Mr. Jno. Vigneaux is having a brick front built to his stable on the courthosue square.

 Victor Dugas, of Carencro, was a welcome caller at The Advertiser office yesterday.

 Don't forget to call and see the Guaranteed Dollar Razor at Ruger's Jewelry Store. 

 J. A. Deffez spent several days in Opelousas returning Friday. He combined business and pleasure in the trip.

 Don't forget to call and see the Guaranteed Dollar Razor at Ruger's Jewelry Store.

 Edward Bourne, Jr., of New Orleans, special agent of the North British and Mercantile Insurance Co., of North America, spent several days in Lafayette during the week. 

 International Poultry Food, 25 cents a package at the Moss Pharmacy.

 Misses Ruth and Julia Huff and brother, Mr. W. D. Huff, went to Crowley Wednesday to see the show.

 International Stock Food, 25 cents a package at the Moss Pharmacy. 

 Miss Leona Beadle, of Lake Arthur, is visiting her mother, Mrs. Wm. Beadle.

 Remember that you get your money refunded if White Pine Expectorant does not cure your cough or cold. Where can you get a better investment than this. Moss Pharmacy.

 Miss Lola Pharr went to Abbeville Thursday for a visit to relatives.

  Lafayette Advertiser 11/16/1904. 


From the Lafayette Gazette of November 16th, 1901:

Conflagration Averted !!!

Heroic Work by Lafayette Fire Department.

 Last Thursday morning when many of the towns people were asleep, eight nervy young men were in the second story of Nicholson's hardware store making as gallant a struggle against fire as was ever made by men. The flames raged fiercely all around them and the smoke was extremely suffocating. In case the worst happened there was only a little narrow stairway for them to escape with their lives. By the skillful use of an ax a hole was cut through the ceiling and three young men holding the nozzle made their way to the loft while five of their comrades remained just below to handle the hose. Mr. Nicholson, the proprietor of the place, believing that any further efforts to save the building would be futile and realizing the great danger of the undertaking, advised the boys not to try so dangerous an experiment. But the foreman of Fire Company No. 1, Paul Castel, said they knew what they were about and the building had to be saved. Almost every one had given up hope, but this plucky band of fire-fighters had not. How well they fought could be seen after the fire by the condition of the loft. Every bit of the ceiling and rafters was completely charred. It could easily be seen that the flames were rapidly eating their way out the roof and the weather boarding and a moment's hesitation on the part of the men would have meant the destruction of the large Nicholson building and an inevitable conflagration of the most disastrous character. How the men stood the intense heat and the smoke and the discomforts of an occasional bath from the hose is incomprehensible. It is safe to say that no firemen were ever in a hotter place and escaped without serious injury.

 But they stayed with it and won. Their names are: Paul Castel, Alley Sprole, F. E. Girard, John Graser, Will Graser, Arthur Leblanc, Edwin Chargois, Alphonse Peck.

 Of course it must not be inferred that the other firemen were idle. They to were making an heroic struggle. The fire had originated in the large barn recently built by Sidney Veazey. The house contained a hundred wagon loads of hay that proved an easy prey and lent fury to the flames which, fanned by the wind, threatened to spread to the adjacent buildings. Sparks flew fast and thick and it really looked like the whole town would be on fire. A corn crib, standing a few steps from the Veazey stable, was enveloped by the flames and in a little time was reduced to a charred mass of debris. It was from this fire that ugly results were feared. The stable, filled with hay, pea-vine and corn, was only a short distance away. Here is where Home Company worked hard and struck effective blows. Only through the hardest kind of work it was possible to save the stable. The men held to their posts with splendid courage and despite the hot blasts from the rear poured a steady stream on the building. They succeeded in keeping the fire off of this building and thereby averted a great disaster, because had the fire reached the stable it is not probable that it could have been controlled.

 After hours of incessant work the firemen were rewarded with a signal victory -- a victory which meant a great deal, for had the battle been lost it is appalling to contemplate the extent of the disaster.

 It is impossible to find out the origin of the fire. The alarm was sounded at 2 o'clock in the morning. The alarm-bell rang, the whistle at the power-house and the railroad company's switch engines blew, pistols and shot-guns were fired and every available means was employed to arouse the people from their sleep. It is safe to say that the fellow who did not wake up does not suffer from insomnia.

 Mr. Sidney Veazey is the heaviest loser. A fine pedigreed horse which he owned was burned. Fortunately the other horses were saved. The large barn which he had built recently was completely destroyed. Mr. Veazey's loss is estimated at about $3,000. He carried no insurance on his property. Three small cabins, belonging to Mrs. A. J. Veazey, were entirely burned.

 The damage caused to Mr. Nicholson's building and to his stock is estimated between $1,000 and $1,500 all of which is covered by insurance through the Parkerson agency.


 The origin of the fire is unknown.
 A spark fell on the roof the Presbyterian church, causing a small blaze which was promptly extinguished.
 All are now singing the praises of the waterworks.
 The place occupied by Mr. Sims, the pop man, had a very narrow escape.
 Several strangers who saw the fire said that Lafayette firemen can not be beaten anywhere.
 After the fire someone made the very pertinent suggestion that everybody in the town ought to join the fire department.
 It is a fact worthy of note that no one was hurt at the fire.
 It was quite a hard job to keep the horses from running back into the barn.
 The horse which was burned was a very valuable animal.
 No one slept in the barn where the fire started and the fact that the fire broke out a 2 o'clock in the morning can not be accounted for.
 Mr. Veazey had recently disposed of his livery stable business to go into the horse trade and his loss is very serious.

Lafayette Gazette 11/16/1901.

Fire Company No. 1.

 At the last meeting of Fire Company No. 1 the following resolutions were adopted:

 Resolved, that the hour of opening the meetings be changed from 8 to 7 p. m. until April 1.

 Resolved, that on each meeting night the bell of the company shall ring three taps between intervals to notify the members of the meeting. Lafayette Gazette 11/16/1901.

Sells and Gray's United Shows.

 What promises to be the best big show here in years, comes to Lafayette, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 1901. From the various exchanges at hand published where the show has exhibited it has proven a general surprise. It is so much bigger (as big as the biggest) and really better than many so-called great ones that the press generally has been in loud praise of its general excellence. It shows in all the largest cities and has made good in every instance, judging from the unstinted praise accorded it throughout the land. Our citizens should not overlook the fact also that the Sells and Gray's United Shows will be the only big railroad exhibit here this season.
Lafayette Gazette 11/16/1901.


 Mrs. Charles Zephirin Martin.

  Mrs. Charles Zephirin Martin died at her home last Saturday at the age of 95 years and 3 months. The venerable lady had lingered for some days between life and death and the end was not unexpected.

 Mrs. Martin's maiden name was Caroline Daigle. She was born in St. Landry on July 24, 1806. Her birth was almost coeval with the beginning of the last century and it is worthy of note that she died a few months after the twentieth century was ushered in. She was 6 years of age when Louisiana was admitted into the Union as a State and had reached the age of nine when Jackson fought the British at New Orleans. It is safe to say that Mrs. Martin was the oldest white resident in this parish and perhaps in this section of the State.

 In her death has passed away a splendid representative of the Old South. She saw this country when it was sparsely settled by Acadian farmers, then saw it in the heydey of its prosperity and power and witnessed its almost complete ruin and subsequent rehabilitation.

 Mrs. Martin had a bright mind and retained her faculties to the last. Up to a short time before her death she enjoyed an unimpaired vision and was able to read without glasses.

 Nine years ago she fell from a carriage and as a result of the accident was unable to walk. Some time before her death she was conscious of the approaching end and in her preparation to meet her Maker she sought the comforting help of the Catholic church of which she was a devout member. With that resignation born of an undoubting faith she calmly awaited the final summons. Her death was a fitting close of a life spent in doing good. She was the mother of twelve children of whom the following are living: Mr. A. M. Martin, Mr. Martial Martin, Mrs. D. A. Cochrane and Mrs. Edgar Martin. She had 152 living descendants, extending to the fourth generation.

 In the death of Mrs. Martin dutiful wife and mother has gone to her rest, and the community has lost a member who possessed the esteem and respect of every one.
Lafayette Gazette 11/16/1901.


 A recent bulletin issued by the census department, discloses the damning fact that Louisiana stands at the head of the black list of illiteracy !

 Louisianians who love their State had hoped that the census of 1900 would tell a different story. Somehow or other we too had allowed ourselves to indulge the optimistic hope that the State would make a supreme effort to move out of the discreditable position which it has too long occupied. But the census reports hold out no cause for rejoicing. It's the same old thing. We are holding on with a death-like grip to a most unenviable distinction, and, like the honest burghers of Communipaw, we seem "pleased to live in profound and enviable ignorance of all the troubles, anxieties and revolutions of this distracted planet."

 Page 28 of Bulletin 106 gives the percentage of literate and illiterate native and foreign males of voting age by States and territories. The following figures show the percentage of literates and illiterates among the white natives - native parents - of voting age in the States and territories named:

 From the foregoing figures a citizen of this State can get but very little satisfaction. Of all the States and territories only New Mexico, the home of the greasers, makes a poorer showing than Louisiana. And this despite the fact that Louisiana is, in natural resources, among the richest States in the Union.

 To say that the State suffered during and after the war does not explain away the terrible arraignment of the census figures. Have not the other Southern States borne their share of the burden imposed by the war and reconstruction?

 God knows it is bad enough as it is, but we fear that the percentage of illiteracy were given by the parishes the picture would still be more humiliating to this section of Louisiana, where the people are notoriously indifferent to the education of their children. This may be plain talk, but it is better to tell the truth. It may be unpalatable, but it is wholesome.

 The Gazette has been informed that in this parish several schools, which were opened a week ago, had to be closed on account of non-attendance. The requisite attendance is twelve, and even that small number of pupils could not be induced to attend and the teachers were compelled to close their schools until Dec. 2, when another effort will be made to keep them open. A natural interest in the welfare of the their children, and the sense of civic pride dwells in the breasts of all men and women who are loyal to their State, should impel the people of Louisiana and of this section particularly to shake off this lamentable indifference to education which has placed the old Pelican in a conspicuous and unenviable position among the sisterhood of States.
Lafayette Gazette 11/16/1901.   

 Spit on the Floor. - All you people come over to town to-day, Nov. 16, and make your selves at home with the Campbell Bros. Spit on the floor of the big show, shake hands with the proprietors. Bring your wife and babies and make yourselves generally at home. You will not regret the visit if you are lovers of fancy sights, songs and instrumental music, acrobats, horizontal bars, high trapeze performance and clown songs and savings. And they have also obtained a nice collection of wild animals for your pleasure. Remember the date and pay them a visit. They are just ordinary people same as everyone else, but have something out of the ordinary to show you.
Lafayette Gazette 11/16/1901.


 At the Institute a Great Success - A Busy Week for the Faculty and Students - The next Entertainment on November 22.

 The initial performance in the Institute lecture course for the winter was greeted in the auditorium last Monday night by one of the best audiences ever assembled in Lafayette. It was a large audience; it was a cultivated audience and its dress, its good humor, its refined appreciation of the evening's entertainment, and its entire sympathy with the occasion were altogether such as to assure a delightful evening for all present.

 The speaker, Mr. Edward P. Elliot, of Boston, proved himself an artist of great merit both in the work of his voice and facial expression and also in his interpretation of the characters impersonated of that popular book, David Harum, Zeke Sweeny, Dick Larrabee, the Deacon that was worsted in the horse trade, and the other leading characters were made to live before the audience just as one would have expected to see them in real life.

 On the morning following the entertainment, Mr. Elliot kindly consented to give several readings before the Institute - as a part of usual morning exercises. He rendered a number of strikingly beautiful selections of his choice - among them his inimitable story of how "Bill Adams" won the battle of Waterloo - he and the "Dook" of Wellington - "with a 'undred and fifty men', against Bony Party comin' over the 'ill with four million men - picked men, most of 'em!"

 Mr. Elliot has very much pleased his audience here and it is hoped that he will come again in some future season.

 The morning exercises for the week have been quite interesting. This is the faculty week for these exercises and was begun on Monday with a splendid address from Miss Edith Dupre, upon the poet, William Wordsworth. Mr. Roy entertained and instructed the school very much with a talk on astronomy - touching most particularly upon the planets. And the rest of the teachers are to follow in turn.

 The foot ball team has received a challenge from the team of the New Orleans Boys High School. The High School is known to have a very strong team, but our boys are game and if it is at all possible to get into training in time to develop a good team, they are unanimously disposed to accept the challenge.

 The next attraction of the lecture course is to be the  Goodwal Concert Co., which will give its excellent entertainment in the auditorium on Friday evening, the 22nd instant, at eight o'clock. The company is very widely known as a most successful and entertaining organization.

 It consists of a fine character impersonator - in Mr. Dickerman himself - a reader with a splendid soprano voice, and a most talented and accomplished violinist. The same rates for grown people, children, and students will prevail as in the case of Mr. Elliott's lecture - and a flattering attendance is again expected.

 The success competitors for prizes in the sale of tickets for the last lecture were Mr. Harold Demanade, Miss Challie Tolson and Miss Ula Coronna. And they have been presented with very pleasing rewards for their work.

 The range and utensils for the cooking school have arrived, and everything is now ready for the starting off of classes in cooking.

 Special classes in sewing, cooking, drawing, and gymnastics - any one or all of these - should organize at once. Lafayette Advertiser 11/16/1904.

At the Lafayette Primary School Every Friday Afternoon - Parents Should Attend.

 The teachers at the Lafayette Primary School have decided to hold exercises every Friday evening. On Friday, the 8th instant, the exercises were held by the third grade. Each of the other grades will have its day in the course of time, and all the pupils will be equally benefited. The exercises consist of songs, recitations, dialogues, etc., and the written work of the pupils is placed on exhibition.

 A number of the patrons of the school responded to the invitation extended by the teachers and were present at the exercises held on the 8th instant. The teachers are very anxious to have the parents of pupils attend these exercises, the object being to bring them in closer touch with the work of the school.

 Teachers should be made to feel that their work in behalf of the children is appreciated by the parents who should always be ready to co-operate in a movement inaugurated for the betterment of the school. Lafayette Advertiser 11/16/1904.

Done by a Teacher - Made a House to House Campaign of Education.

 That a teacher's usefulness is not confined to the class-room has been demonstrated by Mr. C. J. Jordon, teacher of the Domingue school in the sixth ward. One month before the convention of his duties as teacher Mr. Jordon saw that several repairs were needed and he went about the community and explained to the patrons that if they gave him their incidental fee in advance he would be enabled to make the necessary repairs and have the school ready for an uninterrupted session of work. The patrons appreciated his efforts in their behalf and twenty-five families cheerfully paid the incidental fee, thus enabling Mr. Jordon to make the necessary repairs. But this was not all. In going from house to house he was incidentally engaged in an educational campaign. Every family visited saw the earnestness and enthusiasm of the man and they themselves became enthusiastic over the school and were anxious to send their children to a teacher who put himself to so much trouble for their welfare. What was the result? While many schools in the parish have been closed for lack of attendance the Domingue school is full to overflowing. There were fifty-four pupils the first week, and sixty all the beginning of the second. The attendance is the best of any in the parish, the Lafayette schools alone excepted.

 The schoolhouse is much too small for the pupils in attendance there being seating capacity for about half the number.

 But, "where there's a will, there's a way." The children are divided into two divisions and when division No. 1 is reciting division No. 2 is at play and vice versa. The pupils are bright and eager to learn.

 An assistant is needed but there is no room for her accommodation. Mr. Jordon is again visiting from house to house soliciting subscriptions for the erection of a large commodious addition to the school house and we have every reason to believe that he will succeed. We hope in the near future to see that community equipped with a comfortable schoolhouse and supplied with a corps of teachers sufficiently large to handle the pupils in attendance.

 A teacher of this type is always in demand and The Gazette believes there is plenty of work for fifty more such men as Mr. Jordon. Lafayette Gazette 11/16/1901.

 Police Jury Proceedings.

 Lafayette, La., Nov. 7, 1901. - The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: M. Billeaud, Jr., F. G. Mouton, J. C. Buchanan, Saul Broussard, Alex M. Broussard, J. A. Labbe, J. O. Blanchet, Jno. Whittington and Alonzo Lacy.

 The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

 Mr. Whittington on behalf of the committee appointed to confer with the Vermilion authorities as to the location and rebuilding of the Olidon Broussard bridge, repotted conference held but no agreement as to location. The Vermilion committee had insisted upon the old site, same having been surveyed and approved by the United States engineer. To this proposition Messrs. Whittington, Cade and Blanchet acceded provided Vermilion parish obligated herself to pay half the expense of constructing and maintaining the 800 foot causeway on the Lafayette side or in the alternative the bridge to be built above, near Harvey's canal, Lafayette parish paying half the expense of constructing and maintaining the 600 foot causeway on Vermilion side of Bayou. The Vermilion committee refusing to agree to either proposition negotiations were declared off and the committee asked for further instructions. Mr. Mouton offered the following in reference to the above report, which was adopted.

 Resolved that the action of Messrs. Whittington, Case and Blanchet be and is hereby approved and the report submitted endorsed.

  2.  Resolved further, That the following propositions be submitted to the Vermilion authorities for acceptance or rejection: Lafayette will bear half of the expense of construction and maintenance of said bridge and causeway provided the bridge is located at a point designated by its committee or in the alternative accept same proposition from Vermilion parish as to rebuilding an old site.

 A communication from the Police Jury of Vermilion serving notice of its abandonment of the ferry at D. O. Broussard's after Dec. 31, should the Police Jury of Lafayette fail to take immediate action relative to rebuilding the bridge, was read and the secretary was ordered to transmit the Vermilion Jury a copy of the resolutions this day adopted pertaining to said question. Messrs. Cade, Whittington and Blanchet were continued a committee to confer further with the committee from Vermilion.

 By motion of Mr. Buchanan the constables of the various wards were instructed to carry out the ordinance of the Jury relative to peddlers conducting business without license and the collector was notified that Mr. A. Peck has been reported as peddling without a license.

 The account of A. M. Martin $50 got license list was approved with understanding that the Jury should not be bound for any future demands, on said claim. Mr. Buchanan voted nay.

 The treasurer submitted the following reports:

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


 Respectfully submitted,
           J. E. MARTIN, Treasurer.
Lafayette, La., Nov. 7, 1901.

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


 Respectfully submitted,
                 J. E. MARTIN, Treasurer.
 Lafayette, La., Nov. 7, 1901.

 The following account was laid over.
 M. L. Sword's sheriff's fees, $10.00.

 The following accounts were approved:


 There being no further business the Police Jury adjourned.

 M. BILLEAUD, JR., President.
 R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 11/16/1901.

 Selected News Notes (Gazette) 11/16/1901.

 Dr. G. A. Martin, chief of the fire department of Lafayette, requests The Gazette to state that there will be a meeting of the three companies at Falk's hall at 8 o'clock next Monday night. The object of the meeting is to elect an assistant chief to succeed the late Mr. Falk.

CATHOLIC KNIGHTS OF AMERICA, BRANCH NO. 792 meets 1st and 3d Sundays after high mass, at Home Fire Co. hall. Address Robt. H. Broussard, Secretary, Broussard, La.

 UNITED CONFEDERATE VETERANS meets 1st Saturday of each month, at court-house, 10 a. m.

 Julius Davis, a bright young fellow about 12 years of age, left his home at Lake Charles 13 months ago and up to last Tuesday had succeeded in keeping his parents in ignorance of his whereabouts. Deputy Sheriff Trahan located the little wanderer at Carencro and put him aboard the Wednesday afternoon train for Lake Charles where a fond mother awaited his arrival.

 The Lafayette Brass Band will give a ball on Wednesday, Nov. 27, in Falk's hall. On account of using fuel oil, we will well our limited stock of coal at forty cents per bbl. at our place. Cash only. Lafayette Compress and Storage Co.

 I take any case of morphine, opium, cocaine, chloral, whisky, or tobacco habit, cure it in from 24 hours to five days. Guarantee a cure. No ill after effects. Booklet free. Price $60. A. N. PIERCE, M. D., Lake Charles, La.
Lafayette Gazette 11/16/1901.





 From the Lafayette Gazette of November 16th, 1895:


 As may be seen in another column the Democratic Executive Committee of this judicial district met at Abbeville last Saturday and decided at the court-house in this town the 21st of December to nominate candidates for judge and district attorney.

 On the same day the parish committee of Vermilion held a meeting and pursuant to the action of the district committee ordered that mass meetings be held in the different wards of that parish to elect delegates to State, Senatorial and to the Judicial convention which meets here on the 21st of next month. Hon. J. O. Broussard, president pro-tem of the Executive Committee of this parish, has issued a call for a meeting of that body on the 21st of November to take steps toward the selection of delegates from this parish.

 The committee in the parish of Vermilion is composed of twenty-one members and out of that number there were seventeen present at last Saturday's meeting, showing that the Democrats of our sister parish are fully alive to the necessity of making party nominations. We are far more fortunate than many other districts, as the fractional differences in both this and Vermilion parish have been healed and the party is united and in a position to present a solid front to the enemy in the approaching campaign. Already in different parts of the State the Republicans are organizing and seem to be in a frame of mind to give us some trouble. Encouraged by their recent abnormal victories in other States they boldly assert their intention of carrying Louisiana.

 The Democracy of Old Lafayette has never felt better that at present. It was never known to flicker, and if we are not mistaken its glorious banner of Democracy and white supremacy will continue to wave over a victorious army, banded together by ties of common interests.

 During the last congressional campaign news was sent abroad that Lafayette parish, which had always successfully stormed the assaults of Republicanism, would stray from her well-beaten path of Democracy and white-supremacy to join some of the sugar parishes, but the history of that campaign is yet fresh in the minds of the readers. All factional spirit was obliterated and the leaders of both factions met on the hustings and appealed to impassioned tones to the voters to stand by the party and its regular nominee. The result was a magnificent victory for the Democrats and an inglorious and humiliating defeat for the Republicans, giving a most brilliant illustration of the efficacy of party unity and a solid organization.  Lafayette Gazette 11/16/1895.

 Death of Ernest Constantin.

 Some nine months ago the writer was invited to the home of Mr. Ernest Constantin. A number of friends and relatives had gathered there to celebrate in a quiet, un-ostentatious way the 49th anniversary of Mr. Constantin and to wish him many more years on earth. Little did we thing then that he had reached the last mile-post of his earthly voyage and that we would be called upon to chronicle his death before another twelve-month had rolled by.

 Though apparently enjoying good health and giving every indication of a yet robust constitution, he was only a short distance from that awful moment when man must give up this life to go that undiscovered country. Mr. Constantin was sick several weeks before the end came, and during his sickness he expressed the opinion that his life would soon be brought to a close. He seemed to know that death was near, but he feared it not; he saw its approach and met it bravely and courageously. He died surrounded by a loving wife and devoted relatives, who had nursed him during his illness.

 Ernest Constantin was born in this parish 49 years and 9 months ago, and his life was spent here with the exception of the time he served in the Confederate army, having been a member of Company K., 18th, Louisiana Regiment. He was a good soldier and performed his duties during the war with commendable devotion. After the war he lived some years on his farm in this parish and subsequently moved to this town, where he remained in business up to the time of his death. He was a worthy member of Lodge 3294 Knights of Honor. He was one of the first to join that society in Lafayette and he stood high in the esteem of his brothers who attended his funeral in a body and performed the last sad rites of the order over his grave. He was a member of General Frank Gardner Camp of Confederate Veterans. This association followed the remains to their last resting place. His death will be sincerely regretted by many who enjoyed friendly relations with him. He was a good soldier, an honest man, and a useful citizen.

 His funeral Tuesday evening was very largely attended.

 Lafayette Gazette 11/16/1895.

The Committee at Work.

 The joint committee of the B. M. A. and City Council has not been inactive but quite the contrary. It has been at work quietly but effectually taking pointers and getting all the information obtainable on the subject of waterworks and electric lights. Bids for the survey of the corporation will be received until the 20th of this month. Lafayette Gazette 11/16/1895.

Rice Tips.

 Attention is called to the note added to the advertisement of the Columbia Rice Mill in this issue, stating "good quality (Japan Rough) nets considerably more than equal grade in Carolina and Honduras." This is certainly encouraging to those of our farmers who have this year raised more or less of the above mentioned kind, and it is well worth remembering when planting time shall come around next year. Another thing, however, ought equally to be borne in mind, and that is, the necessity of keeping every different kind, whether Japan, Carolina or Honduras, distinct and separate - one from the other. Hybrids as the rule are degenerates and it certainly holds true in rice. Lafayette Gazette 11/16/1895.  

"Johnny Reb."

Judge Farrar, of Richmond, Va., delivered his lecture at the court-house in this town last Wednesday night. The audience that greeted the eloquent speaker was rather small, but it was very appreciative. It is to be regretted that more of our people did not hear Judge Farrar's lecture for it was entertaining, instructive and intensely patriotic. Lafayette Gazette 11/16/1895.

 Dead Sure This Time. - We are authentically informed that Mr. J. W. Brown, Jr., of Camden, Ark., will build an ice-factory in Lafayette within the next ninety days. A letter from that gentleman to a committee of the Business Men's Association brings the good news that B. M. McGill, manager of the proposed factory, would soon be here to make the necessary arrangements to begin work at once. The Gazette congratulates the gentlemen who efforts have brought about such happy results, as success was not achieved in this matter without a considerable amount of hustling. Score "one horse" on Mossback. The next "horse" will be the water-works. Lafayette Gazette 11/16/1895. 

 The Stock Law. - In accordance with the mayor's proclamation an election was held to obtain the sense of the voters on the stock law question. One hundred and thirteen votes were polled for repeal, and as this number does not make a majority of the voters of the town, we understand that the law will stand as it is now.
Lafayette Gazette 11/16/1895.

 Let There Be Light. (And Water.) - Waterworks and electric lights are the two things uppermost in the people's mind. All agree that we must and will have them and the only question now is how much longer are we to wait.
Lafayette Gazette 11/16/1895.

Miss Boas' Private School.

 It is with pleasure that we note the growth of Miss Maud Boas' private school. It has already an enrollment of over forty pupils and the attendance is constantly increasing. The following is the roll of honor for the last month:

  First Grade - Ashton Beraud, Hermann Plonsky, Paul Debaillon.
  Second Grade - Genevieve Mouton.
  Third Grade - Moore Biossat, Willie Mills, Bertha Hebert.
  Fourth Grade - Eveline Jaufroid.
  Fifth Grade - Luciz Vigneaux.
  Sixth Grade - Emily Bailey.
Lafayette Gazette 11/16/1895.


 Contemplating a trip West or East, the Southern Pacific Co.'s advantages are worthy of consideration. We can save you time and you can save money by asking any of her representatives for the information you desire relative to Ticket Rates, Routes, Time, etc. We especially call your attention to the train service, which comprises the latest modern improvements in equipment. Her road-bed is the best in the South, and her facilities for Speed, Safety and Comfort assure you of a pleasant journey and a safe arrival at your destination. Her trains run through all the largest cities in Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. At New Orleans her trains connect with all Railroad and Steamship Lines for the North and Northeast Through Pullman Sleepers of the latest design and Pullman Tourist Sleepers between New Orleans, Los Angelos and San Francisco. Her courteous employes will aid the traveler and solicit your patronage. Apply to nearest Southern Pacific Agent or write to S. F. B. Morse. G. P. & T. A., New Orleans, La.
Lafayette Gazette 11/16/1895.

New Housing For Billaud.

 Constable Malagari brought a young man named George Bienvenu to town Wednesday and delivered him over to Hebert Billaud to be entered on the list of regular boarders at the Parish Hotel. Bienvenu is charged with the serious crime of burglary and should his guilt be established the future is dark indeed for him. The affidavit which was made before Judge Sidney Greig alleges that Bienvenu entered the house of Alcee Landry some days ago and carried away a gold watch and chain valued at $20, $15 in green backs, $3 in silver, 15 cents in nickles, two razors, one tin bank and lot of papers. If these allegations be true Bienvenu meant business and was bent on making a big haul. Lafayette Gazette 11/16/1895.

 Dr. Martin to Crowley.

 Dr. Rene Martin was in Lafayette this week on a visit to his brother, Dr. G. A. Martin. He had just returned from Crowley where he intends locating in the near future. Dr. Martin graduated from the Hiwassee College in Tennessee in 1878 and subsequently attended lectures at the Tulane University. He has practiced medicine in Breaux Bridge for the last ten years with much success having made a large and lucrative clientele which he has reluctantly decided to abandon to open an office in Crowley which place offers a wider field for the practice of his profession. The doctor is a very enterprising and popular gentleman and skillful physician and we have no doubt that he will be as successful in the near future as he has been in the past. Lafayette Gazette 11/16/1895.

 Selected News Notes (Gazette) 11/16/1895.

 Waterworks and electric lights are the two things uppermost in the people's mind. All agree that we must and will have them and the only question is how much longer are we to wait. 

Remember that all kinds of commercial printing will be promptly and neatly done at this office.

 The Otto Krouse Company has a first-class band.

 The popular actress, Emma Warren, will appear at Falk's hall on the 16th of December.

 Don't fail to see Maud Atkinson at Falk's Opera House on the 29th instant. D. A. Johness, who is representing McKlosky Bros., was in Lafayette this week and was the guest of his old friends, Paul and Felix Demanade. Mr. Chenson and the Messrs. Demanade had not met since some thirty years ago.

 Dr. Irion's Dental Parlors, over post office, are always open from 8:30 a. m. to 1:30 p. m. Lafayette Gazette 11/16/1895.


 From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 16th, 1889:

Death of J. J. Caffery.

At the residence of his son, Charles D. Caffery, Esq., in the town of Lafayette on Saturday, November 9th. 1889, at 3 o'clock a. m., J. J. CAFFERY, aged 60 years, 9 months and 24 days.

 Deceased was born in St. Mary parish. He came to Lafayette parish about 1853, and married (Anna?) B., daughter of the late B. C. Crow. He returned to St. Mary and engaged in sugar planting, remaining there but two or three years, when he came back and settled in this parish. He engaged in planting until 1881, when he went into the employ of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company. He was the son of Jefferson Caffery and Alice Demaret. He leaves a widow and eight children, five boys and three girls.

Deceased passed quietly and peacefully away, without pain; in fact, he was without pain during the whole of his illness of about seven weeks. He was contained to his room only about three days. He was a life member Hope Lodge No. 145, F. & A. M., and was interred in the Protestant Cemetery, at Lafayette, by the Lodge last Sunday.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/16/1889

Pythias Ball Largely Attended.

 The ball given by Lafayette Lodge No. 37, Knights of Pythias, last Saturday night, at Falk's hall, was largely attended, and was graced by an unusually large number of lady guests. The entertainment was handsomely conducted, affording the fullest pleasure and enjoyment for all, and reflecting much credit upon the good taste and splendid management of the Knights. The ball was highly appreciated. Thursday night, at a meeting of the Lodge, a vote of thanks was unanimously passed to Mrs. Jno. O. Mouton for a present of a magnificent cake, and also to A. V. Jeffers, Mrs. George Parrish and Mrs. William Cayard, for their generous aid and efficient services which contributed so much towards the success of the ball. Financially, the Knights came out safely, and netted a small surplus. Lafayette Advertiser 11/16/1889.

Tax Collections.

 We are sorry to note that the parish tax collector has been able to collect but little of the taxes due, and the collector of the corporation of Lafayette is meeting with still less success. This is not as it should be. Every citizen should feel a pride in sustaining his government, and should assist its officers all in his power. Walk up to captain's office and settle," promptly, like a good citizen. Lafayette Advertiser 11/16/1889.

Police Jury Proceedings.

 Lafayette, La., Nov.  4th, 1889. - The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: Messrs. C. P. Alpha, J. G. St. Julien, C. C. Brown, A. A. Delhomme and O. Theriot. Absent: Ford Huffpauir.

 The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

 Under suspension of rules Messrs. Clemile Trahan and Aime Landry were heard respecting the communication submitted by Mr. R. Francez, at the last meeting. The gentlemen adduced a letter from Mr. Francez admitting the inaccuracy of his survey and informed the body that having donated forty feet to the parish for a public road they would establish their lines, leaving the proper width therefor.

 A petition from the first and second wards asking that a road be traced from Scott to the western limits of the parish, was laid over.

 On motion of Mr. St. Julien duly made, the minutes of the Police Jury on page 27 under date of Sept. 2d, creating a new ward of territory forming portions of the 4th and 5th wards respectively, was amended by the insertion of the word "unanimously," so as to read: "On motion of Mr. Brown, the following was unanimously adopted in reference to the above petition."

 The question of enforcing the provision of the road law in reference to road duty of citizens living in incorporated towns under the jurisdiction of the parish, was discussed and the President requested to ascertain the law pertaining thereto.

 On motion of Mr. Brown, the following was unanimously adopted: Be it Resolved, that the Treasurer of this parish is hereby ordered not to pay any account unless approved by this body.

 By motion of Mr. Theriot, the following committee was appointed to make certain alterations in the public road leading from Royville to the western limits of the parish: Martial Trahan, T. L. Hebert, Jno. Simon, Theodule Baudoin, Eugene Baudoin, Antoine Boudreaux and Overton Cade.

 The following communication was read from the Berwick Lumber Company:

 BERWICK, La., Oct. 26, 1889.
 Hon. C. P. Alpha, Pres. Police Jury:

 We agree to sell Lafayette parish as per order of Police Jurors, bridge timber sawed to order of various lengths not exceeding 40 ft. at $14 per M on car at Berwick, or $17.00 per M. F. O. B. at Lafayette.    BERWICK LUMBER CO.

 The Treasurer submitted his report as follows:

      Lafayette, La., Nov. 4th, 1889.
 To the President and Members of the Police Jury, Parish of Lafayette:

 The following is a statement of receipts and disbursements or parish funds since last report:


 Respectfully submitted,
                WM. CLEGG,
               Parish Treasurer.

   The following accounts were rejected:
A. M. Martin, taking depositions ... $25.00.
I. A. Broussard, conveying prisoners to New Orleans ... $209.90.

   The following accounts were laid over:

 P. D. Beraud, M. D., expert testimony ... $10.00.
 Leon Plonsky, candles, oil, etc, ... $31.40.

 The following accounts were approved:


 There being no further business the Police Jury adjourned.
   C. P. ALPHA, President.
   R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/16/1889.

Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 11/16/1889.

 Cold weather and frosts have prevailed here during the week, with a fine rain Tuesday. The recent rains have been rapidly absorbed by the dry earth, and very little water is seen in the ponds and coulees.

 Our streets are now in fine condition, and the freedom from dust renders driving both delightful and healthful. The ladies can now enjoy a shopping promenade. Business in town during the week was good.


It is time to commence fattening that thanksgiving turkey. We have a heap to be thankful for this fall.

 Our parish roads are getting a little cut up and rough, owing to recent rains and the constant hauling done over them.

 Remember the ball to-night at Guilbeau's Hall, Carencro. There will be feast, fun and frolic for all.

 Notwithstanding the season is nearing its close, cotton continues to come in briskly and our cotton buyers and gins are still kept busy.

 Professor Hymen has been quite busy among our young people of late, and several marriages at St. John's Church during the week were the result of his labors.

 Several of our local sportsmen opened war on the festive partridge, and other small game, this week. We are told that the birds are in prime condition.

 Our prairies and pastures have again "put on a suit of living green," and in consequence stock is improving in condition.

 Mr. C. H. Bradley has rented Dr. N. P. Moss' cottage, on Vermilion street, fronting Mrs. M. P. Young's residence, and has removed his family from Carencro to this place, which they will make their home for the future. We extend them a cordial welcome to our community, and trust they will enjoy health and happiness in our midst.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/16/1889.

West Point Bullies Well Tamed.
[From the Philadelphia Times.]

 A  few years ago hazing was tolerated, and later an army board found little to condemn the practice in vogue. It too a Congressional committee to develop the real facts and to apply the proper language, and even then several offending cadets had to be expelled before the purpose of the authorities was fully appreciated. Now the superintendent is able to report that there is neither hazing nor fisticuffs, and along with it is his statement that the young men were never in better condition, and that the institution is distinctly improved. The taming of the few bullies has elevated the whole school, and this is the result in every college in which hazing is abolished.

 From the Philadelphia Times and in the Lafayette Gazette 11/16/1901.  


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