From the Lafayette Gazette of November 21st, 1903:
JASTREMSKI AND JONAS.
Barbecue and Political Rally at the Court-house last Saturday.
The barbecue and meeting called by the friends of Gen. Jastremski and Mr. Jonas in the parish was held last Saturday at the court-house square.
About 300 persons were in attendance was larger in the morning, the crowd listening to the general in the afternoon being actually not over 30 in number.
Mr. D. A. Cochrane addressed the members of the local camp of Confederate veterans, inviting them to proceed to the Cottage Hotel and escort Gen. Jastremski to the place of meeting. The Carencro Jastremki club, numbering about 30, joined the veterans and all marched in procession from the hotel to the court-house.
Dr. Fred J. Mayer of Scott, called the meeting to order and the venerable Gustave Judice was chosen chairman. Dr. J. P. Francez and Mr. R. C. Greig were made secretaries.
Speeches were delivered in the morning by Judge W. F. Blackman, Gen. Jastremski, and Mr. Jonas.
In the afternoon after the barbecue a small crowd listened to addresses by Mr. J. Gilbert St. Julien, Dr. F. J. Mayer, and Gen. Jastremski delivered an address at the Institute auditorium.
Lafayette Gazette 11/21/1903.
An Alarm of Fire. - About 8 o'clock Tuesday night the alarm was sounded for a fire in the Sunset Hotel roof. The department promptly responded, but its services were not needed as the fire had been extinguished before any damage was done.
Lafayette Gazette 11/21/1903.
Fire at Scott.
Sparks from a passing engine set a lot of cotton afire at Scott Thursday night at about eleven o'clock, and thirty-five bales were burned. A great deal of it belonged to A. Judice & Son. Though efforts were made to extinguish the fire, very little could be done on account of the lack of water supply. Lafayette Gazette 11/21/1903.
Beeves for the Market.
Israel Prejean, of the firm of Prejean & Co., butchers, has bought 137 fattened beeves which he has placed on a rice farm near Estherwood for pasture. The beeves were purchased in this parish and will be butchered for the local market, and sold by the firm. Lafayette Gazette 11/21/1903.
The Gentry Show, now in its 10th year of continued prosperity, and which in the meantime furnished amusement to millions of both young and elder patrons that have chanced to witness its exhibitions, is billed to appear here on a near future date. Gentry Bros. have enlarged their show to such an extent that it requires a train of specially constructed cars to transport its paraphernalia from place to place. They have spared no expense in order to put their show in lead of all similar exhibitions of this kind and character and their trainers. Messrs. DeAlma & Lindsay, have the animals trained to such perfection that monkeys, dogs, ponies, and even elephants, impersonate many human characters of the day.
The animal actors of the Gentry Bros. show can and do accomplish many daring feats that even athletes, acrobats and equestrians have tried but failed. Monkaal al vo actually loops the loop in his automobile with as much grace and nerve combined as a human being. There are many other features to be seen which are enacted by the little animals alone. As the total number of animal actors carried with this show are something like 300 or more, the public can readily see that they will be well entertained and should not overlook the opportunity of allowing their little people to witness a performance of the Gentry Show.
The magnificent miniature street parade with fifty or more beautifully carved tableau wagons, drawn by nicely groomed Shetland ponies, will traverse the principal streets at 10 o'clock on the day of exhibition here, which is Friday, Nov. 27. Lafayette Gazette 11/21/1903.
School Board Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., Nov. 19, 1903.
At a special meeting of the School Board held on the above date the following members were present: A. Olivier, President, Councilmen, Alex Delhomme, Sr., Dr. N. P. Moss, Dr. Roy O. Young, S. J. Montgomery and A. D. Verot. Absent: Jasper Spell, H. Theall and A. C. Guilbeau.
On motion, duly seconded, the reading of the minutes was dispensed with.
Mr. B. N. Coronna, who was present, asked to be permitted to make several complaints before the board. His first complaint was that on several occasions he had taken his daughter to the high school and found the doors closed. In answer to questions, he said that he usually arrived between 8:10 and 8:20 a. m. As teachers are not required to be at the schoolhouse before 8:30, and because the children had been instructed not to arrive before 8:30 and not later than 9 a. m., the complaint was not entertained by the Board.
His second complaint was in behalf of a sick child, not his own, that had been compelled to leave the class room and go out into the yard. Mr. Avery said that the teachers gave the sick every consideration and if this child was made to leave the room during recess with the others, it was because she had not told the teacher that she was sick.
The third complaint made by Mr. Coronna was against the rule which requires all children to leave the room during recess and eat their lunch out of doors.
Mr. Avery explained that all children were required to leave all the rooms during recess because the health of the children required it.
Dr. Young stated that this rule was based on well known hygiene principles, that the rule was the only means of providing necessary fresh air for the pupils and was be highly recommended. It is much better to eat in pure, undefiled air out of doors than in the polluted air of a crowded class room.
In the fourth place, Mr. Coronna objected to the use of books not on the adopted list, arguing that, however good or necessary a book may be, no discretion is given the Board or Superintendent in the use of books not on the list. Mr. Coronna objected in particular against the use of the history "Building of the Nation" on the ground that it reflected on the Southern people. It was shown on careful reading that the passage in question does not reflect on the Southern people, but that it is a statement or conditions among a class of criminals driven to this country in the early seventeens from the jails of England and who happened to settle in Virginia. It was further developed in the discussion that this book is regularly used at the State Normal School and consequently has the endorsement of Pres. B. C. Caldwell, a leading Southern educator, whose love for his native Southland cannot be questioned. The merit and usefulness of this book was ably defended by Mr. Avery and at the close of the discussion it was the prevailing opinion of the Board that there could be no reasonable objection to the matter contained in the book.
Messrs. Avery and Alleman made statement defending the use of the books objected to on the grounds that they were absolutely necessary for intelligent work, and that their absence would seriously cripple the schools. These statements appear as part of the proceedings.
Dr. Young stated that in the opinion it was not a violation of the intention of the law to enlarge, enrich and improve the course of study when in the judgment of the proper authorities such an improvement was made in the interest of the children as was clearly the case in this instance. Provided the adopted books were not set aside, Dr. Young thought the board and superintendent have discretion.
Capt. J. C. Buchanan's complaint was a reiteration of his objection to the use of books not on the adopted list. One assertion made by Capt. Buchanan in the course of his remarks was shown to be wholly incorrect, and was based on the report of a child. This incident caused Dr. Moss to emphasize the evil effects of attaching to much credence to statements made by children with reference to their teachers and schools. He said, further, that his connection with school work had convinced him that most of the friction and misunderstanding between parents and teachers was due to the misrepresentations of children who desire to justify themselves without really intending to injure the teacher.
Dr. Young stated that the Board had done its duty; the superintendent had been conscientious in the discharge of his duty; the Board had improved the schools materially; the use of the books objected to was in the interest of the children. He said that Capt. Buchanan should not retard the advancement of schools by voting against school appropriations in the police jury. The Board needed his assistance, needed more funds, and that the Captain should not oppose the progress of the schools by opposing improvements. And commenting upon the supervision and management of schools, Dr. Moss avowed that although his duties as a school director gave him some knowledge of the subject, he would not pretend to place his opinions in such matters against the opinion of those whose education and training fitted them for this particular kind of work. He believed that school people knew a whole lot more about running schools than persons entirely unacquainted with such matters and for his part he was willing to leave the management of the schools to the teachers and educators, and employ his own time in directions in which he has gained some degree of proficiency, for he thought that in this way he might contribute more to the sum total of the world's work.
Dr. Moss thought that the best answer that could be made to captions and misguided critics was the flourishing conditions of the schools and the unbounded public confidence enjoyed by the Board, as was plainly indicated by the special school tax recently voted by the parish upon the recommendation of the Board, and which confidence was given additional and deeper significance by the recent action of the Police Jury in making a larger appropriation for the support of public schools than ever before. He realized however that the charges made by Capt. Buchanan against the School Board and its executive officer [See Proceedings, Police Jury, Nov. 5] were of a serious nature and demanded some official notice at the hands of the Board.
After due deliberation it was the consensus of opinion that undue importance and prominence has been attached to the text book question; that the use of books not on the adopted list would undoubtedly contribute to the greater advancement of the children. The Board considered that the minor complaints were without foundation in fact. Whereupon Dr. Moss offered the following resolutions as expressing the sense of the Board:
Whereas, it is an undeniable fact that the public school system in the parish of Lafayette has attained a higher standard of efficiency and usefulness under the administration of the existing School Board than was ever known before in the history of the parish, and
Whereas, this gratifying improvement is to be attributed mainly to the wise policy of the Board in entrusting the management of the public schools to an experienced and progressive educator, Supt. L. J. Alleman, whose earnest and persevering efforts for the advancement of the schools have been ably seconded by this Board and an appreciative public, and
Whereas, the regularly published statements of the receipts and disbursements of the receipts and disbursements of the school funds show a faithful accounting for every dollar of the funds honestly utilized in the common sense way which recognizes that TWO dollars expended in BEST teachers, and BEST school houses, and best school furniture and appliances is far more economical and advantageous than ONE dollar WASTED on untrained teachers; badly lighted, badly ventilated, overcrowded and unsightly one room cabin; and
Whereas, Capt. J. C. Buchanan has openly charged the School Board of Lafayette parish with maladministration of the school funds, and has likewise charged the superintendent of public schools of this parish with "gross violation" of the school laws; be it
Resolved, that we denounce as unwarranted and vindictive the systematic and persistent efforts of Capt. J. C. Buchanan to disparage the public schools by making statements in print and in conversation that are exaggerative and misleading; be it further
Resolved, That it is the sense of this Board that J. C. Buchanan's well known and continuous antagonism to the public schools in Lafayette parish is unworthy and pernicious, is opposed to the spirit of true progress, and merits the condemnation of all fair-minded men.
On motion of Mr. Delhomme seconded by Dr. Young the resolutions were adopted by the following vote. - Ayes: Moss, Delhomme, Montgomery, Olivier, Young and Verot.
Publication of following statements was ordered by the Board, for the information of the public and as showing the entire absence of any willful or serious disregard of the law regulating the use of text books in public schools:
TO THE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD OF LAFAYETTE.
Gentleman - At no time has it been the intention of either Mr. Alleman or myself to deny that some books not on the State adopted list are being used in the schools of Lafayette. All that is being done in the schools is entirely open for inspection by anyone who wishes to see just what is done and what is left undone.
However, for the use of certain books not adopted by the State, Mr. Alleman has been unduly criticized and and unjustly censured by a few people. In fact, undue, undeserved emphasis has been given the whole matter, and with simple justice to Mr. Alleman, I wish it to be understood that while he may be technically responsible, he is not justly to blame. At least a part of the blame falls to me, and I do not wish Mr. Alleman to be censured with that part, but am willing to shoulder that part myself.
To explain, When I arrived here August 29, one week before the opening of the school, I had to hunt board, look after the cleaning up of two school houses and yards, to look unto into what had been done during the past year and to plan this year's work, I came here eager, as I am yet, to do the greatest amount of good possible, and feeling that something could be done in that direction by the use of some books other than those adopted by the State, and resting assured that the people of Lafayette, known throughout Louisiana as being the most enterprising and progressive town and parish in the State along educational lines, would not object to having the adopted books supplemented by a few others, if in the judgment of the superintendent and principal, either or both, these books would help to advance the children and better prepare them to become useful men and women, and intelligent citizens, I did not hesitate to make the introduction. I listed these two books in my course of study and submitted it to Mr. Alleman late Thursday afternoon of September 3, before the opening of school on the following Monday. Mr. Alleman had been very busy all week, and, although he did not speak of it, I judge that he took only time enough to examine my course of study to determine whether, in the main, it was good, and did not undertake to determine whether each book was on the adopted list. This course of study was returned to me on the Saturday following, giving little time to examine it.
I have found that the adopted books are inadequate in a school like that of Lafayette where the pupils are closely graded and accurately classified that the child needs more work than was mapped out by the text-book committee. An example, Graded Literature, Book IV will last four or five months, when the pupil is to remain in the fourth grade for a whole year. What is to be done with him the other half year? Go over the same book again, thereby causing the pupil to lose interest, or use supplementary work?
On looking over the work of last year I found that if only the adopted books were used many of the pupils would have to use the same book for a whole year, and some of them for a year and half, thereby taking two half years to do what should be one in one half year? Gentlemen, is that justice to any American child?
It was with no intention of setting aside the authority of State, no idea of ignoring the State or Parish Board, no desire to evade the law, no thought of questioning the wisdom of the State Text-book Committee, nor purpose og burdening anyone with the buying of extra books, that this introduction was made. It was made with the same idea in view that a farmer has when he buys the latest improvement cultivator, mower, and thrasher instead of doing the same work by hand; that Lafayette Parish has in using road machines instead of working her roads by hand as was done not so many years since; for the same reason that Lafayette has just established a pumping station for fire protection instead of depending on the bucket brigade; for the same reason we use the railroads, telegraph and telephone for sending messages instead of by stage-coach. The books were introduced because, in my opinion, they contain something fresh, something vital, for the boys and girls of this town.
W. J. AVERY.
MR. PRESIDENT AND GENTLEMEN OF THE BOARD:
This Board has been charged with a wasteful expenditure of public moneys, and I have been charged with a gross violation of the school laws." On account of the publicity which has been given these sweeping and misleading charges against one of the most progressive School Boards in the State of Louisiana, and against me its executive officer, I deem it my duty to give out this statement for the information of the public.
One of my first public acts, in assuming charge of the responsible position entrusted to me by this Board, was to map out a course of study for the parish and then to find books with which to carry it out. My first course was mapped out, with the exception of history, according to the adopted books. This course was found wanting by Mr. LeRosen, principal of the High School, and myself and we immediately introduced supplementary books in history, geography, etc. The following session the course of study for the parish was printed in pamphlet form. This course contained all of the adopted books, and in addition those books which, in my judgment, are absolutely necessary for carrying out a well defined plant of enlarging and improving the efficiency of the schools. I reasoned that if the State Board had provided an inexhaustible supply of supplementary reading matter and had overlooked the equally important supplementary history, geography, and nature study, etc., no one, with the welfare of his child at heart, could reasonably object to the introduction of these books provided the adopted books were not set aside. An examination of our printed course will show that not one adopted book has been set aside, but that we have been using supplementary books, not on the list, for two years and up to the present time there has been but one solitary complaint, and that one by Capt. J. C. Buchanan.
I present these course of study from other parishes to show that other school men have found it necessary to do as we have done - supply the deficiency. These parishes referred to have not had one complaint made against the books. It has never been our intention to set aside the adopted books, but we have added books which the children needed. While this may not be according to the letter of the law, it is certainly not in conflict with the spirit of the law; it is common sense, and common sense should be the law.
To show that at no time have I belived myself in any degree to be violating the law of the land, I sent a copy of my printed course of study containing books not on the adopted list to each member of the State Board of Education. As a "gross violator" of law I should never have printed my course and certainly should not have called the attention thereto of the persons who enacted the law by sending them a copy.
What has been done in Lafayette has been done and is being done all over the State by all progressive school communities and I have not yet heard of one complaint outside of Lafayette. What we have done in Lafayette has been done in the interest of 400 school children. It has increased their interest in school and added to their ability to do work. What has been done has a world of significance to these children, and will all the earnestness at my command I assert that any other course would seriously interfere with the progress of our schools.
Mr. Avery came here one week before the opening of school, after having served on the faculty of the State Normal School, which fact is a guarantee of his ability as a teacher. Coming, as he did, where the very best books are used, it was very natural for him to embody them in his course of study. Instead of being able to give his undivided attention to his course of study for the approaching session he was compelled to give his time to other matters. There were 10 teachers to provide for and 400 children to seat. He found only 7 class rooms an about 300 seats, and was compelled to arrange for more seats, and more class rooms, to look after the cleaning of the school premises; familiarize himself with conditions here and reorganize the whole school. Not being able to find help, he himself was compelled to scour the school cistern. For this commendable act he was soundly scored before this Board by Capt. Buchanan because there was no water in the cistern after the dirt had been washed out. Under these disadvantages he submitted to me, two or three days before the opening of school, his course of study. It was a good one. The books being used have the endorsement of prominent educators and the books were introduced because they are good and add something to the school life of the children. It is live books and live teachers which make a school, and these two forces, set at work two years ago, have place the Lafayette schools in their present flourishing condition.
We are not infallible; we may have been guilty of omissions and commissions; but we have been conscientious in the discharge of our duty. We have doubled the attendance of the parish; increased the teaching force 40 per cent in quantity and very much in quality; built, repaired and furnished school-house; increased the number of schools; and notwithstanding this phenomenal growth in two years, maintained the public schools for a period of 9 months last session - all this without one additional cent from the Police Jury, the appropriation last year being $4,000. The additional funds necessary for this work were raised by the individual efforts of this Board and Superintendent.
For my own part I have been actuated by one motive - the welfare of the 9,000 school children entrusted to my care, and whatever may have been my shortcomings, I have labored early and late with that singleness of purpose in view. Being sincerely earnest I have discharged my duty, as I understood it, fearlessly and above board, and my only ambition is to place the schools of the parish on the highest possible plane of efficiency.
L. J. ALLEMAN.
On motion duly seconded the board decided to build an additional room at the Bertrand school under the same arrangements made for building other schoolhouses in the parish since the adoption of the special school tax.
The secretary was authorized, after giving due notice, to offer to the highest bidder the lumber from the Whittington school-house, and to offer for rent for 2 years the lot containing 6 acres upon which the school house stood.
There being no further business the Board adjourned.
A. OLIVIER, President.
L. J. ALLEMAN, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 11/21/1903.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 11/21/1903.
Free lunch will be served at auction sale of lots at Duson, La., Tuesday, Nov. 21, 10 a. m.
Miss Heloise, Isabelle, and Mattie Mouton, daughters of Mr. Chas. O. Mouton, have left for Grand Coteau, to attend the Sacred Heart Convent.
Regular services will be held at the Episcopal church to-morrow evening at half past five o'clock. Special services will be conducted on Thanksgiving day, at 11 o'clock a. m.
Mrs. L. W. Mayer returned home Monday from a visit to relatives in Opelousas.
Dr. J. P. Francez of Carencro, paid a pleasant visit to The Gazette office Saturday.
Aristide Francez was in Lafayette during the week. He has just returned from San Antonio greatly improved in health.
Miss Leah Gladu returned home Sunday from Ruston, whither she had gone to represent the Women's Literary Club of this town at the State Federation of Women's Clubs which convened there. Lafayette Gazette 11/21/1903.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 21st, 1896:
Essay on visit to the Cotton Oil Mill.
by Gussie Plonsky a pupil at Mt. Carmel Convent.
Several days ago, Mr. Biossat, the general manager of the Cotton Oil Mill extended to us a cordial invitation to visit the mill. We were all overwhelmed with joy with the expectation of visiting it, knowing that it would be both interesting and instructive. Mother Superior with her usual kindness gave us the permission.
Monday the 9th inst. the sun shone in all its brightness and vigor. Thinking this is a favorable opportunity, I and two other girls went silently and secretly ask permission to go. Mother being absent, we had to wait a few minutes which we dreaded on account of it being class hour. Mother came and we made our request. At first she was in doubt, she said there were so many little ones and if we would remain till the electric lights were lit. their mothers would of course (which is no more than natural) be uneasy about their daughters. But after reflecting a while she consented. So at 4 o'clock after class hour, we started for the place we longed to see. "The Old Mill." After waiting until all were prepared the signal was given for us to proceed. The day being a bright one, as I have mentioned before, though a little cool, we walked it, which we enjoyed very much. As we were about a block from our destination we met Mr. Biossat in his buggy, who no doubt was coming to town, and with his usual good humor and kindness took Mother into his buggy; everything being in our favor, it happened a surrey was near by, Mr. Biossat asked the driver if he could take three of the sisters in, he kindly responded "Yes." In five minutes we were at the mill.
The first room we saw was where the seed is carried from the seed house to the mill, which is two different buildings, the latter being 50 x 150 feet long. The seed is carried to the mill by means of a carrier, this seed is then carried to the receiver. The carrier of the seed is made like a ladder and the part that holds the seed is shaped like a scoop and goes back and forth continually. The hulls are then extracted from the flesh of the seed, this flesh is ground into a meal. The meal is then passed into the boiler and it comes out something of a powdered substance of a bright yellow color, and it is from this the oil is extracted.
Before the oil is extracted a long narrow strip of cloth is placed under a large plate of the boiler, a key is then pushed forward and the machine comes to the front and this yellow powder falls quickly up on this cloth, it seems as though it falls from a sifter. The key is then pushed backward and the cloth removed, and another is placed in its turn and so on.
This is then removed to the press and the oil is extracted by means of a presser which is made like shelves, and the yellow powder which is enclosed in the cloth is placed on these shelves, and it is from this the oil is extracted, which only takes a moment.
It is taken from the press and the cloth removed, it comes out a hard cake.
This cake is then brought to the mill and again converted to a powder, this powder is used to fertilize the earth and feed cattle. We also saw several bales of cotton which is nothing but the cotton that remained on the seed after leaving the gin.
We were then shown into the room where the electric machines are. The light is obtained by means of a powerful current of electricity generated by a dynamo electric machine.
Though cotton seed oil is not expensive, few people think that so many persons are employed in manufacturing it.
After visiting the mill, thoroughly enjoying ourselves playing in the hull house. The time approached when we must make our departure, every one being delighted with her trip to the mill.
It was 7 o'clock when we reached home.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/21/1896.
THE TEACHER'S INSTITUTE.
Lafayette, La., Nov. 7, 1896.
The Teachers Parish Institute met to-day in regular session with the following members present. H. C. Wallis, Philip Martin, F. Cripin, Robert Broussard, Gilbert St. Julien, W. G. Webb, J. Fletcher, Chas. F. Trudeau, R. C. Greig, H. E. Toll, R. B. Martin, J. C. Martin, Misses Lizzie Mudd, V. Younger, F. S. Greig.
The minutes of last meeting were read and approved.
Mr. Greig then read the Constitution drafted by committee of which he was Chairman. This constitution with a few modifications was adopted by unanimous vote. By motion of Mr. Martin the secretary was instructed to have the Constitution published in The Lafayette Advertiser and Lafayette Gazette.
Institute agreed to pay a janitor 25 cents per month.
Business being completed, the discussion of the question, "What should be the qualification of the teacher? was opened by Mr. Wallis. The very earnest manner in which this subject was treated elicited marked attention. Some important points brought forward here: Variety of children with whom each teacher has to deal necessitates a close study of child nature: The important of moral culture: The teacher in loco parentis: Children future citizen and law-makers: Teachers should be a systematic student. After a few discussion questions of these and other items of interest, Manager Trudeau announced "How to Teach Geography" as a topic for general discussion at the next meeting.
Institute adjourned to until Dec. 5, 1896.
CHARLES F. TRUDEAU, Manager.
F. S. GREIG, Secretary.
Preamble: Recognizing the necessity for improvement in methods of teaching and the benefits to be derived from a free and full discussion of all subjects pertaining to the profession, the public school teachers of Lafayette parish do hereby organize and constitute themselves an association to be known as the Lafayette Teacher's Institute and adopt the following Constitution.
Article I. The purpose and object of this association is hereby declared to be the mutual advancement of members in theory and practice of the profession and the promotion, of a higher standard of efficiency in the public schools of the parish.
Section 1. All white public school teachers of this parish shall compose the membership of the association.
Section 2. The association may by a two third vote at any regular meeting elect as honorary members, private school teacher, school official officials and others interested in education matters who shall be entitle to all the privileges of this association save the right to vote.
Article III. - The officers of this association be a manager an assistant manager, a secretary and treasurer, who shall perform the functions incumbent upon them in their respective capacities. Officers shall be elected annually.
Article IV. Active members shall pay a monthly fee of 10 cts, and any further assessment levied by a two-third vote on all members present at any regular meeting.
Article V. The regular meeting of this association shall be every fourth Saturday from date of this ordinance.
Article VI. The order of business shall be as follows:
1. Roll Call
2. Reading of Minutes
3. Unfinished Business
4. New Business
5. Report of Committee
6. Reading of papers, Discussion
The constitution may be amended by two thirds vote of all members present at any regular meeting. Lafayette Advertiser 11/21/1896.
I deem it my duty to sufficiently explain and also do give my friends throughout the parish the reasons I entertained in tendering to Gov. Foster my resignation as Justice of the Peace of this the 4th ward of this parish. Being the Junior member and sole manager of the mercantile firm of Scranton and Domengeaux, and as our daily increasing business calls forth my whole time and attention, I felt that I can and under existing conditions, do justice impartially to both my business and the duties incumbed upon me as Justice of the Peace. I honestly hope that my friends will accept this short explanation, and will approve the cause I have taken in resigning. In conclusion, I beg to assure my friends that I will always be found with them, and that all leisure moments I may be able to command outside of my business hours will be cheerfully given to our great party of Protection, the poor man's party; the party of honesty and justice, the Republican party.
J. R. DOMENGEAUX.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/21/1896.
Notice to Contractors.
The Police Jury of Lafayette Parish will receive Thursday Dec 3, 1896, at Lafayette, La., propositions for the repair of the parish jail as follows:
First proposition: Four new steel cells with central corridor on second floor one steel hospital cell and two steel felon cells to be constructed out of present old cells. All complete with bath tubs, water closets, sinks, hoppers, hammocks, etc. The following repairs on building; the floors walls and ceilings to be placed in good repair and painted two good coats of paint, or whitewash as the case may be; the windows all to be put in thorough repair, two doors filed up and two iron doors down stairs where there are windows at present. Also remove partition wall up stairs, in rear of building so as to make main felon cell from large enough four steel cells, and do what is necessary to support the truss to the roof, down stairs there are to be three public water closets and one urinal. The room down stairs containing the public closets to be ceiled overhead with steel ceiling. One bath tub, closet, sink, etc. for jailer's room. Two thousand, one hundred and fifty ($2,150) feet of 6 inch sewer pipe laid to complete. One iron tank capacity 1,000 gallons and one force pump all complete. Each bidder will be required to submit with his bid a complete set of drawings and specifications of what he proposes to do.
Second proposition: The thorough repair of the present steel cells and cage by reflooring and strengthening sides etc. Flooring with steel the two small rooms on South side and placing them in secure condition. All complete with bath tubs, closets, sinks, hoppers, hammocks, etc.
Repair of building: Floors, walls, windows and ceilings to be placed in good order and painted two coats of paint or whitewash as the case may be agreed.
Down stairs are to be three public water closets and one (unreadable words) water closet, sink, bath tub. Room containing public closet to be with steel ceiling.
Two thousand, one hundred and fifty (2,150) feet of (unreadable words) laid complete. One iron tank capacity (unreadable) gallons. One force pump with all attachments complete. One (unreadable) pipe sufficient length to reach all cells. All closets, sinks, etc., to be properly connected with the sewage system and provided with (unreadable word).
The repairs which are outlined in the above properties shall be strictly first class as to material and the work shall be executed in thoroughly scientific manner and to the satisfaction of a committee appointed by the Jury. The Jury reserves the right to reject any and all bids. Builders desirous of information will please write to the undersigned.
R. C. GREIG, Sec. Police Jury.
Lafayette, La., Nov. 17, 1896.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/21/1896.
Postal Telegraph Cable Co. of La. - Mr. Geo. G. Goldman, right of way agent of the Postal Telegraph Cable Company of Louisiana was in town this week. Mr. Goldman informed us that expropriation proceedings involving the right to construct his company's line on the right of way of the Texas and New Orleans Railroad from Orange to Houston was terminated at the former place last Monday. The jury award was $95.00 for the entire distance or approximately 90 cents per mile. He also says that it is the intention of the Company to begin construction as soon as similar suit will be terminated in Lafayette, which is set for trial next Tuesday, 24th instant.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/21/1896.
Races at Surrey Park.
A race will be run on the Surrey Track, Sunday, Nov. 22nd, 1896, between Fi D the Cochrane filly and Rose the Bergeron mare. Distance: 5 arpents, and purse $100. Admission; 25 cts.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 11/21/1896.
Dr. T. S. Randle, of Burke, was the guest of Dr. F. R. Tolson, Thursday.
Mr. Fred Mouton of Grand Coteau was seen on our streets last Wednesday.
We learn that the Fair given at Carencro Saturday and Sunday, was a great success.
Mr. Leo Judice and Dr. Wadlington, of Scott, were paying social calls in Lafayette, last Thursday.
Mr. Jules Pointboeuf, who is now employed as engineer on the Morbihan Plantation, in Iberia Parish, was in town Tuesday.
Mr. Jules Mouton family, of Duchamps, will make Lafayette their future home. The Advertiser extends them a hearty welcome.
The ladies Aid Society of the Methodist Church has netted the neat little sum of $105.20 for the new church by the dinner served last Thursday.
Mr. J. L. Saunders and daughter, of Franklin, are the guests of the Cottage Hotel just now. Mr. Saunders has placed himself under the treatment of Dr. F. E. Girard, for his eyesight.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/21/1896
From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 21st, 1891:
35 ROUNDS AT THE ATHLETIC CLUB.
The glove contest announced to take place last Sunday between Robert Aimee, of Lafayette, and Walter Lee, of New Iberia, before the Lafayette Athletic Club, for a purse of $250, came off on time, and was witnessed by a number of the patrons of "the manly art."
The principals, accompanied by their respective backers, stepped into the ring promptly at 4 p. m. Aimee seconded by Messrs. Cash and O'Brien, and Lee by P. J. McAllister. Professor A. T. Smithy was chosen as referee and Mr. Samuel Wolf, of New Orleans, as time keeper.
Both men appeared to be in excellent condition. Lee is the taller man of the two and heavier by some ten pounds than Aimee, but the latter seemed to have the advantage in science, nerve and agility. He forced the fighting from the start, while Lee devoted most of his time to "sawing wood" and getting out of the way. However, he made some desperate rushes on the smaller man, and scored first blood and first knock-down; but his heaviest blows were generally very cleverly avoided by Aimee.
Several fouls were claimed by Aimee's seconds, on account of Lee using his elbows instead of his "fins," but were not allowed by the referee. But either through ignorance of the rules governing or intentionally, he kept his elbow tactics until finally in the thirty-fifth round, the fight was awarded to Aimee on a foul.
The referee was kept pretty busy in holding the contestants down to the rules, having to force them apart in nearly every round. He was also frequently annoyed by outside suggestions; but he seemed to know his business, and his decisions gave general satisfaction.
Altogether the affair was conducted in a very orderly manner, everything being done in good humor.
The contest between McAllister and Cash is announced to take place to-morrow afternoon. Lafayette Advertiser 11/21/1891.
Eclipse of the Moon. - The eclipse of the moon last Sunday evening proved quite an attraction, and perhaps more eyes were turned heaven ward in this locality than have been for some time. The conditions here were very favorable for observations. Many astronomers throughout the country took advantage of the eclipse to try and discover if the moon has a satellite. The most powerful telescopes failed to detect any.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/21/1891.
Tri-Weekly Sunset Specials. - On the 5th of November the Southern Pacific railroad commenced tri-weekly Sunset specials from San Francisco to New Orleans. Increasing fast freight business caused the addition, and the first of the extra specials was composed of seventy-seven cars.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/21/1891.
The friends of the Louisiana Lottery are endeavoring to make it appear that those who oppose the swindle are doing so in the interest of another swindling concern - the Mexican lottery. The absurdity of this claim and the object of those who advance it is apparent, when it is known that the Mexican lottery has no legal existence in Louisiana nor in the United States, and its status cannot be affected in the least by the vote of the people of Louisiana. It is the old cry of "stop thief," raised to cover the their own rascality. Lafayette Advertiser 11/21/1891.
Southern Pacific News.
On the 1st of November the Southern Pacific was 48,092 sacks of rice ahead of the receipts for the same time in 1890.
On the 5th of November the Southern Pacific railroad commenced tri-weekly Sunset specials from San Francisco to New Orleans. Increasing fast freight business caused the addition, and the first of the extra specials was composed of seventy-five cars. Lafayette Advertiser 11/21/1891.
JOSEPH HEINE THE VIOLINIST.
SOME INTERESTING FACTS IN HIS REMARKABLE LIFE.
Joseph Heine, who will appear at Falk's Hall to-morrow (Sunday) and Monday nights, was born in London, his father being of German extraction and his mother French. From the early age of 4 years little Joseph would be found by the neighbors seated at a piano in a high chair, improvising figures which the masters who came to listen to pronounced correct in form and harmony. The fame of the child spread, and soon he was surrounded with physicians from far and near, who came to listen to this marvelous prodigy, for such he seemed, as neither his father nor mother seemed gifted in the divine art.
A few years later young Heine's studies began in earnest, and he was placed under the instruction of such masters as Prof. Sainton, the court violinist, and one of Beroit's most able pupils Tolbecque and Herr Becker. Later on he received the benefit of Vieuxtemps and Ole Bull, the latter desiring to adopt him as his son. At the age of 16 progress had much been made in his studies that he went to the Crystal Palace in London and took with him the 8th Concerto of Spohr and the Grand Concerto of Mendelssohn without having had any previous rehearsal, before an audience of 3,000 persons. The youthfulness of the performer, coupled with the affliction of blindness, so astonished the musicians that they forgot their parts and nearly all left off to listen to the depth of feeling and marvelous execution which he displayed in the rendition of these works.
Louis D'Egville, the grandson, of the baronet D'Egville, was one of Heine's most intimate friends, and soon after his appearance at the Crystal Palace presented him with the Giant Heironinus Amati violin, nearly 300 years old. This celebrated violin was made in the year 1608, in Cromona, Italy, by Heironomus Amati, of whose celebrated family Stradufarius took his first instruction in the art of violin making. Of these celebrated instruments only twelve were made, but at the present time this and the one which belonged to the late King of Hanover, are the only two in existence which can be authenticated.
The tone of this grand old Amati surpasses almost all others in its wonderful richness and purity of acoustics.
From this time Heine's reputation as a public performer became established. He played at many of the gatherings of the nobility, and was presented to the queen at Windsor Palace on the occasion of the prince consort's birthday. After remaining some time in England, Prof. Heine made a tour of Australian colonies and South America, remaining many weeks in Brazil under the patronage of the late Emperor Dom Pedro. After leaving Brazil Prof. Heine came to the United States, where he has resided ever since. Lafayette Advertiser 11/21/1891.
Sugar Refinery at Arnaudville.
The Watkins Banking Company, of Lake Charles, last week commenced the erection of a sugar refinery on the Huron plantation (the old Lastrapes place), near Arnaudville, St. Landry parish. We understand that a tap road is needed and will be built, either from Grand Coteau or Lafayette. As Lafayette is the most convenient, if not the nearest point, it will probably be built from here. Lafayette Advertiser 11/21/1891.
Editor Lafayette Advertiser:
DEAR SIR: - In your issue of November 14th, appears an extract from the Attakapas Vindicator of October of October 22, followed by a long harangue of silly misstatements over the anonymous appellation of a "Trainman."
In that article the writer, whoever he is attempts to play the double role of prophet and philosophers and covers the two elements with a very poor quality of advice not asked for nor wanted. The article referred to, which seemed to play up and down the brave conscience of "A Trainman" read as follows:
"The employees of the Southern Pacific railroad, western division, have asked for more pay. The employees of that road now get more wages than those of any road in the state and it seems unreasonable to complain when nearly all the conductors get over $100 per month, while the brakemen average somewhere about $80. When it is known that no special qualification is necessary to all these places, it is very good pay, to say the least."
The sentiments and expressions used in the above are facts, but I find that "A Trainman" did not discuss the question, nor did he deny the assertion that the employees of the Southern Pacific were better paid than those of any other road running into the State; neither did he show that a brakeman must be possessed of any educational qualifications, or any other kind except a little practice, in order to fill the position. The conductors, of course, must necessarily be endowed with some intelligence to make out his reports and other things in order to successfully fill his place. We never heard, however, of any man having to be educated at Yale, Harvard or Tulane in order to qualify for a position as conductor or brakeman on the Southern Pacific system, yardmaster included.
Contrary to the expressed sentiments contained in the communication of "A Trainman," the writer of the paragraph is not in favor of reducing workingmen's wages to serfdom or even cutting them down any at all, but we are not in favor of gouging the railroad either, just because it is a railroad. We are aware that brakemen work hard and their occupation is dangerous and hazardous in the extreme. This is the reason why they are paid $60 per month for their services. Other people work hard too for a great deal less money.
Just why "A Trainman," should mention my name in his article in a criticizing sort of a way and not discuss the assertion on its own merits, and leave his own beneath the cover is very strange. But if "A Trainman" can get any especial satisfaction out of his method, he is certainly welcome to it.
It is the opinion of this writer that if "A Trainman" is dissatisfied with his position and its emoluments he should let go and allow somebody to take his place who would do more work and make less noise.
As to the shoo-fly newspaper this unknown Cicero speaks of, our mind is mingled with both a doubt and a desire. One of which is whether the writer subscribes for The Vindicator or reads a borrowed one, of if so, has he paid the price of subscription?
OSCAR L. ALPHA.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/21/1891.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 11/21/1891.
Mr. F. Demanade has a large and select stock of Christmas goods, call early and make your selections.
The Advertiser has a pleasant call Thursday from Messrs. M. T. Gordy, Jr., and Olidon Broussard, of Abbeville, La., where in town on a short visit.
A grand ball will be given at Peres' Hall near town to-night. Saturday November 21st. Music by the Brousssardville Brass Band. The public are invited to attend.
A grand ball for the benefit of the street lamp fund of the town of Carencro, will be given at Guilbeau's Hall on Saturday night, December 12th, 1891. Lafayette Advertiser 11/21/1891.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 21st, 1874:
We again call upon those who are indebted to the ADVERTISER to come up and settle their accounts, it they wish to avoid trouble and costs.
Many thanks to our young friend, L. P. Revillon, for a lot of large and delicious oranges, grown on the banks of that beautiful Lake known as Lake Arthur, in Cameron Parish.
The weather during the week has been cold, damp and disagreeable. Winter clothing and heavy boots are consequently in demand.
Our sugar and cotton planters have been greatly inconvenienced in not being able to grind their cane and gin their cotton on account of the scarcity of water for their engines.
Off For The Sea Coast. - A number of our fellow citizens left here last Thursday, on a pleasure excursion to the vermilion Bay and the Gulf coast. Among the number are. Mr. F. Martin and family, Mr. H. Eastin and wife, Mr. Alex Guidry and daughter, and several others. We wish them a pleasant and agreeable time, and that they may return home invigorated in health and spirits.
J. O. Mouton, merchant of this place, left for New Orleans, for the purpose of purchasing his winter stock. John is a clever merchant and knows how to select goods; his friends can therefore expect to find anything that they may wish in his store, in a very short time.
Our former fellow townsman, C. P. Connelly, of New Orleans, has been on a visit to our town during the past week. We were glad to see Charley looking as hale and hearty as of yore and in his usual good spirits. He will return to the city to-morrow, and resume his occupation in the firm of Messrs. A. T. Bennett & Co., where he will always be pleased to see his friends from this section of the country, when they visit the city.
The attention of the reader is called to the card of John Clegg, Esq., published in another column. Mr. Clegg is a young lawyer of ability, and by his strict and prompt attention to business, will, no doubt, acquire that portion of the public patronage which industry and and true merit deserves.
The following well merited compliment to the staunch and unflinching Democratic paper, the N. O. BULLETIN, is from the Louisiana Staats Zeitung, a German paper recently started in New Orleans: But to whom is due, the credit of having caused this coalition of good men, against thieves, plunderers and robbers! To the public press.
Look at the little New Orleans BULLETIN. What has it not done for our fortunate Louisiana! Its very birth an accident, the little foundling struggled faithfully through misery and want ; its farms seized, its editors persecuted and menaced, it followed up bravely, courageously, that independent and patriotic policy, which has not only redeemed our State, but also greatly aided it in using that great national revolution which put and end to Radical maladministration and corruption.
To the credit of the citizens of New Orleans, be it said, that they have generously aided the little champion of the rights to free itself from want and need.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/21/1874
From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 21st, 1913:
TRAIN DELUXE STARTS SUNDAY.
All arrangements were perfected yesterday for the putting in of the splendid California service of the Southern Pacific, and J. H. R. Parsons, the general passenger agent, is looking for heavy travel from the very inauguration of the service.
The new train de luxe to San Francisco and points on the Pacific coast was to have been put into service last Sunday, but owing to the strike of the engineers, conductors and trainmen it was necessary to postpone the inauguration. As soon as the strike was declared off, through the agreement to arbitrate differences, Mr. Parsons went ahead with his plans, and set next Sunday for the opening of the service.
It will be a new train to the Pacific coast, and will run in addition to the other through San Francisco trains. While no excess charge will be made on the passenger fares, the train is to be one of the finest and most complete in equipment and appointment in the country.
Mr. Parsons recently made an extended tour over the North and East in an effort to attract Western travel through the New Orleans gateway, and everything indicates that his mission was altogether a successful one and that a large number of tourists will visit New Orleans this winter than ever before in the history of the city.
The Illinois Central, the Louisville and Nashville and all connecting lines have rearranged their in-and-out schedule to insure prompt connections with the Southern Pacific trains to and from the west.
All new sleeping cars of the latest steel models have been furnished by the Pullman Company for the train, and these cars, twenty-nine in number, are mostly now in the city ready for service.
From the N. O. Picayune and in the Lafayette Advertiser of 11/21/1913.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 21st, 1911:
Sanitarium Ready For Visitors.
The Lafayette Sanitarium is about complete, all that is lacking being a few furnishings which will be receive- have a formal opening day as soon as these few requisites are received, but ed in a few days. It is intended to meantime the management of the sanitarium will be glad to have visitors and show them through the building.
The sanitarium is very complete, being in every way modern and strictly up to date in all its appointments. All the facilities of the best sanitariums have been provided and Lafayette may well congratulate itself upon having such a modern institution. Every town of the size of Lafayette should have a place where the best attention and care can be given in serious cases and our city has such a place in the Lafayette Sanitarium.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/21/1911.
Lightning killed a man and injured two women who were playing croquet near Varden, Miss.
A man with a knife and a woman with a pistol killed each other in a duel at Anniston, Ala.
Two sets of counterfeiters' dies for five-dollar gold pieces were found in a beaver hole by a Dog Creel, Mont., man turned over to the authorities.
Elk have been all but exterminated in this country, and the report of a herd of 11 having been seen north of Mary's peak, near Cornwallis, Ore., recently, excited comment in the far northwest.
A series of fetes, to take place in Paris in October for the benefit of the poor, are being organized. The municipal council has contributed $10,444 on condition that it approves of the programme.
The Callan County Immigration association of Port Angeles, Wash., has established a bureau at St. Paul, Minn., and is sending out whole families from the central west to the newer far west.
Original source unknown. In the Lafayette Advertiser 11/21/1896.