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 From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 23rd, 1904:


 Before another week passes the legal Thanksgiving day will have come, says the Dallas, Tex., Farm and Ranch. There are other days on which we may nourish our sense of gratitude, but next Thursday is one day singled out by state and national governments in which we should cultivate both feelings and expressions of thankfulness.

 Man is more and more the master workman, the governor of his own movements, the architect of his own fortunes, the intelligent co-operator with the Great Architect of the Universe. Man is rapidly subduing the earth and will finally master himself, by reason of the strength begot in battle with the external things of his life. We must feel a sense of gratitude because of the progress of humanity and its inherent ability to maintain the positions gained while planning for future development.

 Let the Southwest keep step with the marching columns of civilization's forces, not for purpose of conquest, but that our people may be qualified in every way to rule over themselves, supply their own wants, and give freely to needy peoples of earth both moral and physical life the more abundantly. For our blessings, our opportunities, our needs, our daily cares, the hours of toil and seasons of harvest let us be sincerely thankful. From the publication 'Farm and Ranch' and in the Lafayette Advertiser 11/23/1904.     

Thanksgiving Exercises. - There will be appropriate Thanksgiving exercises at the High School by the pupils Thursday afternoon at two o'clock sharp. Friends and parents are invited.
Laf. Advertiser 11/23/1904.

Thanksgiving Services. - Special Services will be conducted by Rev. C. C. Kramer, in the Episcopal church, at 11 o'clock to-morrow morning, to which the public are cordially invited. Laf. Adv. 11/23/1904.

 Thanksgiving Services will be held at the Methodist church to-morrow (Thursday) morning at 11 a. m. by the Pastor, Rev. J. D. Harper. A cordial invitation is extended to all who may wish to attend. Laf. Adv. 11/23/1904.


 Frederick Pitman, of London, Will Sing in the Auditorium Friday, December 2, at 8 p. m. - Admission 50 Cents; Students 25 cents.

 The patrons, students and friends of the Institute will have an opportunity to hear Frederick Pitman's splendid baritone voice on Friday evening, the 2nd of December. Mr. Pitman is a native of London, England, and received his musical education at the Royal College of Music in that city, of which institution he is now an Associate. He has taken up his residence in New Orleans as a teacher of Music, following his kingsman, Prof. Ferdinand Dunkley, the distinguished organst of St. Paul's Church in that city. The Times-Democrat in a criticism of one of Mr. Pitman's concerts said:   Mr. Pitman's voice is a pure rich baritone of large compass, beautifully mellow, and showing every sign of a thorough training. He was at his best perhaps in "Why do the Nations" from Handel's Messiah which showed to advantage his splendid vocalization, while in Schubert's "The Wanderer". "O Thou Sublime Sweet Evening Star" (from Tannhauser) and Nevin's "The Rosary", not only was the fine quality of his voice brought out, but the tender sentiment and pathos of these beautiful songs were exquisitely developed."

 The fact that Mr. Pitman is included on the programs of the New Orleans Choral Symphony Society is assurance enough to all music lovers that his singing will be a rare treat, and there is no doubt that Lafayette will give him an appreciative audience when he comes to the Institute.

 This attraction is not included in the regular Lyceum Lecture Course for the season, but is additional and the charge for admission is Fifty Cents for grown people and Twenty-five Cents for Students.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/23/1904.

Leaving To-Day.

 The Industrial Institute foot ball team leaves this evening for Lake Charles and Leesville. A game will be played in Lake Charles on Thanksgiving Day and in Leesville on the day following. The line up is as follows: Capt. and left half, Talbot;  right half, C. W. McNaspy; full back, Sisdous; quarter back, McNeese; left end, H. McNaspy; right end, Linstrom; right guard, Bacon; left guard; Billeaud; center Prosser; Landry and White, substitutes. Lafayette Advertiser 11/23/1904.

An Annual Visitor.

 The annual visit of Gentry Bros. Famous Shows, with their multitude of trained animals, will soon be here. All the dogs, ponies and elephants and monkeys, that have long paid this city a yearly visit will continue with their custom. A multitude of new artists have augmented the pay, or rather feed roll of the Gentry Bros.' Shows this season. Baby animals from far-off lands, and pretty dogs from every clime have succeeded in learning some new, laughable and startling performance, which they will display for the approbation of their children patrons. The old and new members of the company participate in friendly rivalry for the applause of their youthful visitors. The shows will exhibit in all their entirely two performances, afternoon and night. Lafayette Tuesday, Nov. 28.    Lafayette Advertiser 11/23/1904.

Will Move This Week.
 The First National Bank will remove from their temporary quarters in the Century Club building into their handsome new structure the latter part of this week or early next week. The new bank building is a beauty and "does Lafayette proud." Lafayette Advertiser 11/23/1904.

Southern Pacific Brakeman Has Both Feet Crushed.
 [Special to The Times-Democrat.]

 Franklin, Nov. 2o. - J. W. Martin, a brakeman of the Southern Pacific Railroad, met with a serious accident near Midland, La., last night by being run over by train on which he was braking.

 The Southern Pacific hurried the unfortunate man on a special, which arrived here (Franklin, La.)  at 7 o'clock last night. It was found, on examination, that both feet were badly crushed, besides severe injuries on the head and back. It was necessary to amputate one of his feet. Dr. B. W. Smith, house surgeon at the Sanitarium, performing the operation.
From the N. O. Times-Democrat and in the Lafayette Advertiser 11/23/1904.

With a New Railroad.

 Every one knows that real estate will sell for double the money it now does. Now is your opportunity to invest before your prices go up. Call and let me tell you where you can make money by buying real estate near the railroad will pass. J. C. Nickerson, Real Estate Agent. Laf. Advertiser 11/23/1904.

The Woman's Club.

 Mrs. F. E. Davis received the members of the Woman's Club in her hospitable home last Saturday afternoon, when, as usual, she proved a most charming hostess. After the business part of the program has been satisfactorily disposed of, Miss Edith Dupre gave an interesting report of her visit as a delegate to the Federation of Woman's Clubs at Jennings, which meeting was a source of pleasure and a great benefit to all those who attended and to all clubs that belong to the Federation.

 The regular program was then given, which was:

 A note was read from Mr. W. J. Avery, principal of the town public schools, in which he thanked the Club members for the handsome picture, which they recently presented to the public schools of the town and which now hangs in Miss Christian's room at the high school.

 The guests on this occasion were, Miss Jessie Tharpe, of New Orleans, who delighted her hearers with a reading full of wit and humor and Miss Ella Montgomery, of Crowley, who as an erstwhile member of the Club, received a warm welcome, and gave one of her most brilliant instrumental selections. Mrs. Davis then served a delicious luncheon, assisted by Miss Christian and Miss O'Quin.

 The next meeting will be held Dec. 3, with Misses Riis and Leftwich.
 Lafayette Advertiser 11/23/1904.

Mexican Supper.

 A novelty in Lafayette will be the "Mexican Supper" to be given by the ladies of the Episcopal Guild next Monday, the 28th instant, in the Century Club building. The ladies have secured the spacious room soon to be vacated by the First National Bank, and complete arrangements will be made for the enjoyment of patrons.

 In addition to the regular Mexican supper, for which the moderate price of 35 cents will be charged, gumbo, cake and coffee will be served in appetizing style, beginning at 4 o'clock p. m. The proceeds will be devoted to the reducing the debt of the Episcopal church of this place, and the patronage of the public is respectfully solicited for this worthy object.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/22/1904. 

Death of J. C. Couvillon.

 J. C. Couvillon, a well-known merchant of this place, died very suddenly Tuesday night, Nov. 15, at 9:30 o'clock, in the 57th year of his age. He had just returned from New Orleans, arriving on the 5 p. m. train seemingly in good health. He ate a hearty supper and a short time after was stricken with apoplexy. He never recovered consciousness and passed away within a few hours. Mr. Couvillon was a native of Avoyelles parish. At the breaking out of war between the States, he enlisted in Boone's battery under command of Capt. Bennett and served throughout the war. At its close he was in Alexandria, from which place he returned to Avoyelles, remaining there until 1882 when he moved to New Iberia. In 1885 he settled in Carencro, remaining until 1890, when he located in Lafayette. He was engaged in the mercantile business all his life and had considerable success. He married Miss Leocade Lemoine, from which union four children survive him. They are, Mrs. F. A. Guilbeau, of Carencro, Mrs. Camile Spriefico, Mrs. L. E. Lacour and Mr. Leon Couvillon, of Lafayette.

 A large number of friends and relatives attended the funeral services which were held at St. John's Church Wednesday afternoon, the remains were taken to Carencro for interment. Lafayette Advertiser 11/22/1904.    

City Council
...among other business of Nov. 4, 1904...

 The undersigned considering that the widening of Lafayette street from from Vermilion street to the corner of Main street is a great public utility and necessity, and considering further the enhancement in value to the property to arise from thus widening said street, we do hereby donate and dedicate to the public use for the purpose of street and sidewalk a sufficient quantity along the western line of our respective properties on said Lafayette street to give said street the width from curb to curb of forty one feet and six inches together with a nine foot sidewalk.

 It being the intention of this dedication and donation to continue the line of Lafayette street as recently opened in front of court house square. The A. J. Leblanc, F. Lombard estate by J. Vigneaux tutor.

 Having considered the foregoing petition the following was adopted:

 Be it ordained by the City Council of Lafayette, La., that this council considers it to be a matter of public importance and utility that such portion of Lafayette street and court house square on the East line be widened in the manner proposed in said petition, that the donation of land and money tendered by the above named petitioners for that purpose be and the same are hereby accepted and, Be it further ordained that in order to effect the widening of said street that this council will expropriate such portions of lots or other abutting owners as may be necessary for that purpose and moreover will meet such additional and reasonable expropriation necessary in the premises not covered by the above donations. Adopted unanimously.

 Chairman of Water and Light committee reports that foundation for new engine at plant is complete and ready for the machine which has not yet arrived though overdue, that the dynamos have come to hand but cannot be installed until new engine is put up; they also report that the well at plant appears to be failing and that steps will have to be taken to remedy this trouble.

 Moved and seconded that Water and Light Committee be authorized to take steps to secure the necessary supply of water by such means as in their judgment may be unnecessary.

 Lafayette Advertiser 11/23/1904.

City Council Proceedings.

 Lafayette, La., Nov. 7, 1904. - A regular meeting of the City Council was held this day, with Mayor Chas. D. Caffery presiding. Members present: F. Demanade, John. O. Mouton, Geo. A. DeBlanc, D. V. Gardebled, M. Rosenfield, Henry Fontenot, A. E. Mouton.

 Moved and seconded that minutes of last regular meeting be approved as read. Carried.

 The following petition was presented to the City Council for the widening of a portion of Lafayette street.

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

 We the undersigned citizens and property holders of the town of Lafayette, La., respectfully beg your honorable body to have Lafayette street widened from the northwest corner of court house square to the junction of Lafayette and Vermilion streets, the new width to correspond with the enlargements of same street as it as present stands in front of court house square and being a continuation of said Lafayette street in a straight line from the court house square to points indicated.

 Respectfully submitted, S. Begnaud, A. J. Leblanc, F. Lombard estate, per John Vigneaux, John Vigneaux, Leon Plonsky, per Mose Plonsky, M. Mouton, Butcher & Herpin, L. F. Salles, Mrs. B. A. Salles, per L. F. Salles, H. O. Leblanc.

 The undersigned hereby agree to pay in cash on demand the amount set down opposite our names for the widening of Lafayette street, said amount to be payable in the event the Hon. City Council decides to widen said street.

 Lafayette, La., Nov. 8, 1904.
     To the Hon. Mayor and City Council of the town of Lafayette, La.

 The undersigned considering that the widening of Lafayette street from Vermilion street to the corner of north Main street is a public utility and necessity, and considering further the enhancement in value to the property to arise from thus widening said street, we do hereby donate and dedicate to the public use for the purposes of street and sidewalk a sufficient quantity along the western line of our respective properties on said Lafayette street to give said street the width from curb to curb or forty one feet and six inches together with a nine foot sidewalk.

 It being the intention of this dedication and donation to continue the line of Lafayette street as recently opened in front of court house square. A. J. Leblanc, H. O. Leblanc, F. Lombard estate by J. Vigneaux tutor.

 Having considered the foregoing petition the following was adopted:

 Be it ordained by the City Council of Lafayette, La., that this council considers it to be a matter of public importance and utility that such portion of Lafayette street between Vermilion street and court house square on the East line be widened in the manner proposed in said petition, that the donation of land and money tendered by the above named petitioners for that purpose be and the same are hereby accepted and, Be it further ordained that in order to effect the widening of said street that this council will expropriate such portions of lots of other abutting owners as may be necessary for that purpose and moreover will meet such additional and reasonable expense necessary in the premises not covered by the above donations. Adopted unanimously.

 Doctor F. E. Girard and Felix Voorhies in behalf of the Sontag Military band appeared before the council and asked that free lights and license be furnished for them for the benefits of said band, for street fair to be held in December 1904.

 Moved and seconded that privileges for the approaching street fair in this town in December is hereby granted to the Sontag Military Band, and that this council hereby agrees to furnish lights and license, provided that said show put at its own cost the necessary wire for the lights; and provided further, that here be no gambling or immoral features attached to said fair. Adopted.

 Chairman of Water and Lights Committee reports that foundation for new engine at plant is complete and ready for the machine which as not yet arrived though overdue, that the dynamos have come to hand but cannot be installed until new engine is put up; they also report that the well at plant appear to be failing and that steps will have to be taken to remedy this trouble.

 Moved and seconded that Water and Light Committee be authorized to take steps to secure the necessary supply of water by such means as in their judgment may be necessary. Adopted.

 The following bills were approved:

 Moved and seconded that the street committee is authorized and instructed to call for bids for rebuilding of plank walks on all streets. Carried.

 Section (I) Be it ordained by the City Council of Lafayette, La., that under and by virtue of an ordinance of this council adopted October 5, 1903, entitled "An ordinance relative to sidewalks in the town of Lafayette, La.," and in accordance with the provisions of act No. 517 of the acts of the legislature of this State of 1902, and considering that the public interest requires it, that the plank walk six feet in width wherever possible and of such lesser width as may be necessary to conform to width of sidewalk, and otherwise according to specification in possession of street committee be built between the following points, in said town to-wit:

 1. Along northerly side of Lincoln avenue from Grant avenue to Oak street in the McComb addition.

 2. - Along southerly side of Buchanan street or Julia avenue in part, and in part on northerly side from Congress street to high school building.

 3. - Along north side of Congress street from Pierce street to Methodist church one block on south side.

 4. - Along easterly side in part and in part on westerly side from Washingron street to Methodist church.

 5. - Along the north side of second street and west side of St. John street from Convent to Catholic church.

 6. Along south side Vermilion street, east side of Johnston in part and in part on west side of Johnston street from Lee avenue to Industrial school property.

 7. - Along south side of Vermilion street from Johnston street to Lamar street.

 Section (II). Be it further ordained that public notice be given for ten days of this ordinance, and moreover the street committee shall call for bids to do said work, and shall let the contract to the lowest responsible bidder, who shall give satisfactory security to said committee in a sum to be determined by them for the faithful compliance of said contract and the completion of said work.

 Section (III). Be it further ordained that the entire cost of said walks shall be paid by the owners of the real estate abutting the same, on the basis of the respective frontage of the property thereon, which amounts shall be due and collectable within ten days after the completion of the work and its acceptance by the City Council, and if not paid within ten days the council shall proceed by suit against said owners, and said real estate to collect said delinquent assessment, and for payment of said sum so assessed; this council shall have a special privilege on said properties, to secure payment of the said sum, with six per cent per annum interest thereon, from expiration of said ten days until paid, which lien shall be the first privilege over all other claims except taxes, and shall effect third persons from date of registry of said assessment in the mortgage book of Lafayette Parish.

 Section (IV). Be it ordained that said committee may accept said work or any part thereof by section of one or more blocks.

 Section (V).  Be it further ordained that in case no satisfactory bid is received for the construction of said walks, then said street committee is hereby authorized and empowered to proceed without delay to construct the same as provided by said act No. 147 of 1902.


 Respectfully submitted,
    H. H. HOHORST, Collector.

 The secretary reported the following warrants drawn during the month of October and up to date and the same was approved and ordered spread on the minutes. Carried.




 Moved and seconded that bill of H. H. Hohorst amounting to $500.00 for assessment and making roll for year 1904 be paid, less than amount paid by Council for cement walk. Carried.
           Lafayette, La., Sept. 13, 1904.

 To the Hon. Chas. D. Caffery, Mayor and members of the City Council,
   Gentlemen: - The charter of the Lafayette Fire Department provides that an election annually for the selection of a chief and assistant chief, and I beg to advise your Honorable body that Mr. A. E. Mouton was duly elected chief and Mr. G. A. Martin assistant chief of the Lafayette Fire Department to serve for the ensuing term.

 In the event that these gentlemen selected receive your approbation, will ask your Honorable body to appoint same as the Chief and assistant chief of the Lafayette Fire Co., by your City Council.
          F. E. VOORHIES, Secretary.
  Moved and seconded that this council ratifies the action of the Fire Department. Adopted.

 There being no further business Council adjourned.
          CHAS. D. CAFFERY, Mayor.
  J. P. COLOMB, Ass't Sec'ty.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/23/1904.


 Trustees for Various Schools Appointed. - Another Room to Be Built to Carencro School.

Lafayette, La., Nov. 3, 1904.

 At a called meeting of the Board on the above date the following members were present: Alex Delhomme, Sr., Jasper Spell, J. Arthur Roy, Dr. N. P. Moss, Arthur Comeaux, J. H. Bernard, A. D. Verot and Alcide Judice.

 After reading and approving the minutes of the previous meeting the Board took up the appointment of three local trustees for each school as follows:

 The meeting was instructed to notify the trustees and send each a copy of the rules governing trustees and their duties as school officers.

 On motion of Mr. Judice seconded by Mr. Roy the Board voted an additional room for the Carencro school on the same condition that buildings have been constructed in other communities. The Building Committee was instructed to proceed with the work of enlarging the Carencro school as soon as possible.

 On motion duly seconded the Board accepted the generous offer of Messrs. Judice and Begnaud to load the parish $278.05 without interest for building purposes. These two public spirited gentlemen have loaned the public school fund two thousand dollars without interest and without limit as to time of payment.

 The Building Committee was instructed to proceed with the construction of a schoolhouse at Duson.

 Messrs. Roy, Bernard and Comeaux were appointed a committee to investigate and report on the advisability of building a schoolhouse at the Sellers site.

 The Board then adjourned to Thursday, Nov. 10, at ten o'clock.
                N. P. MOSS, President.
L. J. ALLEMAN, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/23/1904.

School Board.

Lafayette, La., Nov. 10, 1904. - At an adjourned meeting held on above date Messrs. 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 a 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 by Mr. Judice to ... (unreadable words) ... dollars without interest.

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

 After having heart two committees from the Sellers school or the location of the proposed new building and after having carefully considered the matter of 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 house to the new site and to change the name of the Sellers school to the Simon school. On motion duly seconded the Building Committee was authorized to take necessary steps to build the new school house at once. A committee of citizens, Messrs. Boniface Bodoin, Alein Comeaux and Laodis Broussard, agreed to remove the old building to the 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 Hurchinson 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 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 to 30; and for an expression 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 or 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 of parish Superintendent and secretary of the Board have increased to such an extent within the past two years as to make the necessary for that office to employ 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 poll 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.

 The following accounts were approved:

 Part 1.

Part 2.

 Respectfully submitted,
                              J. E. MARTIN, Treas.
Lafayette, La., Oct. 6, 1904.
      There being no further business the Board adjourned.
N. P. MOSS, President.
L. J. ALLEMAN, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/22/1904.


 Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 11/23/1904.

 The Woman's Club will give a Fair at Falk's Opera House Dec. 10, to raise money for the scholarship given by them at the Industrial Institute.

 The School Board at its last meeting increased Supt. Alleman's salary from $1,200 to $1,600 a year, which, we believe, was right and proper. Mr. Alleman has been a faithful, painstaking and efficient officer and the increase granted him is deserved.

 Mrs. J. C. Nicholson and little daughter, Lucille, left yesterday for Houston to visit her sister, Mrs. C. K. Darling.

 Mr. and Mrs. E. T. McBride and Miss Louise Sontag left Saturday for a few days stay in Houston, where Mr. McBride was called on business.

 Cranberries and canned pumpkin for pies at Prudhomme & McFaddin's.

 Manager Phillips, of the Lafayette Sugar Refining Co., Ltd., was a visitor to New Iberia Saturday.

 Misses Estelle and Aimee Mouton, Hattye Shannon and Ruby Scranton, Dr. and Mrs. J. A. Martin and Mr. W. S. Middlemas went to Crowley Thursday night to witness Twelfth Night.

 George Gross, an expert mattress maker from Pennsylvania, arrived Sunday to take a position with the Lafayette Mattress Factory.

 As per the custom of the Moss Pharmacy, their store will be closed on Thanksgiving Day from 12 o'clock noon to 5 p. m.

 Cameron McNally, of Canada, is the guest of his cousin, J. C. Nickerson.

 S. A. Pipes, staff correspondent of the Picayune paid this office a welcome call Friday.

 Work on the Gordon hotel and the Jefferson theatre is progressing nicely and it is hoped to have the hotel completed by Christman and the theatre by Jan. 1. Lafayette Advertiser 11/23/1904.

From the Lafayette Gazette of November 23rd, 1901:


 The system of waterworks has cost the town less than $30,000.

 Does any one doubt that on the 14th instant the waterworks saved from $50,000 to $200,000 worth of property?

 Surely no one will dispute this fact.

 Without the waterworks the fire department would have been helpless. It could not have done any effective work. Without an abundance of water possibly a third or half of the town would have been reduced to ashes. Hence, it is true that on the morning of the 14th instant the plant more than paid for itself.

 Those who are opposed to municipal governments ought to think about this. It is a plain business proposition.

 Has the fire not been extinguished before being allowed to spread to Nicholson's store on Veazey's stable, it is impossible to tell how many people would have been rendered homeless, and some of them completely ruined. Nothing short of a calamity was averted.

 While those who live within the reach of the water-plugs are congratulating themselves upon their good fortune, they should give a moment;s thought to their less fortunate fellow-citizens who are too far from the water-mains to be protected in the event of a fire. These people have to pay taxes, yet they are deprived of one of the greatest benefits derived from the municipal government. They have been the sufferers from one of the unavoidable inequalities of the system. The town administration has done its best to place both water and light within the reach of as many people as prevailing conditions would permit, and it is no exaggeration to say that they have done well. The experiment here has proven more successful than at New Iberia, Crowley and other towns and the municipal administration deserves full measure of praise for it.

 An opportunity will be presented to the tax-payers of the town to extend the water and light plant so as to place it within the reach of those who have been paying for their share for the plant, but who have been denied the enjoyment of the privileges resulting from it. Only a brutal egotism will cause those who already enjoy the privileges to oppose their extension to others, and surely no one who is not receiving the benefits of the plant will be found among the opposition. It should require very little argument to prove to the latter that it is to his interest to vote and work for an addition to the plant.

 Under the circumstances it is not possible that any tax-payer will oppose the proposition to bring about a more equal and just distribution of the benefits accruing from the plant.
Lafayette Gazette 11/23/1901.  

Gentry Bros. Circus.

 The people from the surrounding towns and the country people will be in Lafayette to witness the Gentry Brothers' worlds greatest exhibition, the largest and best show of its kind in the world, traveling far ahead of any three ring circus. The richest and best shows in the world. Strictly a refined and moral exhibition. No side shows or fake games with this high-class entertainment.

 Farmers, be on the streets at 11 o'clock in the morning and see the neatest parade ever given in Lafayette. Bring your families and give them a treat of a lifetime. You can take your whole family for a little money. Two exhibitions daily, rain or shine, under our perfectly waterproof tent. Cheap rates on all railroads. Remember the date, Thursday Nov. 28.

Lafayette Gazette 11/23/1901.

A Splendid Show.

 The Miller Brothers' Comedians, a high class vaudeville company coming direct from the best eastern theatres, will give one performance at Falk's opera-house, Sunday evening November 24th. Among the people are "Young Shore Acres" and Master St. Claire, two juvenile performers who have letters from President Roosevelt. The performance consists of short comedies and specialties. Lafayette Gazette 11/23/1901.

Connecting Water Mains.

 C. F. Melchert has been quite busy this week connecting the water mains with the pipes of the Southern Pacific, that company having contracted with the Council for its water supply. Laf. Gazette 11/23/1901.


From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 23rd, 1901:


 The fire last week demonstrated two things. First, that Lafayette has a fire department equal to any. Their splendid work in saving the Nicholson building could not be excelled even by the paid fire department of New Orleans; and second, that the fire department has not sufficient hose. There should be enough hose to equip four companies, and the reels placed in four different sections of the town, so that a fire could be reached with the very least delay. It has been suggested also that a number of neighbors should club in the and provide for their own protection a sufficient length of hose, provided the city failed to buy more hose. This is certainly a good idea and could be carried out with little expense to each.

 The promptitude and efficiency of the fire department at the Veazey fire has proven so conclusively the thorough protection of the town against fire, that it behooves the Business Men's League to lay the facts before the insurance companies, and make an effort to have the present high rates lowered to correspond with those of other towns. Lafayette Advertiser 11/23/1901.

Nicholson's Donation.

 The rubber tired buggy donated by Mr. W. V. Nicholson to the fire department in testimony of his appreciation of their services in saving his store will be raffled for the benefit of the department. The proceeds will be used for the purpose of purchasing more hose, equipment, etc.

 The raffle list will be given to those ladies who are willing to take them and sell the tickets, and a handsome prize will be given to the ladies who sell the the greatest number.

 This is a fine opportunity for the citizens of Lafayette to show their appreciation of the fire department, and at the same time assist them to procure more and better facilities for fighting fire. Those who are not members of the department, and have heretofore not contributed anything should liberally buy tickets. All should remember that in helping the "boys", they are helping themselves, and when the list is brought around do all you can.

 The date of the raffle will be announced as soon as possible. Lafayette Advertiser 11/23/1901.

Asst. Fire Chief Elected.

 At a meeting of the fire companies held at Falk's Opera House on Monday, Mr. Arthur LeBlanc was elected assistant chief. This is a compliment to Mr. LeBlanc, and shows that he is very popular among the "boys." Lafayette Advertiser 11/23/1901.

"At Valley Forge."

 The story of the new Colonial drama "At Valley Forge", which comes to Lafayette, Dec. 5th, promises to furnish a notable example of dramatic construction in the nice balance of comedy and dramatic effects. It is a story on stage dealing with and on the subject of our so-styled Colonial period and is replete with many sensational surprises and a splendid heart interest, which, together with the comedy rounds out the whole and makes the play and the production one of unusual merit. The costuming is credited with being elaborate and the scenic environment stupendous and complete in detail. Messrs. Lester and Co., promise a cast of unusual excellence with Mr. Wm. L. Roberts and Miss Olive Martin as the features. Lafayette Advertiser 11/23/1901.

More on "At Valley Forge."

 According to report Wm. L. Roberts' Colonial play "At Valley Forge" which will be offered for the first time in this city at Falk's Opera House Dec. 5th has achieved the greatest success of any play yet written by this young author. Mr. Roberts' play is praised for its pure tone, beautiful sentiment and strong natural patriotism. It is drawn from a time when our country was in its infancy, and has to do with a dashing young captain of the Continental forces and the pretty daughter of a Colonel in the services of King George III. The piece possesses a wonderfully tender heart story and as it progresses there is shown the working of a most intricate plot. Messrs. Lester and Co. are reported as having mounted the piece in a most elaborate manner and the cast is entirely in keeping with the excellence of the production and the requirements of the piece itself. The feature parts are in the hands of Mr. Wm. L. and Miss Olive Martin who have made the greatest success of their career in the stellar roles of this play. Lafayette Advertiser 11/23/1901.    



 Thursday, Nov. 28th, is show day at Lafayette.

 We are to have the best tented exhibition that ever visited our city. Gentry Brother's Big Tented Animal Show comes with more trained elephants, ponies, monkeys, dogs and other animals were ever together before. A whole trainload. This the largest show of its kind in the world, and the most interesting exhibition ever witnessed under canvas. The prices for this section of the country have been reduced to suit the times. You can take your whole family for a little money and give them a treat never to be forgotten. Come to town early and see the grand free street parade, over one half mile long, given precisely at 11 o'clock. Free elephant and pony rides given to all children. Two exhibitions daily, rain or shine, under our perfectly waterproof tent. remember the date. Thursday Nov. 28th. Lafayette Advertiser 11/23/1901.

School Lands.

 In another column of the Advertiser may be seen the announcement of the Parish Treasurer, in which he offers for lease for a term of four years three section of school lands containing about 2,000 acres. The land was advertised for lease last week but on account of its not having been advertised according to the requirements of the law the committee appointed to attend to the matter acting on the advise of an attorney decided to re-advertise. Lafayette Advertiser 11/23/1901.

Women's Literary Club.

 The Women's Literary Club met with Mrs. Baxter Clegg on last Saturday evening, and carried out a very interesting program. Three new members were added to the club at the meeting, and now the club has nearly reached the limit, with is 25. At the close of the exercises a dainty lunch was served by the hostess. The club will meet with Mrs. C. K. Darling Nov. 30. Lafayette Advertiser 11/23/1901.


 Mr. Sosthene Martin and Miss Carmen Mouton were married at the Catholic church on Thursday evening at 4 o'clock, Father Baulard officiating . Miss Mouton is the charming daughter of Mr. Edmond Mouton and Mr. Martin is a young business man of Lafayette. To both The Advertiser offers best wishes for a long life full of success and happiness. Lafayette Advertiser 11/23/1901.

 Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 11/23/1901.

 Dr. and Mrs. Thos. B. Hopkins after a short visit to their daughters in Greenville, Texas, returned home Sunday.

 Mr. Sidney Veazey has decided to replace his stable which was burned, and will begin work at once. The lumber has already been ordered.

 Prof. Robt. F. Broussard has resigned his position as principal of the Pilette school, and has accepted employment with the Waters Pierce Oil Co.

 Don't miss the Ball on the 27th, at Falk's Opera House given under the auspices of the newly organized brass band.

 A short Thanksgiving program will be given at the High School on Wednesday Nov. 28, at 1:30 p. m. The patrons and friends of the school are invited to be present.

 Mr. Felix Mouton presented us with a handsome calendar from the Equitable Life Insurance Co., for which company Parkerson and Mouton are agents.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/23/1901.




 From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 23rd, 1889:


 Last Tuesday morning our community was shocked by the news of a horrible accident causing the death of a most estimable young man, Mr. John J. Younger. Mr. Y0unger was twenty-two years of age, and came to Lafayette from Evergreen, in Avoyelles parish, (where his father resides), just one year ago. He secured employment here on the Southern Pacific Railroad, and has worked steadily in that position since. Last Monday he left on return trip from Cheneyville to Lafayette, as front brakeman on the mixed train in charge of conductor Chas. H. Lusted. About 9:30 p. m., after the train had left Carencro, he went back over the train to get his dinner bucket and it forward to the engine. Mr. John Johnson, the middle brakeman, relates how the accident occurred. He was sitting near the rear end of a car about the middle of the train, and noticed Johnny returning. He walked up deliberately, with lamp in one and bucket in the other, and stepped for the car on which he (Johnson) was seated. He missed the roof several inches, plunged forward against the rear of the car, rebounded onto the drawhead and then beneath the wheels. He must have been altogether unconscious before he struck the rail, and his terrible death was painless. When his comrades reached his remains it was found that owing to the number of wheels that rolled and lacerated his body, from the hips down was shapeless mangled flesh and bone. The accident occurred at Mouton's switch, about four miles from here. The most plausible theory upon which to account for the accident is, that the train was "catching up the slack," and just as Johnny stepped for the car it was jerked forward six or eight inches. The body was brought to Lafayette and tenderly cared for and prepared for and prepared for the "last said rites" by his former associates. Tuesday it was taken to Evergreen and buried in the family graveyard. Johnny was a young man with every promise of a long, useful and happy life. He was sober, industrious and economical, and had saved enough of his hard earnings to buy for himself a small farm near his old home. His cheerful and genial disposition speedily won for him many warm friends here of both sexes. As a railroad man, he was energetic and ambitious to learn, and had the confidence and esteem of his superior officers. As a companion and friend he was generous and steadfast, and the sad faces of the railroad boys when his fate is mentioned tell swifter than words how deeply his loss is felt. He leaves a sister living in Lafayette, the wife of Mr. F. C. Triay, to whom we extend our sympathy. Lafayette Advertiser 11/23/1889.

 Resurveying Pecan Island.

 United States Deputy Surveyor Geo. O. Elms, of Opelousas, La., accompanied by his son Charles J. W. Rhorer, W. C. Satterly, Wilson Eves and Frank Fontenot, passed through Lafayette last Sunday en route to Pecan Island, where Mr. Elms has a contract to resurvey the Island for the United States Government. Lafayette Advertiser 11/23/1889.

 Heavy Frost.

 Monday we had a heavy frost and ice; Tuesday there was a still heavier frost and more ice, followed Wednesday by a drenching rain which was the hardest shower we have seen in a long time. There is no scarcity of water in the ponds and coulees now, and the stock are further benefited by the rapid growth of vegetation by the warm rain. Lafayette Advertiser 11/23/1889.

 Refitting Castille Hotel.

 The Advertiser had a pleasant call last Wednesday morning from Mr. Alfred Voorhies, late of St. Martinville, who has come to reside in our midst. He has leased the hotel on the corner of Madison and Vermilion streets, known as the "Castille Hotel," which he has fitted up and renovated and will keep in first class style. We wish him success. Lafayette Advertiser 11/23/1889.

Ball in Broussardville.

 We hear nothing but praise of the ball given by the young men of Broussardville last Sunday night. Many young people from Lafayette were in attendance, among them the following young ladies; Misses Martha Mouton, Maydelle Irvine, Mimie Cornay and Zerelda Bailey. These young ladies express the kindest thoughts for the many courtesies and attentions shown them during their delightful visit. Lafayette Advertiser 11/23/1889.

 Caffery Place Sold.

 Mr. Frederick F. Myles, of New Orleans, has purchased from Mrs. J. J. Caffery her place on the Vermilion Bayou, near town. The purchase price was $3,000. We hear that the purchaser will forthwith make substantial improvements on the place, such as repairing the dwelling-house building, outhouses, etc. We hear also that Mr. Myles will not live here, but proposes to make his purchase a sort of "shooting-box" and general headquarters for sportsmen. He has already on the place a number of fine dogs with a professional trainer in charge. Lafayette Advertiser 11/23/1889.

Postmasters Appointed.

 A Washington dispatch, of the 18th inst., brings intelligence of the appointment of the following postmasters in Lafayette parish:  "P. Demanade, at Lafayette, vice S. F. Simpson, removed; D. Bonnemaison, at Youngsville, vice H. Theald, removed." Mr. Simpson has made a prompt and efficient postmaster, and although his removal by the new administration is a matter of course, there is a general feeling of regret in the community at parting with him in his official capacity. Mr. Demanade is one of our enterprising and successful merchants and will no doubt conduct the office with that ability and urbanity of which he is so well capable. Lafayette Advertiser 11/23/1889.

 An Omen?

 Heretofore we have never been a firm believer in omens, nor are the legal fraternity as a rule given to superstition; but experiences frequently upsets theories, and here follows some very upsetting experience. Last Saturday evening, late Judge Voorhies and Judge Marks, of New Orleans, and Chas. D. Caffery, Esq., who had been attending court at Abbeville, started for Lafayette in one of Col. Vigneaux's hacks driven by one "Jean-Bapt.", an experienced colored Jehu. Just out of Abbeville they met in the road a black cat with three kittens. Jean-Bapt, immediately drew a long face and remarked, "You see dem cats! Dat's a bad sign; we is g'wine to have trouble, sure, befo' we gits to Lafayette." He was laughed at for his superstition, and the journey was gayly pursued. The night grew to be very dark, but they got very smoothly until within about ten miles of Lafayette. Here they had been repairing the road, and had dug a large ditch across it. Not having time to build a bridge across it, a way had been opened around the end of the ditch. They didn't notice it. Judge Voorhies had just set down the bottle - of superior Abbeville water, and lighted a cigar, when - s-c-r-u-n-ch!  kerfl-0-p-! - and the scene changed. The first to break the silence was Jean-Bapt., who sticking up his head out of the ditch, like a terrapin in a pond, exclaimed, "Dar! didn't I told you so!" Mr. Caffery rolled over and said he felt very sick. Judge Marks sat up and remarked that he hadn't felt so funny since he had the yellow fever in 1867. Judge Voorhies didn't say anything, just then; he was rubbing and ruminating. They left the hack right there, and taking the horses walked three miles to a gentleman's house where they were fortunate enough to procure a wagon. Hitching the horses to it, and laying a couple of fence pieux across for seats, they made another break for home, Judge Voorhies and Marks occupying one pieux. But the spectre of the "black cat and three kittens" followed them still. After traveling about a mile the pieux on which the two judges sat, probably overcome by "its weight of woe," broke suddenly and the two judges sat down violently on the floor. Judge Voorhies says that never in his life, not even when sitting on the beach sentencing a criminal, did he feel so stern as he did just then? The party finally reached Lafayette two hours and seventeen minutes behind time, and presenting very much the appearance of a lot of ripe persimmons that had fallen from a great height. Lafayette Advertiser 11/23/1889.

  Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 11/23/1889.

 Judge C. H. Mouton, editor of the St. Martin Reveille, was in town last Tuesday and favored us with a call.

 The Broussardville Farmers' Alliance will give a grand ball at St. Julien's hall, on December 7th, 1889. Watch for their posters!

 Last Wednesday we were pleased to meet our esteemed friend Capt. J. T. Dowdell, who has returned to Lafayette, bringing his family with him. They will make this their home for several months. We extend them a hearty welcome.......




 From the Lafayette Advertiser from November 23, 1909:            


  At Primary School Held Friday and Quite a Number Attended - Will Meet Monthly.                                                               

    In response to invitations sent out by the teachers, quite a number of mothers met at the Primary school last Friday afternoon and visited the several rooms to observe the regular work of the children.

 After dismissal there was a short informal meeting for the purpose of discussing such subjects as concern home and school life of children.

 Mrs. Davis spoke upon the subject of "The Mother's Part in the School Life of the Child," and Mr. Jones on "The Benefit derived from Parents Visiting the School."

 It was decided to hold these meetings on the first Friday of each month and all patrons of the school are invited to attend.

 Try our fresh candies in plain and fancy boxes. Lafayette Drug Store.

 Saturday night Mr. Leo Judice gave a most enjoyable stag party and supper in honor of his brother-in-law, E. H. Ferguson, of Richmond, Va., who is visiting him, at his lovely home in Scott. Those present were: Supt. E. E. Shackford, Maj. P. L. DeClouet, Dr. N. P. Moss, F. V. Morton, J. C. Nickerson, Crow Girard, S. B. Parkerson, J. J. Davidson, Dr. T. B. Hopkins, C. D. Caffery, Dr. E. L. Stephens, C. O. Mouton, Dr. L. A. Prejean, Luke Leblanc, Geo. Leblanc, F. E. Davis, R. C. Watkins, J. L. Kennedy, Dr. F. E. Girard and Mr. Steckler of New Orleans.


 Interesting and Instructive Talks by Messrs. Carlson, Jones and Dickerson and Miss Wilson.                                                                                                                             

  Christmas Holidays Begin Dec. 23 and End Jan. 2 - Next Institute Early in December.

 The first regular parish teachers' institute for the school session of 1909-10 was held in the auditorium of the high school building last Saturday. The institute was called to order by Superintendent Wright promptly at 10:30 a. m. with more than fifty teachers present.

 During the forenoon Mr. Carlson of the Lafayette High School gave a very instructive and interesting talk on the future value of the organization of corn clubs in Louisiana after which Mr. E. W. Jones, principal of the primary school in this city, discussed the state course of study very thoroughly, going into several topics somewhat in detail. He advised the teachers to secure a copy of the course of study, which has been issued by the state department of education, and urged them to study the course closely and thus prepare to carry it out to the letter as nearly as local conditions will permit. He showed how by properly alternating the work in some of the subjects, considerable more work can be accomplished in the ungraded school than is generally done, stating that alternation must be studied by each teacher with special reference to the conditions that exist in her school when she takes charge next Monday.

 Superintendent Wright had a number of the state courses of study on hand and distributed them among the new teachers who are to begin their school work in the rural schools on Monday.

 Adjournment was declared at 12 until 1:15 p. m. at which time Mr. R. L. Dickerson, principal of the Carencro High School, gave an interesting talk on "Nature Study in the Public Schools." Mr. Dickerson emphasized the fact that much of the school work in the public schools of today is necessarily ineffective on account of the unnatural conditions and environments of the schools and the children - on account of the fact that there is too much bookishness in our system and too much that is false or unnatural. He said that even when we attempt to teach a lesson in nature the teacher teaches from a book about an elephant, a whale or the mountains of Europe - something foreign to both child and teacher - rather than teach the plants, the trees, the bugs and bees.

 The last number of the regular program was a practical talk on the teaching of singing in the lower grades, by Miss Maud E. Wilson, teacher of singing and drawing in the Lafayette schools. Miss Wilson is graduate of the Thomas Normal Training School, Detroit, and she showed by her talk that she understands well what the teacher of singing should do. She illustrated her theory by teaching the teachers a song by rote just as she would have taught a class of children.

 Superintendent Wright announced that all the schools of the parish will be closed next Thursday for Thanksgiving, and that the Christmas holidays will begin Dec. 23 and end Jan. 2, and that the time thus lost will be made up at the end of the session. He also announced that the next institute will be held early December and for two days instead of one as usual.

 Other announcements were made and direction given especially for the benefit of the rural teachers who will begin their work next Monday.

  Ask your grocer for a sack of Prince or Anroramo flour.

Wanted - Sweet Potatoes. The Compress is in the market for an unlimited quantity of genuine yellow yama and for a very limited quantity of Queen of the South.  Lafayette Advertiser 11/23/1909.


 Enrollment Has Reached 270 - Actual Attendance 250 - Public Invited to Visit School.


 Students Raise Money for Cadet Band and Foot Ball Suits - Holiday Thanksgiving.

 The first two months of this session at the Industrial Institute have been the most successful thus far in the history of the school. The enrollment of students has reached nearly 270, and the actual average attendance has been over 250 students in class as shown by the number of reports sent to parents at the end of each month. This has been one-third better than for the same period of last session, and a continuance of the same rate will bring the attendance for the session up to nearly 400 by the end of the school year.

  As many improvements have been made on the grounds and in the general work of the school since last session, it has been decided to announce a special invitation to patrons and friends of the school to come out and visit the Institute tomorrow, Wednesday, morning. The entire public is cordially invited to come out for the occasion. There will be no special program, the object being to show just what is done every day in the regular schedule. The various classes visited will not be disturbed or interrupted by the visitors, but will go right along with their lessons or work they are doing, whatever it may be. The best time to come will be at the hour, 8:40 a. m., and stay as long as possible. At the lunch hour on that day school will be dismissed for the Thanksgiving holidays, and many of the boarding students will visit their homes, returning in time for school next Monday morning, Nov. 29.

 There is excellent school spirit at the Institute this year, which has been evidenced in a number of ways. As an instance, the leader of the brass band announced two weeks ago that the band needs a new bass horn, which will cost about $35, and; without making any noise about it at all, Mr. Sidney Voorhies, business manager of The Vermilion and also captain of one of the cadet companies, solicited and received subscriptions of $10.65 in cash from the boys of his company alone ; and the girls, under the leadership of of Miss Rita Breaux, also without noise, got up an excellent benefit program as a joint matter between the two literary societies and took in over $21.00 for the same cause last Saturday night, bringing the total subscriptions, with a little additional assistance, up to #35. Another example of more than $70 to buy a set of new foot ball suits for the foot ball team. The suits have just come and the boys put them on Monday morning for the first time. They are going to get them soiled some at Natchitoches on Thanksgiving Day, where they are to play the State Normal School team, but they expect to come back next day with the Normal's scalp.

 One of the new features of the monthly reports this session is to be a record of the heights and weights of the students showing their growth. The weights of the boarding students already show an average increase in one month of nearly five pounds per student. They will all be looking well and satisfactory to their parents when they go home for the Thanksgiving turkey. There has been very little sickness of any sort among the students, and their attendance and their class work has been the best ever shown on the Institute records for a like period.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/23/1909.

Telephone Talk No. 4  

Our subscribers and patrons will please bear in mind that this Company is looking after their wants and needs regarding their telephone service and spares neither expense nor time in making it as efficient as possible. We are at all times day or night striving to serve you, and we request that you fully co-operate with us in getting proper service. There are many ways in which you may co-operate with us to our mutual advantage. A few of which we mention below:

 Answer your calls promptly.

 Hang up the receiver immediately when through talking.

 Speak with the lips close to the transmitter in a distinct and clear voice.

 Treat the operator courteously.


 Lafayette Advertiser 11/23/1909.


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