From the Lafayette Advertiser from November 25th, 1903:
CHARGES AGAINST SCHOOL BOARD ANSWERED.
Special Meeting Held - Charges Against The Board and Superintendent Fully Answered.
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. 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 school house 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 lunches 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 hygienic principles, that the rule was the only means of providing necessary fresh air for the pupils and was to be highly recommended. It is much better to eat in pure un-defiled 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 reflects 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 of 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 statements 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 his 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 too 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 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 had 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 captious 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 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 school funds show a faithful accounting for every dollar of the funds honestly utilized in the common sense way which recognized 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 the 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 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.
Gentlemen - 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 criticised 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 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 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 the 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 of 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 a half, thereby taking two half to do what should be done in one half year? Gentlemen, is that justice to any American child?
It was with no intention of setting aside the authority of the State, no idea or 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 of 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 improved cultivator, mower, and thrasher instead of doing the same work by hand; that Lafayette Parish has in using road machines instead of working here roads by hand as was don 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 that we use the railroads, telegraph and telephone for sending messages instead of by the 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 PARISH 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 the 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 plan of enlarging and improving the efficiency of the schools. I reasoned that if the State Board has 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 present time there has been but one solitary complaint made, and that one by Capt. J. C. Buchanan.
I present these courses 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 the show that at no time have I believed 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 ave 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 with 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 and 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 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 year ago, have placed 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 the 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 school-houses 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 Advertiser 11/25/1903.
Confidence Gives Best Results.
When Capt. Buchanan charged the School Board with not administering the school funds economically and Supt. Alleman with gross violations of the law before the Police Jury, which charges were subsequently published as part of the proceedings of that body. The Advertiser refrained from comment knowing that there are always two sides to a question, and that owing to the very serious nature of the charges, we could not in justice to the Board and Supt. Alleman say anything until they took official notice of the charges, which they necessarily had to do at once.
Last Thursday the Board met in special session for this purpose, with Supt. Alleman and Prof. Avery present. Capt. Buchanan and Mr. B. Coronna were also present to formally present their complaints and charges. A careful perusal of the proceedings printed in another column will give their information will give full information as to what took place at the meeting.
As will be seen, Mr. Coronna made a number of charges, all of which were readily and easily shown to be without any foundation. The only one of his charges that deserves special notice on our part is when he charged the teachers at the High School with forced a sick child to leave the class room and go out of doors. We confess to an amazing surprise that he should seriously have made a charge of inhumanity against such a body of teachers as are at the High School. Certainly the young ladies are just as kind hearted, just as humane, just as considerate of the children as any person in Lafayette, and we think we can emphatically say the same of Prof. Avery.
We can find no excuse for the charge, save one that often has given teachers an annoyance, and hindered their work in the school room, frequently destroying conscientious and laudable efforts to do the best for the children under their care - and that is the proneness of parents to listen to and believe things derogatory to teachers. Instead of taking the teacher's part, of upholding his or her authority, many take just the opposite stand, and still expect the best results. Tales will come to the ears of parents, that is expected, and it would be remarkable if they did not; but there is no use to male the children and the public a party in such matters. All that is needed is a talk with the teachers, and there will be no difficulty in straightening out any misunderstandings or misconceptions.
As to Capt. Buchanan's charges, we have nothing to say. We simply refer our readers to the proceedings of the Board last Thursday in another column, in which the charges are fully answered.
The Advertiser, as an earnest friend and well-wisher of the schools, deplores these, as they have proven, mistaken complaints and charges. We are convinced that all this publicity has been entirely unnecessary. It is perfectly right for any patron to complain if anything is going in the schools, of which he does not approve; in fact, it is his duty and privilege. But the proper place is to complain to the teachers and they will always willingly meet the patrons, not half way, but three-quarters. However, there may be times when the teacher and patron may not agree, if such should be the case; wouldn't common sense suggest that the patron defer to the opinion of the teacher; certainly he should know more about the education of a child and the discipline of a school than the patron.
What is needed is confidence. We have a fine corps of teachers in Lafayette as can be found in any part of Louisiana, just as competent, just as humane, just as honest, just as conscientious; and they not only DESERVE, but are ENTITLED to our confidence and respect.
The words we have just penned are in simple justice to the men and women who are directing the education of our youth, and if we want them to give to our children as largely and freely as their worth and ability affords, then let us, for the sake of the children, give them our aid, our encouragement and appreciation, and join heart and hand with them in the noble work they are doing. Lafayette Advertiser 11/25/1903.
300 acres of land half mile from Scott with dwelling house, 2 barns, 4 cabins, 15 acres of cane, 6 teams and implements, 50 head of cattle, and corn and hay sufficient to make crop.
Also For Sale. - Two-story house, office, servant house, and stable, lot 250 x 500 feet, on Lafayette street in the town of Lafayette. For particulars apply to
Lafayette Advertiser 11/25/1903.
Plenty of Time. - Postmaster Domengeaux is a busy man these days; but he has plenty of time; in fact, a clock full of it, and a regulator clock at that. He isn't selfish about his time, he is willing to share it with everybody, that's why he placed the clock on the wall. Step in and help yourself -- to the time of day. Lafayette Advertiser 11/25/1903.
Arrived on Fire. - Monday a car of cotton, part of a freight which had just pulled in, was discovered to be on fire. It was quickly extinguished. Lafayette Advertiser 11/25/1903.
Death of Capt. Pharr. - Capt. Pharr, a prominent planter and lumberman, who was at one time a candidate for governor of Louisiana, died at his home in Berwick Saturday night. Capt. Pharr was well known in Lafayette and was the uncle of Misses Lola, Mary and Hertie Pharr, and Mrs. Wm. Walker, of this place, and Mrs. M. R. Cushman, of Abbeville.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/25/1903.
Leg Broken. - Mr. Chas. Montgomery happened to an unfortunate accident Saturday. As he was returning home from town his horse became frightened and ran. As one of the lines broke, Mr. Montgomery lost control of the horse, which finally overturned the buggy, throwing him out and breaking his leg. At last accounts he was resting as comfortably as could be expected. Lafayette Advertiser 11/25/1903
A New Building. - Gen. Doucet, who recently purchased the lot next to the Post-office, began the erection Monday of handsome brick store 25 x 60, into which he will move his drug store as soon as completed. J. A. Vandyke has the contract. Lafayette Advertiser 11/25/1903.
THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT.
Take care of the pennies and the dollars will take car of themselves is an old saying with more applications than one. It is the little things that count and make up the sum of life. This is especially true of the industrial world. It isn't the big factory or the large corporation that constitutes the strength of the community, the business life is too dependent upon its success or failure but it is the small industries that give soundness and stability, and these are the kind that should be cherished.
In small towns possessing no industries, the temptation to reach out after some large manufacturing concern is great, quick and rapid growth is what is wanted, and when secured, is too frequently obtained at an excessive price. Small things should not be despised, they are the foundation built upon the rock, upon which mighty superstructures are reared. To a fostering care of their small industries many a northern town owes its size and prosperity.
We of the South are but beginners in the art of manufacturing, and it needs that we begin modestly, for our capital is limited. We can not depend on outside capital, we must work out our own destiny with energy and perseverance and a close attention to the little things. We can solve the problem, for the raw material is all about us, and it requires only that intelligent use be made of them.
Lafayette is particularly fortunate as to its situation in the heart of the cotton and cane region of Southwest Louisiana, with an immense quantity of valuable timber within easy access. The material is here and needs but the enterprise to use it. An extensive cotton factory is possibly beyond our reach; but a small factory to turn out some cotton products is not. Surely there is capital here to begin in a small way the manufacture of articles for farm use; such as, hoe handles, axe handles etc. Could we have an active business men's league to consider and investigate just such matters as these, it would not be long before some tangible results would be manifest. In our desire for big things we are prone to overlook what is at hand and possible, Lafayette is growing, and some of us are content not to move too fast; but if our progressive men would come to the front, and make it a business to investigate along every line that meant growth, there would soon be a gratifying change.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/25/1903.
Fire at Scott.
Thirty-four bales of cotton were burned at Scott Wednesday. There were thirty-five on the depot platform, but one was saved. The fire is supposed to have originated from a spark from a passing engine. The flames raged fiercely, and for a while the depot was in great danger. It was only by the heroic efforts of the people of Scott, even ladies assisted, that it was saved. An engine was sent from here to aid in extinguishing the fire. The cotton was the property of A. Judice & Son; but had been delivered to the rail road, which will probably be the loser.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/25/1903.
Mr. Leon Lagneaux and Miss Felicie Pierret were married at St. John's church Saturday, Nov. 21, at eleven a. m. Rev. Crozier officiating. Mr. and Mrs. Lagneaux left on the noon train for the city on their way to Europe on a bridal trip. They expect to be away about four months, when they will return and make their home in Lafayette. The Advertiser wishes them bon voyage. Lafayette Advertiser 11/25/1903.
A Decided Success.
The Breaux Bridge Fair Saturday and Sunday was a big success, and as a first effort reflects great credit upon the people of that town. A large number of people were in attendance, many of them from Lafayette. There was an interesting parade Saturday afternoon with some eight or ten floats. The floats were tastefully decorated and attracted much attention. The South Western Louisiana Industrial Institute had a float showing articles from the workshop and different departments of the school arranged very attractively. The different exhibits were shown in a large hall. Farm products of various kinds, fancy work, school work, numerous specimens of hand-work, and many interesting heirlooms and relics were displayed. The Lafayette Public schools had a fine exhibit of basketry done by the school children, which caused much favorable comment. The exhibits were decidedly interesting and well repaid a visit. We think the people of Breaux Bridge may well feel proud of this fair, their first attempt, and invite us to visit another one next year. Lafayette Gazette 11/25/1903.
Messrs. J. C. Buchanan, John Whittington and Alonzo Lacy have been appointed by President Billeaud to represent the Police Jury at the Boll Weevil Convention to be held in New Orleans, Nov. 30. Lafayette Gazette 11/25/1903.
Chas. Harnisch Hurt.
The friends of Mr. Chas. Harnish will regret to learn that he happened to a very painful accident Saturday. He was thrown from the caboose by a sudden jar of the car and falling struck on his side, injuring it badly. Lafayette Gazette 11/25/1903.
A nice program appropriate to Thanksgiving has been prepared by the children of the Primary and High schools and will be presented to-day at 2 o'clock p. m. Parents and friends are cordially invited to be present. Lafayette Gazette 11/25/1903.
Mr. Chas. Montgomery happened to an unfortunate accident Saturday. As he was returning home from town his horse became frightened, and ran. As one of the lines broke, Mr. Montgomery lost control of the horse, which finally overturned the buggy, throwing him out and breaking his leg. At last accounts he was resting as comfortably as could be expected. Lafayette Advertiser 11/25/1903.
News From Carencro.
Since the last cold change in the weather one of our friends contemplates running corridors through all of his windows; it would look nicely, no doubt; but be careful how you do it, Ned, as one of your neighbors has a patent on the same thing.
The Red Men's ball was largely attended and proved to be success in every respect, and your correspondent had her share of everything, and am ready for another; the crowd was too large to mention any names.
Prof. Young informs us that he will enter the following named, of his pupils, in the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute in January, as he considers it a school second to none in the South: Daisy Broussard, Tarleton Lessley, Edward Alleman, Seymour Dupuis, Claude Broussard and Joseph Breaux, Prof. Young and Miss Swett deserve great credit for the manner in which they are conducting the public school. Can any other school in the parish send material to the Industrial? If so speak out, and name the pupils.
Clarence Boudier, of Patterson, has charge of the sugar department at our refinery.
The Carencro Hunting Club expended a great deal of time and ammunition perambulating over the country last Wednesday; but was amply rewarded, as they bagged any amount of different game, and on Thursday they gave a big dinner at the residence of Father Grimeaud in honor of Father Leval, of New Orleans. Simonet says he caught a sculpin and put it in his pocket, but it was not the shape one.
Misses May Flournoy and Daisy Woods, of New Orleans, will visit friends and relatives in Lafayette next week, and will call on their uncle in Carencro, who will take pleasure in showing them the finest country in the South; come on, girls, while cotton picking and sugar making is going on.
Miss Josie Courtney was again visiting in Lafayette last week. If your correspondent can get off, she'll be there, for it seems Lafayette is the place to go.
(Signed) XENOPHON, Carencro Correspondent to The Advertiser.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/25/1903.
Encourage Small Industries.
The way for a town to grow and prosper is to encourage its small industries. The merchants should patronize them, and the people should demand their products. A small difference in price, if the article is good, should not give outside a preference, for they do nothing for the town. Money spent with them goes away, but money spent in your home town circulates and you get a chance to get some of it back. Lafayette Gazette 11/25/1903.
At a meeting of Ascension Church Guild, held in Lafayette on Tuesday Nov. 17, 1903, the following resolutions were adopted:
Inasmuch as God in His all-wise providence, has called unto Himself the soul of our beloved friend, Mrs. J. G. Parkerson, the members of the Guild do resolve,
First. That while deploring deeply the loss to the Guild of its honored member, who has by her untiring zeal and devotion to good works, and consecration to the cause of the Master, left an example of all that is worthy in Christian womanhood, they do submit to the loss with chastened hearts and recognize her work on earth as a power for good to the many who have come within the range of her gentle influence.
Second. That the members of the Guild extend their sympathy to the bereaved husband and the sorrowing children in their great loss.
Third. That a copy of these resolutions be sent to the Lafayette papers for publication, and that a copy be also sent to the family of the deceased.
MRS. WILLIAM CLEGG,
MRS. JOHN NICKERSON,
MRS. T. M. BIOSSAT,
Lafayette Advertiser 11/25/1903.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 11/25/1903.
Mrs. J. Nickerson left Friday for Houston to visit her daughter, Mrs. Darling. She will probably remain ten days.
A nice program appropriate to Thanksgiving has been prepared by the children of the Primary and High schools and will be presented to-day at 2 o'clock p. m. Parents and friends are cordially invited to be present.
Mrs. M. Billeaud, Sr., of Broussard, was in Lafayette Sunday and Monday.
For Rent - Office on Pierce street next to Carter's Studio. Can be finished to suit occupant. Apply to F. F. Carter.
Dr. N. P. Moss and Miss Lizzie Parkerson went to New Orleans Monday and returned Wednesday.
Wade Andrus, returning from New Orleans on his way home to Opelousas, spent Sunday with his sister, Mrs. F. K. Hopkins.
Thanksgiving services will be held at the Episcopal church. Thursday, Nov. 26, at 11 a. m., Rev. C. C. Kramer officiating.
Mmes. A. M. Martin, L. F. Salles, Hector Prejean and Misses Aimee and Agnes Martin were among those who went to Breaux Bridge Sunday.
Miss Madge Scott, of Crowley, is the guest of Miss Aimee Mouton.
W. C. McClellan, supreme deputy of the Benevolent Knights of America, who has been here for some time, succeeded in organizing a lodge, and last Sunday a meeting was held at Martin's Hall for the installation of officers.
Rev. A. C. Smith will hold his farewell service at the Methodist church on next Sunday morning at eleven o'clock. Lafayette Advertiser 11/25/1903.
From the Lafayette Gazette of November 25th, 1899:
Shooting On Board Excursion Train.
On Friday, Nov. 17, a number of the residents of this parish boarded an excursion train for Crowley where they were attracted by the Fourpaugh and Sell Bros' Shows. Those of our people who decided to go to Crowley believed the laws of this State afforded them ample protection and did not think that by making the trip they exposed their own lives and the lives of their wives and children.
The Southern Pacific had announced that the excursion was given to afford an opportunity to the people of this section to see the show at Crowley, and no one thought there was any reason to fear an attack from hoodlums and desperadoes, but subsequent events proved that they were mistaken. When the train whose starting point was Washington or Opelousas, reached Lafayette it was beginning to be made evident that there was a lawless element aboard which was likely to break out at any time. The presence of ladies and children was treated with utter indifference by those who seemed to have come to do all the mischief that they could. Things went on from bad to worse until a point just beyond Duson was reached. There was suddenly heard the report of a pistol-shot; a few seconds later the noise of three or four more shots rang out from one of the cars. People began to feel uneasy lest some friend or relative had been injured by the bullets. From the way people walked and talked it was evident somebody had been hurt. Women and children screamed. Some threatened to jump off the train, others fainted and there was the greatest confusion all along the train. One tall individual with the shape of a kangaroo and the nature of some other brute experienced a savage delight in threatening to shoot any one who passed by on his way to the adjoining car. This fellow loudly claimed the fact that he was from somewhere and that he was a warm member of that community. In the next car there lay on one of the seats the bloody form of Mr. Octave P. Guilbeau, who, upon, further investigation, was found to have been shot in three places and badly bruised on the face and head. Mr. Guilbeau had an ugly wound in the chest above the heart which was bleeding profusely, one in the arm and it seemed as if a bullet had grazed his forehead. Mr. Guilbeau was weak from the loss of blood and had to be carried in the arms of friends. He was taken off the train at Rayne where he received proper treatment at the hands of Drs. Mouton and Webb. Mr. Guilbeau's wife and little daughter were on the train and one can well imagine the heartrending scene which followed when they were told of he condition of Mr. Guilbeau.
We learn from eye-witnesses that the shooting of Mr. Gilbeau was cowardly and wholly unjustifiable and that he was not given a chance to defend himself, but shot down without mercy.
The Gazette believes that this disgraceful affair took place in Lafayette parish and it is hoped that the authorities will take the proper steps to settle the question of jurisdiction as early as practicable and that the whole matter will be thoroughly investigated by the court of either this or Acadia parish.
Affidavits have been made against Carlton Ogden and C. E. Colgin, of Opelousas, who are now in the custody of the sheriff at Crowley, under the charge of having done the shooting. Whether or not they are guilty will be disclosed at the trial. If they are not guilty others are and we hope that whoever they may be, justice will be meted out to the criminals.
Lafayette Gazette 11/25/1899.
Mr. Guilbeau Doing Well. - Before going to press The Gazette telephoned to Rayne to find out the condition of Mr. O. P. Guilbeau, and the reply was very encouraging. Mr. Guilbeau was reported as doing very well. His wounds are healing nicely and it is believed that in a few days he will be able to leave his bed and return to his home.
Lafayette Gazette 11/25/1899.
Concealed Weapons Serious Issue. - The display of pistols on the excursion train, last Friday, is another evidence of the urgent need of some very stringent legislation on the rapidly growing evil of carrying concealed weapons. It is evident that the present law on the subject is inadequate to cope with this great evil. It is a protection to the hoodlums and thugs and places the lives of the law-abiding people at the mercy of the lawless classes. The penalty inflicted is not severe enough to prevent the hoodlum from carrying his revolver while the peaceably inclined citizen, as a rule, does not care to have a weapon on his person. It is a fact that people who are looking for trouble generally carry revolvers while the peace-loving man goes unarmed. But it is coming to the point where everybody feels that he is not safe to venture out without a weapon of some sort. It strikes us that if the carrying of concealed weapons were made a penitentiary offense it would come very near settling this question. The pernicious custom in this country to being armed is responsible for two-thirds of the murders committed. Lafayette Gazette 11/25/1899.
Albert, a son of Arthur Prejean, of the sixth ward, was accidentally shot by a young man named Smolley. We have been unable to learn the particulars of the shooting, but there seems to be no doubt that it was purely accidental. Young Prejean is said to be dangerously wounded. Lafayette Gazette 11/25/1899.
New Arrivals? - W. F. and G. W. Snodgrass, of Carl, Iowa, arrived in Lafayette a few days ago and will very likely permanently remain amongst us. These gentlemen were here a few months ago and being so favorable impressed with this section they decided to return. The Gazette hopes that the Messrs. Snodgrass will make arrangements to settle in Lafayette.
Laf. Gazette 11/25/1899.
Discrimination by Southern Pacific?
Judge O. C. Mouton went to Baton Rouge this week to appear before the Railroad Commission on behalf of the Lafayette Compress and Storage Company. Judge Mouton was joined at Baton Rouge by Mr. Coronna. The purpose of their appearance before the commission was to show that there was no discrimination by the Southern Pacific in favor of Lafayette as against Opelousas. The latter place claimed that the railroad company was guilty of certain discrimination in fixing the freight rates to New Orleans. The Commission has not yet given its decision.
Lafayette Gazette 11/25/1899.
The Gazette is pleased to publish the following correspondence. It is full of sound sense and we think the voters will do well to read it before casting their ballots on December 9:
WHEN YOU HAVE A GOOD OFFICER KEEP HIM.
Lafayette, La., Nov. 20, 1899:
To the Editor of the Lafayette Gazette:
I read your editorial last Saturday about Sheriff Broussard. I think you spoke correctly and wisely. The people of this parish would make a big mistake by defeating Sheriff Broussard. The cause of law and order, as you said, would receive a setback. No officer in this or any other parish has done his duty better than has Sheriff Broussard. I am no politician and never held office in my life and don't think I ever will, but as a citizen of this parish and having a home and a family to protect I wish to be heard on this question.
Sheriff Broussard has been in office some ten or twelve years and during that time has he failed to do his duty? Not once. Has it ever been charged against him that he sympathized with lawlessness? If he had sympathized with the lawless elements of the population, they would surely not be opposing his election as they are doing to-day. Before voting against Mr. Broussard I would ask the law-abiding citizens of this parish to think well. Before voting for somebody else for the office of sheriff I would ask the good citizens of Lafayette to first find out a few things. Let them ascertain if the man they are asked to vote for as Mr. Broussard's successor has any peculiar qualifications which recommend him for the office of sheriff. Without wishing to do him an injustice, I think I can safely say that he can hardly be expected to do as well as Mr. Broussard. He has had no experience which could have qualified him for the office of sheriff, whereas Mr. Broussard is concededly one of the best and most successful executive officers in the State of Louisiana. Giving to Mr. Martin all the credit that his friends claim for him, it is not reasonable to believe that inexperienced as he is, he will fulfill the duties of the sheriff's office as well as Mr. Broussard has since his induction into office. With me the selection of a sheriff is not a question of politics or of personal likes or dislikes. It is, in my opinion, the question of getting the best man for the office. It is a plain, simple question and to settle it we need not study the essays of Thomas Jefferson on political economy nor is it necessary to find out what the Greeks or the Romans would have done under the circumstances. The plain proposition is to get a good man to fill the office of sheriff. We've got that man. Let's keep him. His bitterest political enemies concede that he has been an excellent sheriff, but they do not want him on account of his politics. As for as I am concerned I care not what are his politics. That's his business, not mine. I want to see the laws enforced. I want a man in the sheriff's office who knows how to deal with the criminal classes and whose very name is guaranty of the supremacy of law and order in Lafayette. I want a man who has shown that he is -- as The Gazette puts it -- the relentless foe of disorder and crime. Under his administration the spirit of the lawless has been checked and, as far as is possible, crime has been punished. I take no stock in the rot about rotation in office. I want to see law and order reign supreme in Lafayette and for that reason, if for no other, I will vote for Sheriff Broussard because I know he fills the bill. CITIZEN.
Lafayette Gazette 11/25/1899.
A correspondent of the Weekly Iberian writes the following to his paper:
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Just beyond the above factory is Mr. M. Billeaud's Home Refinery which is a splendidly arranged house, and which is the result of industry and thrift on the part of this gentleman, who began making sugar on a horse mill. He is very ably seconded by his sons, Messrs. Martial Billeaud, Jr., Paul Billeaud and Charles Billeaud, while Mr. Herman Simon has charge of the machinery. Mr. M. Billeaud, Jr., is partner in the firm of Estorge & Billeaud, of Broussard; the father's success is largely due to the vigilance of the sons. Mr. M. Billeaud, Jr., said the only trouble this year is a scarcity of cane and probable continuation of the same next year owing to the freeze. Capacity, 600 tons per day.
The Lafayette Refinery belongs to a corporation managed by Mr. Von Tresckow, while Mr. Denbo looks after the accounts. This is another modern plant most admirably arranged and handled. Its capacity is about 700 tons per day. This factory handles its cane altogether in cars and most of the cane ground there is from adjoining parishes. Our refineries give Louisiana an individuality, a characteristic among the sisterhood of states and are laboring classes. More on the subject may be expected next week. Lafayette Gazette 11/25/1899.
Debaillon & Campbell.
Judge Debaillon and Hon. Wm. Campbell spent the week in Acadia visiting the people of that parish The Gazette is pleased to learn from authentic source that Messrs. Debaillon and Campbell will carry that parish by very large majorities, and as they have little or no opposition in Lafayette their nomination seems to be a foregone conclusion. Lafayette Gazette 11/25/1899.
Beginning to Boil.
The local political pot is beginning to boil just a little bit. The ticket headed by Judge Debaillon is not meeting any serious opposition. The leaders of the antis are, from all accounts, in a state of demoralization and are keeping up the fight for appearances. They seem to recognize the fact that inevitable defeat stares them in the face and no matter how much they may try they cannot conceal the shattered condition to their once buoyant hopes. Lafayette Gazette 11/25/1899.
DR. RANDOLPH AND THE BOARD.
Dr. Randolph, the Alexandria member of the Board of Health, seems to have gotten himself into a peck of trouble by making the statement some time ago that there were several hundred cases of fever in New Orleans and that the official health reports from that city were infinitely more remarkable for what they concealed than for what they revealed. When pinned down to the facts that Dr. Randolph failed to produce evidence substantiating his statement giving us a reason for his failure that there was not a full Board present, Dr. Egan, of Shreveport, being absent. To man up a tree it means that Dr. Randolph is not in possession of the proofs to show that the charges were true, but, under the circumstances, he could hardly be expected to procure them.
The Gazette never believed in making a great hubbub about the fever in New Orleans and even went so far as to advocate the abolishment of all quarantines, but it never for a moment entertained the belief that Dr. Souchon and his colleagues were making any great effort to get truthful reports of cases of fever in New Orleans. Dr. Souchon's reports were unquestionably remarkable documents and were intended to appease the fright of panicky folk out of New Orleans as we are really glad that they succeeded in preventing the employment of unreasonable methods in certain sections of the country. Sensible people all over this State have had enough of this crazy quarantine and no one is likely to make any great protest because the city of New Orleans tried to protect itself in the best way it could.
But when the New Orleans doctors affect to be so outraged over Dr. Randolph's statement and rend the air with virtuous protestations because some one should have dared to question the correctness of health reports they are merely making what is known among the boys as "a grand stand play." There are thousands of people throughout the State who will never be made to believe that the Board's reports gave truthful accounts of the situation in New Orleans, all the pious asseverations of the New Orleans doctors to the contrary notwithstanding. Lafayette Gazette 11/25/1899.
Home Fire Co. Ball.
The boys of Home Fire Company are getting ready for the entertainment and ball which will take place at Falk's hall on Thursday, Dec. 7. The raffle of a handsome piano will come off after the entertainment. Lafayette Gazette 11/25/1899.
Ball at Scott.
The people of Scott request The Gazette to state that they will give a ball on Tuesday, Nov. 28, to raise funds to make the last payment on the church. The ball will be given under the auspices of the Scott Church Association. An invitation is extended to everyone to be present. Lafayette Gazette 11/25/1899.
Appearing Before Railroad Commission.
Judge O. C. Mouton went to Baton Rouge this week to appear before the Railroad Commission on behalf of the Lafayette Compress and Storage Company. Judge Mouton was joined at Baton Rouge by Mr. Coronna. The purpose of their appearance before the commission was to show that there was no discrimination by the Southern Pacific in favor of Lafayette as against Opelousas. The latter place claimed that the railroad company was guilty of certain discriminations in fixing the freight rates to New Orleans. The Commission has not yet given its decision. Lafayette Gazette 11/25/1899.
City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., Nov. 20, 1899. - The regular meeting of the City Council was postponed from Monday, Nov. 6, and held this day with Mayor pro tem F. E. Girard in the chair. Members present: J. O. Mouton, H. Hohorst, C. O. Mouton, Geo. DeBlanc, F. Demanade. Absent: J. E. Martin.
The minutes of last meeting were approved as read:
Moved by J. O. Mouton, seconded by F. Demanade that the finance committee's report be approved as follows:
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The collector has collected and paid into the treasury of taxes, licenses, etc., $281.85. His commission at 4 per cent is $11.27, for which amount the Council should issue warrant in payment to date.
CHAS. O. MOUTON, GEO. A. DEBLANC, Finance Committee.
Moved by Geo. DeBlanc, seconded by H. Hohorst, that collector be paid his per cent commission on collection every month. Motion carried.
The collector was instructed to have all private water plugs closed in case of failure to collect from parties owing for water, and refusing to pay.
Moved by DeBlanc, seconded by J. O. Mouton, that all blank licenses be turned over to finance committee to be cancelled and collector be credited with same.
The following bills were approved:
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There being no further business the Council adjourned.
WM. CAMPBELL, Mayor.
LOUIS LACOSTE, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 11/25/1899.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 25th, 1899:
Last Friday night as the excursion train from Lafayette to Crowley nearly reached Rayne, the occupants of a smoking car were startled by successive loud reports of a pistol fired on Board.
After the smoke had cleared a away it was found that O. P. Guilbeau, a justice of the peace, of Carencro, La, had been shot three times by Carlton Ogden, of Opelousas. The details are very meager as to how it came about. It seems that Mr. Guilbeau was engaged in a heated discussion with a friend of Mr. Ogden, and that the latter one coming up near them, pulled out his pistol and shot Mr. Guilbeau three times, in the arm, in the leg and grazing his forehead.
The wounded man was put off at Rayne and conveyed to a drug store where he received medical attention. Ogden who was accompanied by many of his friends continuing to Crowley to witness the circus performance.
Mrs. Guilbeau and two of his sisters who were on board the train, did not learn of the accident until they nearly reached Crowley.
Mr. Ogden was permitted to see the circus, after which he was arrested by he sheriff.
Quite an excitement was created by this unfortunate affair, and a telegram sent to Mr. Guilbeau's brother at Carencro, brought to Lafayette quite a number of determined men to await the return of the excursion and take possession of the offender. But the news of his capture at Crowley interfered with the arranged program at this end of the line.
Sheriff Broussard went up to Crowley to bring back Ogden, but the authorities refused to deliver the prisoner to him, claiming that the exact location where the shooting took place was not known and that the line between the two parishes was definitely ascertained. It was reported that Mr. Ogden was not in jail, but that by the kindness of sheriff Lyons, of Crowley, he had his freedom.
At last reports Mr. Guilbeau was doing well with a chance for his complete recovery.
There is no doubt that too much "strong water" was freely imbibed by the excursionists as when the train reached Lafayette, it was noticed that many of the crowd were quite boisterous although a number of ladies were on the train.
Negroes who filled a reserved coach also had their fun. As a result of the shooting one of them had one of his ears shot off, and the porter of the train, a colored man, not accustomed to the smell of powder, jumped off his train and came back to Lafayette on a passing freight train.
Of course you can't expect everybody to be brave as Massa George Washeetun or Mass Jackshun.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/25/1899.
Photographer F. F. Carter, narrowly missed being killed last Wednesday night in front of the Advertiser's office. Going home in his cart, he collided with a buggy coming from the opposite direction, his cart turned over and he was thrown under it. Fortunately he escaped with a contusion to his leg.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/25/1899.
LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL
Month of October, 1899.
Moore Biossat, Helen Bell, Maggie Williams, Etta Domengeaux, Oswald Darby, Clemille Bonin, Nannie Buchanan, Annie Bell, Willie Montgomery, Lydia Broussard. Lafayette Advertiser 11/25/1899.
(From our regular Correspondent)
The friends of the Carencro Race Track suffered a disappointment on Nov. 18th, the day fixed for a grand race. Bad weather interfered considerably with their success and prevented a number of visitors from attending.
We have have with the last ten days rain which was much needed; but in consequence of this same rain we are now obliged to travel through mud to reach different parts of town.
Carencro now really needs plank walks from the depot to the church, a good hotel to accommodate the strangers who frequent our town; and we beg pardon of our merchants) stores which will be satisfied with a fair profit and not make that bete noire the freight bill, an excuse for exorbitant prices.
Huron Plantation seems to be a popular place of resort of the gentlemen, a number going out on Sundays on trips of recreation. It will be pleasant when passenger coaches will be placed on the track, so that ladies also may view the wonders of the sugar refinery. Ducks and other game commence now to make their appearance, and our sportsmen are on the lookout for a good bag. The airy creatures must have rather a hard time of it trying to elude the vigilant eyes and steady guns of the Carencro "dead shots."
The many friends of that charming young lady Miss Alix Judice of Lafayette, wish her much happiness in the new life which awaits her as Mrs. Alfred Mouton. The marriage took place in Lafayette on Nov. 16th and was attended by the many friends of the young couple.
Mrs. L. A. Veazey and children accompanied by Mrs. Chas. Heichelheim, have gone on a visit to friends in New Iberia.
(Signed) ON DIT.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/25/1899.
To Our Hon. Police Jury,
Continuing from my last communication I now say: Any man who is living, working or staying the parish, who is not on the assessment roll and not exempt by law but who is liable to do a certain amount of road-work, and who refuses or neglects to do so, for two days after being legally notified by the overseer of the road-beat in which he is living, shall be reported at once by the local overseer to some magistrate, who shall cause the offender to be arrested and brought before him, fined and punished according to by-law to be passed by our Police Jury. Any man who is on the assessment roll as freeholder or householder, who refuses or neglects to do his assessed road-work or pay its equivalent in money to the road overseer shall be returned by the overseer as a delinquent, and the amount charged against him or the land which he occupies as ordinary tax on the property, assessed and collected in the same manner. But parties owing three or four hundred acres or more in one block although it may extend into two or three different road-beats, shall be assessed for road work the same as though it was all in one beat, but they may be allowed to do a portion of the road work in each beat according to the assessed value of each. If the local overseers cannot agree upon the division they shall call upon one or more of the three  division of supervisors to decide the matter and their decision shall be final for that year. All lands non-occupied shall be assessed in the usual way and their road-work assessed the same as if they were occupied. If they neglect to do their road-work, they shall be assessed for 70 or 75 cents per day for each day's work as the Police Jury may direct and charged as the taxes against the land. All lands lying in between any of the regular laid out road-beats and all parties living, working or staying thereon shall be added by the Police Jury to the nearest road-beat or to the one in the opinion of the Jury most needing the work or taxes of such lands.
The duties of appointed officers will be as follows:
The road supervisors of each division when appointed and sworn in shall be a board of arbitrators to decide all unsettled questions and disputes between local road-overseers.
Each supervisor shall within two months after his appointment notify each individual road overseer living in the division that he will on a certain day meet him at an appointed place and they will go together carefully over the beat and see where the work is the most needed, where ditches are to be cut where culverts should be put in, hedges cut down, dirt hauled to fill up low places or turnpikes to be thrown up. Each one taking note of their conclusions. Each road supervisor actually engaged in such service shall be entitled to charge $1.50 per day for his services.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/25/1899.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 11/25/1899.
Mr. Jules Jeanmard bought the Carencro refinery, which is now in fine order.
A. J. Ross' lumber yard is furnished with all kinds of lumber, doors, sash, shingle, etc., and is surprising to see the orders given daily to this new lumber yard.
Mr. Ambroise Mouton went to Crowley last Tuesday on business.
Mrs. H. L. Zike, of Jefferson Island is visiting her parents Mr. and Mrs. Ambroise Mouton.
Mr. P. Krauss left today for New Orleans, to buy his line of Christmas an New Year's goods.
Mr. W. T. Snodgrass with his son and family, of Carl, Iowa, have arrived in Lafayette and will locate here.
Miss E. Castille, formerly one of Opelousas' charming society ladies now of Carencro is one of Lafayette's most welcome visitors. Lafayette Advertiser 11/25/1899.
From the Lafayette Gazette of November 25th, 1893:
A VERY FINE COUNTRY.
From the number of letters of inquiry in regard to the information about lands, it is evident that the tide is ebbing towards our section. Tired of the barren and blizzard stricken northwest, many of its people are turning their eyes toward the South. It is rather by chance that they have heard of this highly favored section, for certainly little systematic effort has ever been put forth to acquaint the outside world with our health-giving climate and highly-productive lands, where the highest cultivation is sure to bring an abundant harvest.
Lafayette parish wants some these intelligent western farmers, and every effort should be made to induce them to come. The Gazette thinks the best plan is to lay before them a truthful statement as to the merits of our health, climate and soil.
In this connection a hasty, imperfect, but reliable statement may not be inappropriate. For the subjoined facts, in the main, we are indebted to one we know to be within the bounds of veracity :
Health. - When a man is looking for a home for his wife and children, his first thought is, will they be happy and healthy. It has been the impression of northern and western people that Louisiana was a very unhealthy place. Here is a comparative report, made some months ago, by the President of the State Board of Health:
Annual morality rate per 1,000.
Vermont ... 15.12
Indiana ... 15.88
Texas ... 15.86
Tennessee ... 15.31
Louisiana ... 15.55
Thus it will be seen that Louisiana is more healthy than Indiana and Texas, and only a small fraction below Vermont and Tennessee. But were we to take Lafayette parish, or southwestern Louisiana, alone, we feel confident the death rate would be much lower. Therefore we say if a place favorable to health, "united to the most agreeable prospects, which are bounded but by the horizon," should be sought after, its research would here be rewarded.
Climate. - The climate is mild and equable - neither too warm or too cold - to be appreciated must be enjoyed. While the sun shines hot in midday in summer, it is always pleasant in the shade, the nights are generally cool. This is caused by the gulf breeze ; which doubtless has much to do in the sanitary condition of our section. The winters except for a few weeks, are exceptionally mild. As we write, on the 21st of November, 1893, the thermometer registers 74 degrees in the shade ; out of doors the sun shines brightly, the air balmy, forcibly recalling a lovely spring day. Up to now we have had less than a half dozen visits from Jack Frost, and no one has as yet reported that he had seen ice.
Schools. - In recent years much interest has been manifested in education, and efforts are continually made to improve our school facilities. Besides the many admirable private institutions, the public schools are many and well conducted. In the town of Lafayette there has recently been erected a two-story High School Building, and besides this a primary grade public school is kept in session. The parish Police Jury, and city council have been very liberal in appropriations. On the score of lack of educational facilities, no one need be deterred from coming here.
Soil. - The soil of this parish is light, loamy, mixed with sand. It rests on a clay subsoil which is rich in plant food. Fields in Lafayette which have been in cultivation for seventy years, principally in corn and cotton, are still fertile. By plowing in a crop of cow peas, the richness of the soil would be perpetual.
Crops. - More attention has been given to cotton, than either cane or rice ; but all three crops flourish fairly well. It has been demonstrated that the soil is particularly adapted to the cultivation of the sugar cane, and as this plant furnishes a (unreadable words) and is more remunerative (unreadable words), it will eventually become the money crop of the parish.
Fruits. - Peaches, pears, plums, figs, grapes, quince, blackberies, may apple, persimmon, may haw, and papaw. Oranges also do well.
Poultry. - This is one of the best parishes in the State for all kinds of domestic fowls. Some families are nearly supported by raising poultry. Fowls are extremely healthy here.
Garden Vegetables. - Grow to great perfection. Any vegetable that succeeds anywhere in the south do as well her as in any other locality.
Yield. - Any one coming here and engaging in cane cultivation would be certain of ample returns from his labor. The following figures represent conditions prevailing to-day :
Rent of 12 acres of land ... $36.00
Cost of seed cane to plant same ... $95.00
Labor and rent of team .. $36.00
Incidentals ... $10.00
Living expenses ... $100.00.
Total ... $271.00
Yield 20 tons to the acre at
$4 25 per ton ... $1,020.00
Net profit on 12 acres ... $749.00
In this table we do not take into consideration the raising of stock feed, garden truck and poultry, which probably might add $100 to the above total.
Price of Lands. - Lands can be bought at from $20 to $50 an acre.
Lafayette Gazette 11/25/1893.
It Would Be Nice. - If the condition of the town treasurer will warrant it, The Gazette thinks a plank walk on either side of the street fronting Mr. Vigneax's livery stable, and extending along the street, in which Mr. Constantin's stable is located, would not only prove a great convenience, but would improve the general view considerably.
Lafayette Gazette 11/25/1893.
Bicycling on Sidewalks. - Bicycling on the sidewalks is a confounded nuisance, and should be abated by the town council. In New Iberia they are relegated to the streets, and that's just their proper place. It is decidedly inconvenient to say the least, for a lady or for that matter any one else, to be annoyed in giving right of way so that Mr. Bicycler can be accommodated. Let the council act.
Lafayette Gazette 11/25/1893
Excessive Charges Claimed. - Complaints loud and deep are daily uttered against what is termed the oppressive charges of the Southern Pacific on freights reaching this point. It is the people's own fault if such a condition of affair exist. A railroad commission in this State, similar to the one in Texas, would keep this monster monopoly within reasonable bounds. No corporation can oppress the people, only with their consent. The remedy is always in their hands - they are sovereign.
Lafayette Gazette 11/25/1893.
In accordance with President Cleveland's proclamation, there will be Thanksgiving service in the Methodist church on the 30th instant at 11 o'clock a. m. All are invited.
Lafayette Gazette 11/25/1893.
Nabbed by Broussard
Sheriff Broussard arrested Solomon Johnson, a desperate and dangerous negro, at Bayou Sale and brought him here Wednesday. Johnson is wanted for stabbing and killing one Gilleen a short time ago. Lafayette Gazette 11/25/1893.
DINNER BELL RINGING.
Bro. Cunningham, of the Rayne Ranger is noting the fact The Gazette is still calling for a refinery in Lafayette, advises to "watch out" less Rayne steps in and reaches "the coveted goal first." With Carencro clamoring for a refinery, Breaux Bridge on the eve of having one, and Rayne "chasseing" around, it behooves the people of this town to bestir themselves, else they'll get left. It is passing strange that a town, so admirably situated, with everything in its favor, should be so slow in moving. This town should have at least a half dozen manufacturing plants in successful operations - the raw material is right at our doors for that purpose.
It is admitted that capital is prerequisite to develop our manifold resources, but is a single step being taken to induce capital to come here? It is about time for the people to realize the fact that they have to take up a big sized move on themselves, get together, and let capital know that it would be warmly welcomed, and given every opportunity to secure itself safely with us, and enjoy the fruits of its investment. When this is done, this town will soon occupy the plane that her situation entitles here to, one of the richest and most prosperous in the State. Lafayette Gazette 11/25/1893.
Nice Children's Party.
A delightful children's party was given at Mr. Lisbony's last Wednesday. The event was to celebrate the 13th birthday and John O. Lisbony, and he was made the recipient of nice presents. Refreshments were served, and the young people expressed themselves has having had a most enjoyable time, and they all, The Gazette included, wish Johnny many more birthdays.
Those present were Misses : Agnes Martin, Aimee Martin, Althea Deffezm Kitty McBride, Edna and Mary Sprole, Leona Matthews, Nita Martin, Feliciana and Dometile Ratcliffe, Estelle Elmer. The boys were : Rosemond Olivier, Rufus Mouton, Chas. Martin, Robert and John Tierney, Moses Plonsky, Nathan Boswell, Conrade Webre, John Cavin, Iphis Deffez, George Pefferkorn, Frank Ledet, Lewis McBride, Sam Plonsky and Davis Church.
Lafayette Gazette 11/25/1893.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 11/25/1893.
Mr. W. A. Wartelle, of Opelousas, father of Mrs. Felix Salles, was in Lafayette for a few days this week.
We understand that Julian Mouton will be a candidate for representative subject to nomination by the Democratic party.
The Gazette was favored with a call the first of the week by Messrs. J. O. Blanchet and R. Domengeaux, of Royville.
Another batch of about 100 of the unemployed westerners drifting southward, passed through Lafayette Tuesday.
Or merchants are all claiming to be doing good business. It is noticeable that many people are circulating in town every day, and that means trade.
We saw a prettily decorated show window in our rambles this week, and as it was seemingly done to attract the attention of the passer-by we'll let the general public do like we did - discover the place.
Our friend Fred Mouton, having finished and delivered over to its owner, the pretty cottage erected by him in St. Martinville, returned home this week, and we are sorry to note, slightly under the weather.
Mrs. A. V. Fleming, wife of St. Martinville's Mayor, and her son Paul, arrived in Lafayette by Wednesday evening's train, and spent a few days in the city the guests of Mrs. Homer Bailey.
Visited the Gazette.
Rev. Father LaForest and Prof. F. C. Latiolais, of Carencro, gave The Gazette a call last Tuesday. We understand they were in the city to see about the arrangements incidental to the theatrical representation that will be given at Falk's Opera House tonight. As the profits are accruing are to go towards the fund that is being raised for the building of a church in Carencro, it is to be hoped that success will crown their efforts. Lafayette Gazette 11/25/1893.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 25th, 1893:
A GALA DAY FOR LAFAYETTE.
Thursday the 23rd instant, was a gala day in Lafayette. The town was alive with thousands of people drawn hither by the great Sells Brothers' United Shows. The menagerie and performances were of a much higher order than that of most traveling shows, a specially interesting feature of the exhibition being the performance of trained seals and sea-lions. The amount of intelligence manifested by these inhabitants of the water was incredible, the seal playing the clown having acted his part to perfection.
As is always the case on such occasions many sharp practices were perpetrated on the public, not the least shrewd one being the advantage taken by the management of the show itself, of the effect of the populace of advertising a reduction in the price of admission from one dollar to fifty cents. Those persons who went to the circus accompanied by several children can best appreciate the force of our remarks. The intention of such an advertisement is undoubtedly, to delude the people into the deduction that if the general admission is fifty cents, then the rule of half rate for children should apply as is usual under similar circumstances. But it did in this case, as adults and children alike were required to pay the full admission fee the only conclusion to be drawn from the lesson being that the experience of Sells Brothers' has taught them to a mathematical certainty that the great proportion of children forming the average audience, makes it a more profitable speculation to charge fifty cents for every ticket sold than to exact a larger fee from adults and make a concession of half-rate to children, hence the great reduction (?) advertised. We live to learn, though. Lafayette Advertiser 11/25/1893.
In accordance with President Cleveland's proclamation, there will be a Thanksgiving service on the 30th inst. at 11 o'clock a. m. in the Methodist church. All are invited.
Married. - The many friends of that charming young lady Miss Alix Judice of Lafayette, wish her much happiness in the new life which awaits her as Mrs. Alfred Mouton. The marriage took place in Lafayette on Nov. 16th. and was attended by the many friends of of the young couple.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/25/1893.
Bit on it. - A Tap brakeman was so busily engaged eating sugar cane a few days ago at the same time that he was making a coupling that he put the piece of cane in the draw head and bit the coupling pin in two before he discovered the mistake. Lafayette Advertiser 11/25/1893.
Lamp Service Complaints. - A number of complaints have reached our ears of late, regarding the neglectful manner in which the public street lamp service has been conducted for some weeks past. The attention of the town authorities is directed to the matter.
Laf. Adv. 11/25/1893.
Telephone to Be Removed. - The Editor of this paper finding that the increase in the business of the telephone office here interferes with other duties is compelled to sever connection with the line. As appears by notice in another column the office will be removed to Mr. John O. Mouton's store near the depot.
Laf. Adv. 11/25/1893.
Fraser Tinning Again. - Mr. Wm. Fraser having resigned the office of Deputy Constable has taken up his trade again as tinner. There is a fine opening in this town for this trade and line of business and it rarely fails that if the tradesman sticks to his trade, the trade will stick to him.
Laf. Adv. 11/25/1893.
Breaux Bridge Railroad. - Readers of the ADVERTISER will no doubt be pleased to learn that the much talked of railroad to Breaux Bridge is an undertaking that is yet receiving the attention of its promoters, and whose accomplishment is still hoped for with the with the co-operation of the people of Lafayette. We shall have more to say on this subject in the near future. Laf. Adv. 11/25/1893.
Mud Holes. - Jefferson street from Vermilion street to Lincoln Ave. contains a number of mud holes which if not attended to soon will present a serious obstacle to traveling. On the principle that "one stitch in time saves nine" the street committee of the town should see to it that this main thoroughfare be placed in prime condition without unnecessary delay. Lafayette Advertiser 11/25/1893.
Notice is hereby given that the office of the Teche and Vermilion Telephone will be removed from The Advertiser office to Mr. John O. Mouton's store near the depot next week.
H. Van der Cruyssen, Agt. T. & V. T. L.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/25/1893.
Moss Bros. Parade Float.
A float on which was displayed of specimen toys and holiday novelties advertising the stock of Moss Bros. & Co., paraded the streets of the town on the day of the circus and attracted a great deal of attention on account of the tasty manner in which it was ornamented. Lafayette Advertiser 11/25/1893.
A Nice Compliment Paid.
"Theoda Menora", published at Theoda, La., pays the following deserved compliment to one of our local business firms :
"But few merchant in the South are as well and favorably known as Moss Brothers and Co,, of Lafayette, La.
This worthy firm; bearing as they do an enviable reputation, are more than enterprising.
The mammoth store, filled with the most complete and assorted stock, is virtually the home of fair dealing.
It will pay you to visit them, or send for what you may need by mail."
It would please the most critical to visit their store - they receive you cordially, have but one price, and to purchase from them would only arouse your anxiety to return and enroll yourself as a regular customer. Lafayette Advertiser 11/25/1893.
The initial number of "Theoda Menora," published at Theoda, La., made its appearance on the 18th instant. It is a six column newspaper of neat typographical demeanor, brisky for a new born and full of promise. The "salutatory" of Theoda Menora possesses the ring, and The Advertiser wished the new candidate in journalism a long career of usefulness and prosperity. Lafayette Advertiser 11/25/1893.
Last Wednesday night a party of gay and festive young people bethought themselves to show their esteem of their young friends Mr. J. Alfred Mouton and wife by serenading them with music and song on the occasion of the anniversary of the birthday of Mrs. Mouton. The affair proved most enjoyable and will long be pleasantly remembered by the participants who were: Misses Nellie and Zerelda Bailey. Haydee and Stella Trahan, Inez Foote, Ada Moss, Isaure Guidry, Lea Gladu and Messrs. Rabul Trahan and Jack Nickerson. Lafayette Advertiser 11/25/1893.
Fred is Back.
We had the pleasure of a call on Tuesday from Mr. Fred Mouton, who has recently returned home after an absence of some time, spent in attending to contracts at St. Martinville. Mr. Mouton has been quite sick, but is now rapidly regaining his strength. Lafayette Advertiser 11/25/1893.
New South Building and Loan Association.
Mr. H. J. Evans, State Agent of the New South Building and Loan Association arrived here yesterday and will remain long enough to give any attention required of him by citizens of Lafayette desiring to join the local branch of the association for the purpose of borrowing or otherwise. Mr. Evans' headquarters are at the People's State Bank, and in his absence the secretary of the branch, Mr. S. R. Parkerson, may be consulted on matters appertaining to the New South B. & L. Association.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/25/1893.
Parts of Stanford Estate Pass Through Lafayette.
On Monday last seven baggage cars passed here going East, containing thorough-bred horses from the ranch of the late Senator Leland Stanford, in California. We regret very much not knowing this at the time they were here, as no doubt there were horses in the lot with national reputations and much interesting information might have been obtained from the attendants. The Stanford ranch in California is one of the largest, most thoroughly improved and most successful stock farms in the country. It is one of the places that is making a name for the racing blood of the Pacific coast, and horses from this ranch are always worth seeing. Lafayette Advertiser 11/25/1893.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 11/25/1893.
Dr. F. W. Courtney was in town on Monday last.
Mr. C. P. Moss, of New Iberia, was in our town on business, recently.
The school board meets to-day at the court house for important business.
Mrs. H. Church returned home Thursday from a visit to relatives in Algiers.
Hon. C. H. Mouton, of St. Martinsville, was in town several days this week.
The Southern Pacific pay-car came through last Wednesday and made everybody happy, once more.
Rev. Robert Hardy, formerly in charge of the Methodist church here was in town during the week.
Mr. F. O. Cornay, assistant railroad agent at Washington, La., visited his relatives here last Sunday.
Mrs. S. T. Givens left on Thursday last to spend the winter in Baltimore with her sister Mrs. Walters.
Mr. E. G. Voorhies and family spent the whole of the last week in St. Martinvillsville, visiting relatives and friends.
Mr. J. P. Nolan, foreman of the Algiers round house, was here during the week in the interest of the Company.
Dr. Homer Chachere, of Leonville, was the guest of his brother Dr. E. J. Chachere, last Wednesday and Thursday.
Mrs. Armand Levy, who has been visiting her parents Mr. and Mrs. B. Falk, left for her home in Lake Charles, Thursday.
Rev. Laforest and Mr. C. F. Latiolais of Carencro were in town on Tuesday last and gave us the pleasure of a call while here.
The family of Mr. F. E. Moss took possession of their new and cosy home (one of the P. B. Roy cottages) last Wednesday.
Thursday, circus day, was a big day for many of our merchants, owing to the great number of people attracted to town by the show.
Miss Maud Young, of Royville, who was reported seriously ill at the beginning of the week, is much improved it gives us the pleasure to say.
Miss Alice Mouton, the daughter of Mr. Ambroise Mouton of Lake Arthur, La., has accepted a position in the Dry Goods and Millinery department of Moss Bros. and Co.
After a spell of severe illness Mr. Alfred Bonnet is again on his feet though considerably worsted by the attack. We trust that for many a day he may be spared such another.
The first section of No. 19 Monday, consisted of seven Palace Horse Cars containing eighty-five head of blooded horses belonging to Widow Beland Stanford en route to New York, the insurance on them being $200,000.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/15/1893.
Negro Ruffianism in the North.
[From the N. O. States.]
Negro Ruffian is increasing so fast in the north as to alarm the white people of that section of the country. The Philadelphia Ledger frankly admits the negro is now furnishing the North with excellent excitement, but not the kind that is desired. In time past "the brother in black" amused the Northerners, but now he is perplexing them sorely, and bids fair to supply them with the gravest problems they have ever been called upon to struggle with. The Ledger notes that the negro has outgrown the sympathy of which he was the object for a number of years after the emancipation. This is due to the fact that the negroes who have found their way to the North where they expected to enjoy all the rights and privileges of the whites have affiliated with and greatly increased the criminal class. Our Philadelphia contemporary remarks that "their crimes are those of violence - often of horror. While they may not exhibit the cunning displayed by depraved white men, they surpass them in ferocity." In commenting on the recent murder of Andrew H. Green, a most estimable and distinguished citizen who originated the Greater New York movement, the Ledger says:
"The death of Andrew H. Green at the hands of a black maniac is the last illustration of the dangers in the midst of which the most inoffensive and honored citizens live. The 'Father of Greater New York" had passed many years in the service of his city and State. He had spent much of his life in political contest, a good part of it in fighting a ring of political criminals -- the Tweed ring. He probably never in all that time had dreamed of fearing for his life. An old man now, he was living in peace with the world, honored by all parties and all men, when the irrational malice of a black ruffian smote him and slew him. The ignoble assassin had no grievance; his act was in obedience to some brutal instinct to slay unintelligible to civilized man.
"The doing to death of Mr. Green was no novel display of black ferocity at work against useful citizens. Just five months ago a Tenderloin negro took position in the Criminal Courts in New York, and when the Superintendent, Mr. Charles S. Macfarlane, and an agent of the Anti-Policy Society entered the building, opened fire on them, killing Mr. Macfarlane and wounding the other, and then surrendered himself with the indifference of a brute satisfied with his meal of blood.
"The effect upon the Northern mind of deeds like this is bound to be profound. There has been up to now a wide difference in the attitude of the two sections of the country toward black men but there is much evidence that the view traditional in the North is changing; that a different temper is forming; that a new disposition as to the treatment most wisely to be accorded the dark-skinned race is being born."
If our Northern friends hope to suppress the ruffianism of the negro they will have to treat him very differently than they have done in the past. They will be compelled to cease coddling and govern him with an iron hand, and it seems that they are beginning to realize the fact. The brutal murder of so distinguished and admirable a man as Mr. Green has shocked, horrified and aroused the indignation of the Northern press, and there is much reason to believe that it will result in a very radical change of Northern sentiment toward the negro. But the negro murderer of Mr. Green will probably escape the punishment he so richly deserves, because it appears that his lawyers are preparing to enter the plea of insanity in his case. It will not be difficult of them to show by the testimony of lying negro witnesses that the father or the mother of the murderer was mentally deranged and that for some time he has been irrational. No doubt the plea of hereditary insanity will be the means of saving him from the electric chair chair.
From the N. O. States and in the Lafayette Advertiser 11/25/1903.
From the Lafayette Advertiser from November 25th, 1910:
1910: THANKSGIVING DAY OBSERVED.
Churches and Schools Enter Into Spirit of National Event and Appropriately Celebrate the Day.
Yesterday was Thanksgiving Day, set apart by the proclamations of the President and the Governor of the State, as the day to render special thanks for all the goodness and mercy of God, to our country and people during the past year. The day, we are glad to say, was more generally observed than ever before, and while information of all the celebrations could not be obtained, note is made of several of the towns and parish.
The Protestant churches of Lafayette united in union services at the Baptist church and a large congregation assembled to participate. In opening the exercises Pastor Kendrick said that himself and people felt particularly thankful as this was the first occasion that services of this character could be observed in their own house of worship. Rev. J. E. Denson preached an eloquent sermon from the text found in Jeremiah 17 - 1, "Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord." The entire dependency of man and the all sufficiency of God were two arguments most impressively presented. The rostrum was appropriately decorated with flowers, fruit and products of field and garden. The following program was rendered: Hymn No. 203; Invocation, Rev. Steward; Solo, Dream of Paradise, Mrs. C. Girard; reading of President's proclamation, Deacon O. B. Hopkins; Scripture reading, 103rd Psalm, Rev. Stewart; Prayer, Rev. Vaughn; Solo, I Walk Alone With God, Miss Agnew; Sermon, Rev. Denson, Collection; Hymn, All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name, Benediction.
The usual Thanksgiving services at St. John's Catholic church were omitted yesterday morning because of Father Teurlings' illness.
Thanksgiving at School.
At the suggestion of Prof. Dickerson and the teachers of the High School, the pupils entered into the true spirit of Thanksgiving Day, by each bringing some substantial contribution to those who might lack in the bounty which has crowned the year. The boys and girls entered into the plan with hearty good will, and "did" things with all their might. Things soon began to appear - barrels of potatoes, sacks of flour, bundles of clothes, coffee, sugar, canned goods, fruit, syrup, preserves, molasses, pumpkins and a list of articles too long to enumerate. Be evening Prof. Dickerson had piled up in his office a great wagon load of packages and bundles, which were all turned over the Home Charity Association for the distribution as might be proper. The ladies of this society have done excellent work for many years in relieving distress and administering to the comfort of the sick and unfortunate in the community, and they know just how to apply all things to the best advantage. The idea of this generous donation was most happily received and carried out in a spirit which is fundamental to our Christian civilization - "Inasmuch as we have done it unto the least of these brethren ye have done it unto me." May the kindly principle taught the children by the this lesson sink into every heart, and as they develop into manhood and womanhood may they always recognize the joyous privilege of lending a helping hand to those around them who may need assistance. The Advertiser compliments the High School faculty and the pupils and trust that they all may live long to keep up the good work.
St. Cecilia's Convent, at Broussard united the feast of St. Cecilia and Thanksgiving in a very devout and patriotic exercise Wednesday evening. Quite an elaborate program was carried out, much to the pleasure and edification of friends and patrons. The event proved highly enjoyable to all present.
Prof. Baquet and his pupils duly observed Thanksgiving with appropriate exercises Wednesday afternoon. The occasion was an entire success in every respect, and we regret not being able to give a more detailed account.
At. Mt. Carmel Academy.
The pupils of Mount Carmel Academy under supervision of Mother Clare and the Sisters carried out instructive and pleasing Thanksgiving program Wednesday afternoon. The children entered enthusiastically into the spirit of the occasion and decorated the rooms of the school very artistically and appropriately.
The following is the program rendered:
Over the River, song ... Boys
Thanksgiving Day, recitation ... C. Tierney
Thankful times, paper ... J. Krauss
See Saw, song ... Juniors
Thanksgiving Day is coming ... Tots
The Gobble, recitation ... A. Tierney Grown up Folks don't care for fun ... Seniors
Thanksgiving Joys, recitation ... D. Landry
The Pilgrims, Character Sketch ... M. Pellerin
The Penny ... Seranton Mouton
What are you Thankful for? ... C. Martin
Thanksgiving Story ... Miss O. Mouton
Thanksgiving Day, chorus ... Kindergarten
Physical Culture Exercises recitation ... C. Bonnet
Thanksgiving at Grandma's .... A. Hebert
Thanksgiving exercises at Scott Public School were very interesting. The children had prepared songs and recitations and the entertained took place in Miss Taylor's room which was appropriately arranged for the occasion to represent the landing of the Pilgrims. Mr. Maraist gave a free account of the first Thanksgiving and why we continue to celebrate; he spoke in French in order that the numerous visitors might understand more fully and also to impress it upon the minds of the little ones who are just learning English. After the entertainment the ladies of the School League served all present with pralines and cakes, free of charge. The League has been doing fine work and much interest manifested. Shades have been bought for all the school windows and every pupil has been given and individual drinking cup. Plans are now being made for a bi Xmas celebration, to which all friends of the school are invited.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/25/1910.