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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.
From the Lafayette Advertiser from November 25th, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 25th, 1893:
No Half-Rate Admission at Sells Brothers' United Shows.
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.
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.
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.