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 From the Lafayette Gazette of November 28th, 1903:

Negroes Playing in a White Opera-House?

A negro minstrel is advertised to play in Falk's opera-house in a few days.

 It is shameful that negro men and women should be allowed to amuse the white people of this parish from the stage. White playhouses should be used exclusively for the white people, and it is unpardonable for the management of Falk's opera-house to allow the use of their ball to negroes.

 It is the only place of amusement of its kind here and has received the liberal support of the people heretofore. The Gazette does not desire to interfere unnecessarily in the business of the owners of the hall, but it feels quite justified in calling the attention of the public to the violation of the proprieties about to be consummated, and suggesting a condemnation of such action by non-attendance. It is useless to argue the gross impropriety of such a custom. 

 A few days ago a baseball game between white and negro players was scheduled to take place in New Orleans, but public opinion forced the promoters to abandon the project. Likewise, a negro show advertised to play in a theatre usually patronized by the white people, was so slimly attended as to compel the management to discontinue the performances.

 The contemplated mixture of the two races should receive such an emphatic "call down" by our people as to render further mention of the disgusting business unnecessary.

Lafayette Gazette 11/28/1903.


 Thelma will come to Falk's opera-house next Tuesday Dec. 1, for one night only, and have for its interpretation a cast that is said to be the best that has been seen in the play during the past two seasons during which the play has been seen the length and breadth of the land. It is a strong story full of dramatic interest. Lafayette Gazette 11/28/1903.

Coming to Falk's Opera House. - The next attraction to be seen at Falk's opera-house will be the staged story that has done so much to increase the great popularity of Marie Corelli. In dramatic form it appeals even more strongly to fiction lovers than it did between the covers of a book. It is essentially a drama, a play of intense scene and telling situation, and for the past two years has been toured all over the land with the most gratifying results. It is a play of the thoroughly satisfying kind, and this season has the best company in its several parts scene yet.
Lafayette Gazette 11/28/1903.

Also Coming To Falk's. - The manager of Falk's opera house announces that the Peruchi-Beldini Co. will play "For liberty and love," a military drama, on Sunday, Nov. 29. Popular prices of 25, 35, and 50c will be charged.  Laf. Gazette 11/28/1903. 


 Mr. Joseph Lacoste and Miss Clara Hebert, daughter of Mr. Alfred Hebert, were married Thursday afternoon at the Catholic church by Rev. Father Crozier. Miss Bertha Hebert attended as the maid of honor and Miss Agnes Breaux as the bridesmaid. The groomsman was Mr. Rousseau Dugas, and the best man, Mr. Richard Mills.

 After the ceremony a reception was held at the bride's home.
Lafayette Gazette 11/28/1903.

To Be Married.

 Mr. B. Levy, of New Orleans, has issued cards announcing the marriage of his daughter, Miss Estherm Mr. Sam'l Levy. The ceremony will take place at the bride's home, 1514 Prytania street, New Orleans, on Dec. 6. Mr. Levy was born and reared in this community and was for a number of years one of its successful business men. His many friends here extend to him the heartiest wishes for a joyful wedded life. Lafayette Gazette 11/28/1903.  


 Mr. Leon Lagneaux and Miss Felicie Pieret were married last Saturday at St. John's Catholic church by Rev. Father Crozier. Mr. Lagneaux is a successful farmer of this parish and his bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lagneaux have left for Parish, and will remain in France for a few months after which they will return here to make their home. Lafayette Gazette 11/28/1903.


An Unfortunate Accident. - Mr. Charles Montgomery had the misfortune of sustaining serious injuries resulting from a runaway last Saturday. He lost control of the horse which he was driving and the buggy overturning, his leg was broken in the fall.
Laf. Gazette 11/28/1903.

The Breaux Bridge Fair.

 The fair held in our enterprising sister town. Breaux Bridge, on last Saturday and Sunday, was quite a success.

 Many of our parishioners were in attendance and report the great success attained by the management.

 The Lafayette public schools and the Industrial Institute sent exhibits of the week work done by their students. Articles from the workshops and laboratories of the Institute were on exhibit. Lafayette Gazette 11/28/1903.

 Arrested on a Serious Charge.

 Luke Harrison and Alex Andrus, two negroes from the Carencro district, were arrested a few days ago by Deputy Sheriff Trahan charged with criminals assault on a negro woman, named Mary Dennis. They were incarcerated in the parish jail. Lafayette Gazette 11/28/1903.

The Booming of Duson.

 Last Tuesday Duson was boomed with all the accompaniments usually attending the building of a new town. Hundreds of people looking for a bargain were present. Free rides on the railroads, and a free lunch had brought many who want to look on, but quite a number of investors took advantage of the opportunity, and the sale of town lots was very brisk.

 Just at present Duson consists simply of a railroad depot, two or three mercantile establishments, and a few residences, but back of it one of the finest agricultural sections in Louisiana, which is ample to maintain a good-sized town.

 Harris, the man who established Midland Junction and other places in Acadia, conducted the sale of the properties belonging to the Crowley-Rayne Realty Company, and Mr. J. R. Davis, who owns a tract of thirteen acres adjoining the railroad track and the main thoroughfare of the embryo town, also sold several lots.

 The Crowley-Rayne Company sold lots for the sum of $3,000.00, the property belonging to them being the plantation originally owned by Judge J. G. Parkerson. The company donated twelve lots, comprising a whole block, to the board of school directors of this parish, whereon a handsome school building will soon be erected.

 Several of the purchasers expressed their intention of building in the near future.

 Everyone present was given a free chance to win a hundred dollar prize, and Mr. Alex. T. Broussard, the police juror from the second ward, was the lucky one.

 Mr. J. R. Davis, the enterprising merchant, had an exhibition in his store of the products of the field and farm raised in the neighborhood, which would have done credit to a parish fair. Lafayette Gazette 11/28/1903.

Thanksgiving at the Primary School.

 An entertaining program was rendered Wednesday afternoon at the Primary School at which many of the parents and friends of the children were in attendance. Lafayette Gazette 11/28/1903.

 Thanksgiving Day Fittingly Observed at Mt. Carmel Academy.

 The pupils of the Mt. Carmel Academy rendered a most pleasing and varied program Thanksgiving morning to a large and appreciative audience. The splendid work of this sterling institution was well evinced by the character of the performance. The patient care, the love-compelling desire to please, was shown in the work of each pupil, who reflected the abilities and accomplishments of the worthy teachers.

 The whole affair was enjoyed by all from beginning to end.

 The following was the program:

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      (Signed)  A. FRIEND.
Lafayette Gazette 11/28/1903.


 Communication From Capt. J. C. Buchanan.

        Lafayette, La., Nov. 25, 1903.
  Mr. Editor, - Will you please give place to the following in your next issue of The Lafayette Gazette:

 The parish school board at a special meeting on Nov. 19, passed some resolutions not very complimentary to me, and ordered publication of statements of the information of the public. I submit that six members of the school board, the superintendent of schools, and the principal of the High School, is a tough proposition for one man to tackle; but believing that I am right, and that the aforementioned individuals are not a law unto themselves, I ask the public to carefully read their proceedings, and see if they have disproved against the superintendent of public schools of this parish. Some of the gentlemen were profuse in throwing bouquets at each other ;  and it was somewhat natural that resolution should be passed ;  but the resolutions, as passed, do me great injustice. Please note that Dr. Moss says, "Whereas Capt. J. C. Buchanan has openly charged the school board of Lafayette parish with maladministration of the school funds, and has likewise charged the superintendent of public  schools of this parish with gross violation of the school laws."

 I positively deny the above charge relative to the school board, and brand this statement made by Dr. N. P. Moss as absolutely false. If the members of the board believed Dr. Moss' statement. I do not blame them for voting for the resolutions. I did make charges against the Superintendent. See proceedings of the police jury, Nov. 5. I stand by the record.

 It is not true that I have been "unwarranted and vindictive," and shown "continuous antagonism to the public schools of Lafayette parish."

 In Superintendent Alleman's statement appears the following: "An examination of our printed course will show that not one adopted book has been set aside." As I never charged that the State books were not in his "printed course," but that some of them were not used in the schools, his statement is at least not ingenuous; and he says, "We have been using supplementary books, not on the list, for two years; and up to the present time, there has never been but one solitary complaint made - and that one by Capt. J. C. Buchanan."

 I heard a gentleman, in very positive language, complain to Mr. Avery, principal of the High School, about his son getting "The American Nation." Mr. Alleman should have known of this complaint.

 I understand that the State Board of Education, after consulting with prominent educators, adopted the books recommended by them; and that they ordered those books (and no others), to be taught in the public schools of the State; and arranged by contract for the same; the price to be stamped on the book. Why these books should be set aside, and others used, whose price is fixed by the local dealer, are pertinent questions.

 If Dr. Moss had studied the proprieties, he would possibly have that it would have been more becoming in him to have taken a loss prominent part in the matter of the change of books, as the Moss Pharmacy is a beneficiary of the change; but the Doctor has not always engaged in that which is most elevating. I have opposed changing the books because I believed that it was not legal to do so; and because it adds an extra charge on many people who can ill afford it.

 In my opinion, no plea of expediency, not matter how set forth by Messrs. Alleman and Avery, can justify or warrant any violations of the spirit and the letter of the law, and of the mandates of the State governing board. The course of study as laid down in such a clear-cut and unmistakable manner by the Board of Education of the State of Louisiana, in their official pamphlet, seems to leave absolutely no discretion to any parish superintendent or High School principal to deviate in the slightest from the prescribed course. I understand it was attempted by those publishers whose books were not contracted for at the time of the award by the State School Board, to have the said board allow certain discretion to parish superintendents in the matter of supplementary reading and studies; but the board unanimously resolved, and this resolution is spread on the minutes of the first meeting which the present board held, that no discretion, no latitude, would be given in this matter.
   (Signed)  JNO. C. BUCHANAN.
Lafayette Gazette 11/28/1903.

 New Drugstore Building.

 George Doucet, the Pierce street druggist, will soon occupy the handsome brick structure being erected adjoining the post-office. J. A, Vandyke, the contractor in charge, is progressing fast with the work. The building will be sixty feet by twenty-five feet. Lafayette Gazette 11/28/1903.

Expert Knowledge for Working the Roads.

 To the Lafayette Gazette:

 A great many men are under the impression that it requires a great amount of expert knowledge to superintend the building of our public roads. That is a great mistake. It requires no more expert knowledge to build a good wagon road than it does to work a good farm. I claim that I have all the expert knowledge required for building wagon roads in any civilized country and I never took any expert lessons or studied any particular theory on road making.

 My knowledge on road making was forced upon me by surrounding circumstances. I will give you a little birds-eye sketch of some of these surroundings. They may be more interesting to some of your readers.

 In 1833 I was left a poor orphan in a strange land, among strangers, without home, money or friends. Before I was 21 years old, I went into the lumber business and built a steam sawmill in the wilderness of Canada. I had to make roads by cutting down trees, digging out stumps, and bridging coulees, to get my lumber out.

 In 1849, I was traveling in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California with a train of pack animals. I had to cut my own roads up and down and along the sides of the mountains. In 1852, I crossed the Sierra Nevada mountains into Utah territory where white men had never been seen. I had neither roads nor trails to follow during 14 days, the the snow in places from one foot to one hundred feet deep where it had drifted over the high ranges for ages. In forty days, I returned with six followers out of 32, worn out and half-naked. In 1852, I had a contract of grading six miles of the Sacramento Valley railroad. In 1854, I was appointed chief superintendent of public roads for the county of Sacramento, which position I held for two years. I then returned to Canada, went into the lumber business, getting out heavy square timber and shipments for the Quebec market, which required a great amount of road making and bridging. In 1868, I moved to Simcoe, county of Norfolk where for 18 years, a greater part of that time, I was in the city council, and held the position as chairman of the board of public works. I superintended all the building or bridges, roads, streets, sidewalks, and sewers. I don't mention the above circumstances in a spirit of boasting, but to show you that I know from practical experience what I am talking about. I have seen all kinds of systems for working roads in my travels through the Western, Northern, and Atlantic Southern states; and in Canada, Cuba, Jamaica, Brazil, Patagonia, Cape Horn, Chili, Peru and Nicaragua. The finest road that I ever saw was in Nicaragua near the great projected canal route.

 There are three systems of building the public roads that I thoroughly understand, the farmer system, the board of works system, and the contract system. In my opinion the board of works is by far the best and cheapest for this country at the present time. Later on I will give, for the benefit and consideration of our Police Jury, a synopsis of a board of works for the purpose of working our public roads. I hope that they will take it kindly and considerately as intended.
     (Signed)  J. NICKERSON.
Lafayette Gazette 11/28/1903.

Lecture on Social Democracy.

 Mr. Geo. H. Goeble, national organizer of the Social Democratic Party, will lecture in Lafayette at the Courthouse, on Dec. 1, at 8 p. m. There will be no charge for admission, and an invitation is extended also to the ladies to be present.
      (Signed)  F. C. TRIAY, LEVY O. EMES, H. H. CHURCH, Committee.
Lafayette Gazette 11/28/1903.

 Police Jury Proceedings.

 Lafayette, La., Nov. 5, 1903. - The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present:  M. Billeaud, Jr., J. C. Buchanan, John Whittington, J. O. Blanchet, Alex M. Broussard, Alonzo Lacy, P. R. Landry and F. G. Mouton. Absent:  Saul Broussard.

 The committee to estimate the probable expenses of the parish for the year 1904 reported the following which, on motion of Mr. Mouton was adopted.

 To the Honorable Police Jury. Your undersigned committee appointed to estimate the probable expenses of the parish for the calendar year of 1904 would respectfully submit for your approval the following budget:

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     Lafayette, La., Oct. 11, 1903.

 There being no further business the Police Jury adjourned.
M. BILLEAUD, JR., President.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 11/28/1903.

  Selected News Notes (Gazette) 11/28/1903.

 Hon. Overton Cade visited town Thursday.

 Mr. J. B. Miller, of New Orleans, and Mr. and Mrs. Ed. S. Miller, of Berwick, were called to the bedside of Mr. B. Miller, who is quite sick, this week.

 Mr. Gus. Scranton, who was engaged in the electricians' shops in Pennsylvania for a number of years is here with his parent.

 Miss Gertrude Mayfield, at one time an instructor in the Industrial Institute, was married on Wednesday, Nov. 25, to Rev. S. Wood Brown, pastor of the Presbyterian church at Ruston.

 Mrs. Geo. W. Scranton and daughters, Misses Ruby and Girty, returned from a visit to the Crescent City during the week.

 Miss Mattie Pharr of New Iberia is in Lafayette on a visit to relatives.

 Dr. F. E. Girard returned from New Orleans Sunday. Lafayette Gazette 11/28/1903.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 28th, 1896:

Telegraph Lawsuit. 

 Judge Debaillon opened Court Tuesday morning to try the case of the Postal Telegraph Co. vs. the Louisiana Western Rail Road Co. The suit entered by the Telegraph Co. is to obtain the right of way along the line of  Louisiana Western Railroad Co. from this point to the Texas line. When the case was called, Laurent Dupre attorney for the Railroad Co. filed an exception on the ground of want of proper citation in the person of J. G. Richardson and J. B. Schriever, who are not agents of the Company. The court then ordered that a commission be issued to take the testimony of Messrs. Richardson and Schriever in New Orleans, and that this returnable on or before Dec. 14, on which date the trial will be resumed. Lafayette Advertiser 11/28/1896.

Sneaky Thieves. - Sneak thieves are around. Mr. Ives, a boarder at the Robichaux Hotel, went to New Iberia on Tuesday to attend the circus, when he returned that night he found his room open and his trunk unlocked and the contents strewn on the floor; a box containing $25.00 had been forced open and the money taken. No clue was found to trace the guilty party. Lafayette Advertiser 11/28/1896. 

Rolling Wager. - Leo A. Wenzel, a bicyclist who is riding from Chicago to San Francisco and return on a wager, arrived at this office Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock. To win the wager ($2,000.) he left Chicago without a cent, and must pay his own expenses by work done on the road, make the round trip in six months, and bring back $250. cash. Wenzel says he expects to make the trip and have time to spare, he will make the $250, by advertising firms along the road. He is riding a Davidson wheel, this wheel has been heard of hear before, especially by the railroad boys, a Mr. Howard was the representative here.   
Lafayette Advertiser 11/28/1896.   

 Still going... - The venerable Mr. Pierre Revillon celebrated his 92nd anniversary at his home east of town on Wednesday. At this advanced age, which lacks but a few years of being a century. Mr. Revillon retains all his faculties and regaled the friends and relatives that came to rejoice with him on this auspicious event, with personal reminiscence that have long since passed into history. In 1832 he was present at a speech delivered by Napoleon I at Mucon France. Mr. Revillon came to the United States in 1832 at the age of 27. He was born at Pierre Clos, Department Sone et Loire, France. Almost any bright day he may be seen driving on the streets with his son.
 Lafayette Advertiser 11/28/1896. 


Will be sold to the last bidder on November 28th (Saturday). The farm and home place of the late J. Sosthene Mouton - 200 arpents first class land. Beausejour Springs and all improvements, also a few horses, 2 carriages, a few milk cows, 200 barrels good corn. Plantation one mile from Town of Lafayette, half mile from Refinery a chance of a lifetime. Remember the time - Remember the place. Terms suit purchaser - Say one third cash, balance 1, 2, 3, and 4 years longer if desired. Lafayette Advertiser 11/28/1896.

Moss Bros. & Co.

 An extended experience covering ten years has made Moss Brothers & Co. pioneers in the handling of holiday goods (unreadable words) not surprising that this firm should be recognized as the leaders in that particular line of business. They have studied the wants of the people so closely and so long as to have become specially fitted to provide even for their minutest desire. Ever since the new toys and other attractions have commenced to arrive this popular store has been the focusing point of the interest of the little children of the town, and as each day brings something new into the view the interest of the youngsters increases in intensity. Lafayette Advertiser 11/28/1896.

Cash Register Systems.

 Through the courtesy Mr. J. W. White, representative of the National Cash Register Co, we were shown one of their systems and had all the points thoroughly explained, showing the systematizing effect it will bring into any business where it is used, and especially stop those small leaks in the cash drawer. Their $300 tabulating machine is a wonder being a tabulator typewriter cash register and automatic computator all in one. We learn that two of our most enterprising firms intend introducing the system. Lafayette Advertiser 11/28/1896.


Bad Roads.

 The Advertiser regrets very much that it can not speak or good roads in place of bad ones. It is the same old story. We never will have good public roads under the present system of working them. We have heard much complaint of late relating to the bad condition of the public highways in several portions of the parish, hence these remarks. The good road movement of several months ago, that promised such fruitful results and that crystallized into a Good Road League, seems to have sunk late of state of "innocuous disuetude," to use a favorite expression of Grover Cleveland's. It is not our purpose to criticize the apparent inactivity of the league because there may be reasons, unknown to us, explaining the league's inaction but we know that the seeming indifference of the league has been a sore disappointment to the public of Lafayette.

 A long, dry summer secured a class of roads to which no person could reasonably object, but now that the rainy season has begun travelers are discovering a great number of bad spots in the public roads that were passed unnoticed during the dry spell, so that the subject of good roads (or bad) promises to attain great prominence once more. The most fruitful time, to remind people of a needed reform is when the absence of the reform is being felt the most. Why not begin now a fresh campaign in favor a better road system and enlist everybody in the movement. The nature of the undertaking is worthy of the attention  of our finest citizens.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/28/1896.


 A reward of One Thousand Dollars will be paid to any person or persons who will detect the evidence, cause the arrest and conviction of the murderers of my brother, Martin Begnaud, at Scott, La., during the night of April 22nd, 1896. This offer to paid if same is earned on or before Nov. 17, 1893.
(Signed)  SIMEON BEGNAUD, for the family.
       Lafayette, La., Nov. 17, 1896.
   This is to certify that Simeon Begnaud has made a special deposit of One Thousand Dollars to secure the payment of the above reward.
   S. R. PARKERSON, Cashier First National Bank.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/28/1896.   

 Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 11/28/1896.

 Winter has been sidetracked.

 During the heavy wind that blew Thursday the roof of L. Lacoste's blacksmith shop took fire but was extinguished immediately.

 Crow Girard made a flying trip to New Orleans.

 Col. C. C. Duson of Opelousas was in town Monday.

 Mr. and Mrs. S. E. Dowdy of Algiers La. where the guests of the Crescent Hotel this week.

 A crevass is forming which threatens to undermine the street near Miller's blacksmith shop.

 Mrs. A. J. Moss and Miss Ada Moss returned from New Orleans Thursday after two weeks sojourn.

  Mr. Ulysses Pointbeauf is applying the finishing touches to the new store and residence of L. Nolive.

 Mr. Sosthene Mouton will occupy the property next to Dr. Sallesm which has recently been remodeled.

 Mr. Emile Romero has removed his barbershop to the stand formerly occupied by Paul Castel, opposite the Court House.

 Races to-morrow at A. Primeaux's truck.

 Auction sale to-day at Beausejour Springs.

 Dr. Girard performed tracheotomy on young Moise Cormier this week. The young man has in some way swallowed a cockle burr which lodged in the throat.

 Colonel Lisbony had the old Veterans at his hostelry for a Thanksgiving spread, where the host of good things met with signal defeat, and every one "fought and bled and died all over again.

 Our popular photographer, Mr. F. F. Carter, is looking around for a little cottage for rent, and this has excited a cruel suspicion in the mind of some of his friends. It is certainly a significant move on the part of our English cousin, to say the least.

 Business must be getting better around Lafayette, for Drummers have been falling over each other here the past week.

 A very enjoyable little Thanksgiving surprise party was tendered Miss Lulu Kelly on last Thursday night.

 Thanksgiving was celebrated here last Thursday (nit). The business houses in the neighboring towns closed at 2 P. M., for the day. Lafayette Advertiser 11/28/1896.






From the Lafayette Advertiser of Saturday November 28, 1891:


 The promoters of The Lafayette Realty and Improvement Company have called a meeting of the subscribers to the stock to take place at the Town hall Monday, the 30th inst., at 11 o'clock a. m., for the purpose of adopting a charter and electing a board of directors. The required number of shares to effect an organization was readily taken up by leading citizens, and the success of the enterprise is fully guaranteed. It is another of those "all pull together" moves that always contributes so much toward the improvement and prosperity of a community, and causes little towns to become great cities. The charter we will soon publish the details which will set forth in detail the object and intention of the organization. Score one more for Lafayette. Lafayette Advertiser 11/28/1891.  

BIG FIGHT POSTPONED - The big fight that J. McAllister, announced to take place last Sunday at the Athletic Club building, was declared off on account of an injury to one of Mr. Cash's hands, which disabled him. But as there was a big crowd on hand looking for sport, a match was arranged between McAllister and Mr. James O'Brien, the light weight who is engaged to meet Ed Cerrenas, of Algiers, on the 13th of December. The conditions of the match between McAllister and O'Brien out in ten rounds. The great difference in the size of them (McAllister 194, O'Brien 138) made this an apparently easy job. O'Brien, however, appeared to have the best of the fight up to the seventh round in which he was knocked out. Professor Smithey is training O'Brien for the fight on the 13th, December, which promises to be an interesting contest.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/28/1891

ANTI-LOTTERY DELEGATES. - The following gentlemen were selected by the Anti-Lottery Democrats to be voted for at the primaries on next Saturday as delegates to the State Convention at Baton Rouge:  Alexander Delhomme, Sr.,
   Overton Cade,
   Dr. M. L. Lyons,
   Antoine Guidry,
   Dr. Thomas B. Hopkins,
   Julian Mouton,
   Paul L. DeClouet,
   Olivier Blanchet,
   Jean Apilonaire Begnaud,
   Dr. F. J. Mayer,
   J. G. St. Julien,
   J. Arthur Roy,
   J. A. Labbe,
   J. O. Broussard,
   Valerie Guilbeau,
   C. C. Brown,
   Aimee D. Landry,
   John S. Whittington, Sr.
    Lafayette Advertiser 11/28/1891.

WATER-WORKS. - Mansfield, a town of considerably less population than Lafayette, will shortly have in operation a complete system of water-works. Isn't it about time the people of Lafayette were taking some interest in an enterprise of that kind? The health of a city, as has been demonstrated during the past two months, demands it, to say nothing of fire protection. It would be a paying investment. Lafayette Advertiser 11/28/1891.

S. P. Strike Not Likely.

 The grievance committee of all trainmen in the employ of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company, from New Orleans to San Francisco, were in Houston several days last week in consultation with General Superintendent Van Vleck. The men all demand a material increase in their scale of wages, and it is given out that there are hopes of a compromise being effected and that no strike is likely to occur. Lafayette Advertiser 11/28/1891.


           Lafayette, La., Nov. 23rd, 1891.
  Pursuant to call the Parish Democratic Executive Committee met this day at the Court House, for the purpose of providing for the election of delegates to the State Convention at Baton Rouge, December 16th prox. There were present Messrs. C. C. Brown, chairman, Alex Delhomme, Sr., Dr. M. L. Lyons, W. B. Torian, Paul DeClouet, Overton Cade, Dr. F. C. Latiolais, J. O. Broussard, A. D. Landry and A. C. Guilbeau.

 Dr. Lyons offered a set of resolutions, which upon amendment, were adopted, to-wit:

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 Dr. Latiolais and A. C. Guilbeau voting nay on the above resolutions.

 A substitute offered by Dr. Latiolais providing for the election of delegates by primaries to a parish convention, and through the parish convention to the State convention, was lost.

 By motion of Mr. DeClouet, it was resolved, that the various precincts elect each member to a new Parish Executive committee on the day of the primaries to elect delegates to the State convention.

 By motion of Mr. Cade, the committee fixed the date of the primary election for Saturday December 5th.

 The following was also adopted:

 Resolved, that we fully endorse the position taken by Dr. Mayer, our representation, at the recent session of the State Central Committee in New Orleans.

 The following commissioners were then appointed to serve at the primary election December 5th.

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 The proceedings of this committee were ordered printed in the LAFAYETTE ADVERTISER.

 Before adjournment Mr. Wm. Campbell in behalf of the Pro-Lottery faction withdrew, by consent of the committee, an act of resolutions he had offered, in the interest of his faction and thanked the committee for the fair and impartial manner in which it had disposed of the business of the day.

 There being no further business the committee adjourned.
C. C. BROWN, Chairman.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/28/1891. 



Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 11/28/1891.
 "A Trainman's" communication will appear in our next issue.

 Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Mouton returned from New Iberia Monday.

 Mr. C. E. Schrenk, Photographer of Opelousas was in town Sunday.

 Miss Heloise Mouton is on a visit to her family and friends in Lake Arthur.

 Messrs. E. Priollaud and J. J. Revillon returned Friday of last week from New Orleans.

 Mrs. W. M. Hilliard, of Austin, Texas, was the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Clegg last week.

 Judge John Clegg was in St. Martinville this week where a term the Circuit of Appeals was held.

 Mr. Auguste Maitre is putting up a neat and substantial residence in McComb's addition to Lafayette.

 Mr. George O. Elms, United States surveyor, of Opelousas, was a visitor in Lafayette on Tuesday.

 This locality has been treated to all kinds of weather during the past week - sunshine, frost, thunder, lightning, rain and mud - lots of the latter.

 George K. Bradford, Esq., of Rayne, was a visitor at this office on Monday. Mr. Bradford reports the anti-lottery fight as hot in Acadia parish, with the chances decidedly in favor of the Antis.

 Mr. W. C. Chevis, editor of the Rayne Ranger, a new but lively little opponent of the McEnery-Lottery gang, dropped in to see us Tuesday.

 The Lafayette Lodge No. 3194 K of H will be at their next regular meeting. December 8th, to elect officers for the ensuing year.

 Mr. L. N. Field met with a very painful accident last Monday while at work at the Railroad yards in this place. While coupling cars his hand was caught and the thumb mashed off and one finger badly bruised.

 Mr. A. Edgar, a resident of Bunkie, La., and a conductor of the T. & P. railroad, fell from the train while in motion near New Orleans on the 23rd of November, and was instantly killed. The deceased leaves a wife and two children.

 The parish Democratic executive committee met at the court house last Monday for the purpose of arranging for the holding primaries to elect delegates to the Democratic State Convention, which  meets at Baton Rouge, December 16. A full report of the proceedings will be found in another column. All the members of the committee were present and the action seemed to give general satisfaction. The primaries will be held next Saturday.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/28/1891.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 28th, 1874:


 The assertions and accusations made in the N. O. Picayune of the 24th and 25th inst., are entirely false and slanderous in every particular. The Supervisor of this Parish performed all his duties to the satisfaction of all parties. His returns were promptly made and as he was unable to leave home, they were mailed and were duly received at New Orleans, as the following certificate of our Post Master will prove. Mr. Judice has not been in New Orleans at all, notwithstanding the gratuitous and slanderous insinuations of the Picayune. Let the blame attach where it belongs.
                           POST OFFICE.
      Vermilionville, La., Nov. 26, 1874.
  Registered Package No. 24, forwarded on the 7th inst., from this office to Post office  New Orleans by J. N. Judice, addressed to Board Returning Officers, New Orleans, was delivered to C. A. Voorhies, Clerk on the 11th inst. I held his receipt for the same, also receipt from post master New Orleans.
 A. NEVUE, Post Master, Vermilonville.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/28/1874.

Attempt to Kill St. Mary Sheriff.

 Franklin, La., Nov. 23. - An attempt was made on Saturday night last by some unknown person to kill Mr. M. T. Gordy, sheriff of the parish of St. Mary. The following is Gordy's statement of the affair:

 About half past 9 o'clock at night a person came on my front gallery, deliberately walked to the front door and knocked. I had just gone to bed and was awake and asked who was there; his reply was "me."

 Says I, "Who is me?" His reply was that it was Capt. Montz, and that he wanted to see me a little while. I immediately got up and was going to open the door, when my wife told me not to go to the door; that it was not prudent.

 I then went to the window and raised it, which was in front and near the door. I looked through the blind and saw a person dressed in black, standing very close to the door.

 I rolled the blind so that I could see more distinctly which attracted his attention when he turned towards the window.

 I asked, Who are you ?  His reply was the immediate firing of two shots at me, one striking me in the shoulder and the other falling near my child, who was laying in the bed.

 The alarm caused my child to scream, and who I thought had been shot, which caused some little delay in getting my weapons, which gave the person time to escape.

 I did not recognize the person ;  I only feel satisfied that it was not any citizen of our town.

 I never dreamed that a person was there to harm me until the report of his pistol, otherwise I would have been prepared to to meet him as certainly he deserved to be met."
   (Signed)  MINOS T. GORDY.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/28/1874.   


A Shooting Affair. - Last Wednesday, the 25th, one Eugene Bertrand shot and severely wounded Jules Gautreau. The shooting occurred on one of the public roads of this parish whilst a wedding party was returning home from town. It appears that Bertrand was acting in a manner very unbecoming a gentleman when Gautreau rode up to his buggy and began talking to him, when he drew a large Remington revolver and shot Gautreau.

 Joseph Stutts in attempting to arrest Bertrand had his horse wounded, and was arrested the same day by deputy sheriff Edgar Mouton and is now in custody.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/28/1874.

New Grocery Store. - Mr. W. C. Abbott has recently opened a neat grocery in this place on Main street, in the building lately occupied by Mr. Josse. Mr. Abbott has a select assortment of groceries which he is selling at very moderate rates. He invites the public to call and see the numerous good things in his establishment.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/28/1874.

Girard to New Orleans.

 Our worthy citizen M. E. Girard, M. W. G. Master of the Grand Lodge of State of Louisiana, left here last Sunday to attend the triennial Grand Encampment Knights Templars of the United States, which opens in the city of New Orleans on Tuesday next, 1st of December. Lafayette Advertiser 11/28/1874.


City Council of Vermilionville.

 Pursuant to call of the Mayor, the City Council met in special session at the Court House in Vermilionville, on this, the 13th day of November 1874.

 Present: A. Monnier, Mayor, and Councilmen McBride, Chargois, Revillon, Mouton and Landry. Absent: Bourges and Salles.

 The minutes of last meeting were real and approved.

 On motion, it was resolved, that the Mayor be and is hereby authorized to appoint a committee of two members of the Council, to confer with the committee on Public Works of the parish of Lafayette, in regard to making an estimate of the probable costs of repairing the Parish Prison.

 The Mayor appointed Messrs. McBride and Landry on said committee.

 On motion it was resolved, that a committee of two members of the Council be and are hereby appointed to confer with the Police Jury in regard to putting the hide law in effect. Messrs. McBride and Landry were appointed on said committee.

 On motion it was resolved, that hereafter half licenses shall be issued to all persons who may wish to commence business within the Corporation of Vermilionville, on or after the 1st of July of each year.

 On motion it was resolved, that the licenses erroneously collected from the following named persons be remitted and that warrants be issued for the same, viz: R. L. McBride, $10.00; J. Landry, $5.00; Isaac Chapman, $5.00.

 The following accounts were presented and approved:  J. A. Chargois, for having ditch dug, $5.00; A. Billeaud, making bridges &C., $7.00.

 On motion the Council adjourned.
A. MONNIER, Mayor.
H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/28/1874.

 From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 28th, 1913:


 Special Sermon by Father Grace - Laying of Corner Stone of New Church Sunday.

 The whole Christian world is celebrating the Jubilee, commemorating the enfranchisement of conviction and conscience. It is now the 32nd golden jubilee, comprising 1,600 years, since Emperor Constantine proclaimed religious liberty when Christians, hidden like rates in their underground cemeteries, could come forth into daylight and profess freely their belief is Christ.

 At St. John's church the Jubilee is going on this week Thursday, Friday and Saturday by special sermons by Father Grace, President of Grand Coteau College, at 7:30 p. m. In the morning high mass at 8 o'clock and in the afternoon. Stations of the Cross at 3:45. Religious liberty which proclaims the difference existing between things divine and things human, and between religious authority and the civil power was altogether unknown among pagan peoples at the time when Our Lord Jesus Christ came on earth. The civil law regulated conscience as it regulated commerce or industries. The Emperor claimed for himself the supreme priesthood after the same manner in which he was the supreme arbiter of the affairs of the State. No God, among the many worshiped then, could receive homage if, by the sovereign will of the Emperor, he had not been admitted into the pantheon of the official gods.

 The triduum is at the same time an introduction to the laying of the cornerstone of the new church next Sunday after High Mass by Archbishop Blenk of New Orleans.

 The ceremonies of laying the cornerstone will will be:

 The Archbishop will preach at the 9:30 a. m. mass or on the grounds near the cornerstone. The trained (unreadable word) enforced by the best singers (unreadable words) high class music. All the faithful are invited at the laying of the cornerstone of their new church and no Fair being held this year, the pastor asks all to bring their voluntary offering on the grounds and continue to build up the fund. The Archbishop will first bless the 19x23x17 marble stone, then the site of the altar, marked by a huge cross, next place the stone and then go around blessing all foundations.

 The grounds are prepared to receive the immense population and a platform will be erected to obtain a good viewpoint. May heaven bless us with pretty weather. Lafayette Advertiser 11/28/1913.



Autographic Telegraph.

  Edison's new autographic telegraph bids fair to revolutionize the present system of newspaper illustration from distant points. By its aid the artist will find it easy to transmit any kind of sketch by wire. The process is apparently simple. The artist makes a sketch in the usual manner. When the drawing is finished he wraps it around a little cylinder at the top of the machine, presses a button, and in that instant, while the machine revolves, a man in the newspaper office, hundreds of miles away, is enabled to reproduce the sketch. By means of this ingenious contrivance the horrors of modern newspaper illustration may be multiplied indefinitely.

 Original source unknown. Published in the Lafayette Advertiser 11/28/1896.

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