From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 29th, 1905:
TO PORT BARRE.
Southern Pacific Proposes to Extend from Arnaudville If Right of Way is Granted.
[Special to N. O. Picayune.]
Opelousas, La., Nov. 26 - A party of gentlemen connected with the Southern Pacific Railroad visited Opelousas Friday. This party was composed of E. B. Cushing, General Superintendent; J. M. Lee, Jr., General Agent; C. W. Owen, Assistant General Freight Agent, and W. F. Hutson, Division Engineer. The party visited the various industries and conferred with local businessmen on general matters relating to the business of the road.
The feature of the visit which most interested local people was the announcement that the Southern Pacific was considering the construction of a railroad from Arnaudville in the direction of Palmett0, on the Texas and Pacific. The survey made some months ago passed about a mile and a half east of Leonville, and through the Port Barre settlement, thence to Washington. The present project, however, is to continue northward from Port Barre.
Mr. Cushing stated that while the construction of this road had not been definitely settled, he was authorized by the owners of the road to construct the line, provided the country was found favorable, and that the route would donate the right of way. He stated that it was not the purpose of his Company to ask the people to vote any tax or assume any of the financial burden of building the road other than to secure from the property owners along the route the necessary right of way.
From the N. O. Picayune and in the Lafayette Advertiser 11/29/1905.
PAY YOUR POLL TAX.
Under the law, in order to vote at elections to be held next year, you must pay your poll tax before December 31.
Should you fail to do so, you will disfranchise yourself, not alone for 1906 but for 1907 also, and no matter how important the election, nor how much you may wish to vote, you can not vote those two years.
Should you by neglect or indifference omit or forget to pay your poll tax, do not blame the law or rail at its injustice, but blame yourself. The law makes a condition that you contribute a poll tax, amounting to one dollar a year to the schools, as a prerequisite to voting, and it is your duty as a citizen to pay your poll tax and qualify yourself for the duties of citizenship.
Criticism of the laws or complaints as to public officers comes with a very bad grace from a man who is too careless to pay his poll tax or too indifferent to vote.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/29/1905.
Trial Trip Between Houston and Galveston a Success.
General Passenger Agent F. E. Batters of the Southern Pacific, says the New Orleans Picayune, has received the following self explanatory telegram from Colonel T. J. Anderson:
"Trial trip of motor car No. 3 between Houston and Galveston today satisfactory. Car goes on Monday, regular schedule, leaving Houston at 8:30 a. m. returning leaving Galveston at 1 p. m. Newspapermen and official well pleased. On trial test, attained speed of fifty miles easily. Present schedule will be two hours and fifteen minutes, until car gets limbered up. Expect to cut it down to an hour and 45 minutes later. Ovation all along the line."
The car which was tested yesterday is the only motor car in the South, and is the third put on the Harriman lines. It is of 100 horsepower and seats sixty-five people, having a compartment also for baggage. The car is capable of pulling a trailer. Mr. Batters expects to have at least one of the motor cars in operation in Louisiana at an early date. One of these will probably be put on between Lafayette and Opelousas and the other between Crowley and New Iberia, others being placed on other branches as soon as they can be obtained. Lafayette Advertiser 11/29/1905
Green Label Catsup.
(Or, C. P. Moss vs. C. P. McIlhenny.)
C. P. Moss, of New Iberia, was a pleasant caller at our office Friday and presented us with two bottles of his new Green Heart Label catsup. The company represented by Mr. Moss manufactures the famous Green Heart Label Tabasco Sauce, and the catsup, their second product, bids fair to achieve the same large sale as the Tabasco, judging by the excellent flavor and delightful taste of the samples we sampled.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/29/1905.
On November 29, 1905 S. L. I. Notes.
Dr. Stephens announced that all students of the Industrial school will be permitted to attend lyceum bureau entertainments at the opera house.
Thanksgiving exercises will be held to-morrow instead of the usual morning exercises. After which the regular work of the day will be taken up as usual.
Wilton Tilly of St. Martinsville, who completed his commercial course at the Institute in the class of 1903 with the exception of his work in English returned to the Institute yesterday, stood an examination in this subject successfully and his graduation was duly announced at the morning exercises. Mr. Tilly made a graceful response and received the congratulations of the faculty and his many friends among the students. He will leave next month for Nashville to study medicine.
The cadet corps has been thoroughly organized and will soon be provided with rifles and furnished with full equipment.
The officers are as follows.
ROSTER OF CADET OFFICERS
Staff Officers- Jules Motty, First Lieut. and Adjutant; Oreste Babin, First Lieut. and President's Clerk; S. Rushing Biossat, Seargent Major; Robert Yeager, Quarter Master Sergeant; Leonard McGinty, Bugler.
OFFICERS OF THE LINE
Company A- Leon Chiasson, Captain; Leon Schmulen, First Lieutenant; Moise Lafleur, Second Lieutenant; Adam Dugas, First Sergeant; Hollis Hayes, Second Sergeant; Pierret Mouton, Third Sergeant; Geo.
Crouchet, Fourth Sergeant.
Company B- John Pharr, Captain; M. Mouton, First Lieutenant; Harold Smith, Second Lieutenant; John Whitmeyer, First Sergeant; K. Lindsay, Second Sergeant; Barclay Smith, Third Sergeant; Adam Judice, Fourth Sergeant. (I believe K. Lindsay was Kent Lindsay.)
Company C- Roland Triay, Captain; James Caffery, First Lieutenant; Henry Robertson, Second Lieutenant; Ferdinand Brasseaux, First Sergeant; Sidney Dauterive, Second Sergeant; William Pharr, Fourth Sergeant.
Company D- Valsin Benoit, Captain; Henry Voorhies, First Lieutenant;
Charles Dutch, Second Lieutenant; U. Darby, First Sergeant; Warren Domengeaux, Second Sergeant; Louis Gravel, Third Sergeant; Homer Barousse, Fourth Sergeant.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/29/1905.
A Generous Offer.
Among those of the parish who have at all times been earnest workers in the cause of education, Mr. Alcide Judice, of Scott, has always stood in the front rank. He has sided most helpfully in the splendid progress which has been made, contributing freely of his time and his counsel and often giving financial aid funds were pressingly needed. But a few days ago he again showed his great interest in the schools by a most liberal gift. A committee from the School Board, of which Mr. Judice is a valued member, called upon him to sell the Board a site for the new Scott school building. They selected a fine piece of ground, which they considered an ideal place for the school. When asked to name a price Mr. Judice proposed for the committee to do so. They stated that as he knew, the Board was not in a position to pay over $500. He accepted that amount unhesitatingly, notwithstanding, he had a standing offer of $1,500 for the same land. At the Board meeting Thursday Mr. Judice donated the $500 received for the land to the benefit of the Scott school.
The Advertiser takes great pleasure recording this generous gift to the schools. Lafayette Advertiser 11/29/1905.
Hoyt's "A Bunch of Keys."
Our theatregoers promised one of the most delightful shows of the season at Jefferson Theatre, on Monday, Dec. 4, when Gus Bothner's comedians will appear in the musical comedy, "A Bunch of Keys." We hear and read none but complimentary things of the show, the musical numbers combined popularity with artistic excellence to a greater degree than any other farce comedy. It is more than a roaring farce - it is a crackling, thundering one - it fairly takes the audience by storm and wreathes in smiles faces that have grown sorely sober watching theatrical performances that do not amuse. It is impossible to resist the fun, it is of such a jolly wholesome sort that it reaches out and takes hold of the spectator and makes him laugh whether or no, so hail "A Bunch of Keys", and in the immoral words of Rip Van Winkle, "May it live long and prosper." From Press Agent and in the Lafayette Advertiser of 11/29/1905.
Hazel Kirke, presented by Effie Ellsner and company at the Jefferson Wednesday night was witnessed by a large audience that was well pleased by the rendition of the play. Miss Ellsler as Hazel was fine, her expression of the character being exceedingly natural. Frank Weston as Sunston Kirke was good and true to life. Herbert Fortier as Pittacus Green made a decided hit and Miss Helen Young as Dolly Dutton came in for her share of appreciation. Altogether the company was strong one and the play as presented was most satisfactory. Lafayette Advertiser 11/29/1905.
"A Trip to Egypt."
A Trip to Egypt held the boards at the Jefferson Friday night and proved to be a most pleasing attraction. The plot is hardly a plot, but serves as a sort of a thread to hang a lot of very entertaining specialties on. Carson and Willard as German comedians were quite satisfactory and won numerous hand clappings. Goff Phillips as Isadore Cohen was excellent and was one of the most pronounced hits of the evening. There were lots of pretty girls, some fine dancing and most elegant costumes. The audience showed their thorough appreciation by numerous encores. Lafayette Advertiser 11/25/1905.
Sontag at Jefferson. - A pleasing feature at every performance at the Jefferson Theatre, is the delightful music rendered by the orchestra under the leadership of Prof. F. Sontag.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/29/1905.
For Erection of Methodist District Parsonage. Work will begin soon.
The erection of a Methodist district parsonage here will be begun shortly. Thursday the building committee met and awarded the contract. The residence of the presiding elder for this district has been and is now at Crowley. Several years ago a movement was started to build a district parsonage and the location offered to the town which would offer the best inducements and convenience. Lafayette was enabled to secure parsonage because of the liberal contributions of the members of the local church and the generous donation by Mrs. M. E. Girard of a large lot next to the Methodist parsonage. The parsonage is expected to cost $3000. Lafayette Advertiser 11/29/1905.
Coming to the Jefferson Theatre.
Our theatregoers are promised one of the most delightful shows of the season at Jefferson Theatre, on Monday Dec. 4, when Gus Bothner's comedians will appear in the musical comedy, "A Bunch of Keys." We hear and read none but complimentary things of the show, the musical numbers combined popularity with artistic excellence to a greater degree than any other farce comedy. It is more than a roaring farce - it is a crackling, thundering one - it fairly takes the audience by storm and wreathes in smiles faces that have grown sorely sober watching theatrical performances that do not amuse. It is impossible to resist the fun, it is such a jolly wholesome sort that it reaches out and takes hold of the spectator and makes him laugh whether or no, so hail "A Bunch of Keys", and in the immortal words of Rip Van Winkle, "May it live long and prosper." - Press Agent.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/29/1905.
The Married Ladies' Euchre Club.
Mrs. B. N. Coronna entertained the Married Ladies' Euchre Club November 23.
After many interesting games were played it was found that Mrs. Coronna's tally card had received the most punches, therefor the lovely cut glass bowl was hers, while the pretty cut glass bon bon dish was won by Mrs. Schwartz.
After Mrs. Coronna had served delicious refreshments, the club adjourned to meet November 29 with Mrs. Vic Levy. Lafayette Advertiser 11/29/1905.
Euchre Saturday Night. - The euchre given by the L. A. to B. of R. T. at the residence of Mrs. L. M. Boudreaux Saturday night for a charitable purpose, was a most enjoyable affair, and was financially satisfactory. Handsome presents were awarded the successful contestants in the game, after which dancing was indulged in by the young folks.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/29/1905.
Meeting of Woman's Club.
The Woman's Club met Nov. 25 with Mrs. LeRosen as hostess. After the meeting was called to order and all business attended to the following program was rendered:
The club then adjourned and Mrs. LeRosen served a dainty luncheon. The club will meet Dec. 2 with Mrs. Kelly as hostess. Lafayette Advertiser 11/29/1905.
A Desirable Route.
The Kansas City Southern is one of the new roads in the State, but is rapidly becoming a popular one. The service is excellent; patrons receive most courteous treatment from the officials, agents, conductors and trainmen, and time made is very satisfactory. The writer enjoyed the trip over the road from Lake Charles to Shreveport and was greatly struck by the rapid development of the country along the line, mill after mill, immense affairs, are turning out lumber by the thousands of feet daily and each mill town is strictly up-to-date, provided with water works and electric lights. Traveling over the K. C. S. is both agreeable and interesting and owing to the excellent connections with the S. P. at Lake Charles makes it a most desirable route from this section to Kansas City, Oklahoma, Denver and the west and north west. Lafayette Advertiser 11/29/1905.
The Cane Crop.
The weather has been very fine during the past week and the harvesting of the crop has therefore progressed without any serious impediment, and we note that our sugar producers seem to find the results more encouraging, in so far as the sugar contents of the cane is concerned. The tonnage is, as we have previously pointed out, quite disappointing and, with the exception of the Demerara seedlings the canes are badly twisted and blown down, thus adding largely to the time and expense required for their harvesting. Great progress has been made during the past week and the campaign is now at its height, but the prevailing low prices for sugar are discouraging. That the total crop will fall below last year's, notwithstanding the present increased acreage, seems more and more evident. From the La. Planter and in the Lafayette Advertiser 11/29/1905.
No Reduction in Lease Price for Lands to Be Made. - Applications fro Transportation of Children to School Made.
Superintendent Gives Reasons and Urges Granting of Same. Liberal Donation to Scott School by Mr. Alcide Judice.
Lafayette, La., Nov. 23, 1905. - At a called meeting of the Parish School Board all members were present except A. D. Verot and Alex Delhomme, Sr.
Taking up the application of prospective leases of school lands for a reduction of the rate fixed at a previous meeting, the Board decided that the rent asked was reasonable; that in justice to those who have already leased, and in justice to the school children of the parish no reduction from price fixed could be made.
Messrs. Ben Avant and Lat Tarver, of the second ward, made application for the transportation of their children from Bethel church to the Burke school.
Messrs. Breaux and Bertrand, trustees of the Bertrand school, requested that the Board transport the advanced classes of the school to Lafayette instead of appointing an additional teacher needed for their school. They offered to pay 2-5 of the expenses incurred in the transportation of the children.
Application was also made by the trustees of the Stelly school for the transportation of the children of that school to the Carencro school.
Before considering these applications the Board asked the superintendent to express his opinion on the applications made for transportation.
Supt. Alleman answered that while transportation of children, as a result of consolidation of weak schools, is a comparatively new question in the South and particularly in Louisiana, it has been successfully practiced in Massachusetts for nearly forty years; and for nearly forty years; and when it is considered that Massachusetts is a leading State educationally and commercially, with an illiteracy of one out of every thousand as compared with four hundred and forty out of a thousand in some parishes of Louisiana, there could be no doubt of the saving common sense in adopting this plan which is the only means of giving country children an education worth while. He said the problem for the Parish School Board to solve is to educate the children of Lafayette parish living in the country and that judicious consolidation with transportation is the only way to do it. He quoted from statements made by county superintendents in the South showing the following results of consolidation with transportation:
1. It lengthens the term.
2. It improves the attendance.
3. It improves the teaching force by paying better salaries.
4. It enables School Boards to build comfortable and attractive school houses.
5. It makes it possible to grade the school work, thus enabling the child to make three or four times as much progress in their studies.
6. Best of all it reduces the cost and at the same time multiplies results many fold.
No intelligent farmer makes hay nowadays with a scythe blade and the time is coming when no school community will tolerate the absolute waste of the child's time in a school of four to six grades in charge of one teacher. The superintendent showed that granting the requests of the communities would save $75 per month to the school fund, save the construction of a school house at $1,000, and at the same time give the children involved three to five times more opportunity for advancement. Her strongly urged the Board to furnish the transportation.
On motion of Mr. Spell, seconded by Mr. Roy, transportation for the three communities, Stelly, Bertrand, and Bethel was allowed, and the offer of the Bertrand community to pay $10 per month for the transportation of their children was accepted.
By Mr. Judice; Resolved that the superintendent be authorized to rent lands at rates fixed by the Board. Carried.
Considering the application of the member of the first ward for aid for digging a canal near the school section of that ward, the secretary was requested to say that while the Board is heartily in favor of helping in this necessary work the inadequate revenues for the present year will not permit it.
Messrs. Roy and Alleman, committee appointed to wait on Town Council had appropriated $3,500 and promised to give more later if possible.
The Police Jury was requested to appropriate $12,000, an increase of (unreadable figure) over last year, to enable the Board to have a session of nine months. The increase in the teaching corps and attendance was given in detail to the Jury in support of the claim of the school children on the public fund. The Jury appropriated $7,500 and the committee understood that the Jury would make every effort to give an additional appropriation during the current session.
Mr. Alcide Judice offered to donate $500 to the School Board to be used in furnishing the Scott schoolhouse new nearly completed.
By Mr. Brown; Resolved that the Parish School Board accept in the name of the children, the generous offer of Mr. Judice giving additional proof of his deep interest in the educational advancement of the parish; and be it further Resolved, That the parish superintendent take immediate steps to furnish the Scott school in accordance with the conditions of the donation.
The following accounts were approved:
There being no further business the Board adjourned.
N. P. MOSS, President.
L. J. ALLEMAN, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/29/1905.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 11/29/1905.
Threatening weather, rain and mud have characterized the greater part of the past week.
Material is being placed on the ground preparatory to the erection of the new buildings for the Bank of Lafayette and Gus Schmulen.
W. H. Adams had the office building occupied by Dr. Tolson, moved near his residence and will build a one-story brick store, 30x50, on the lot. Dr. Tolson, who has recently purchased the adjoining lot, expects to erect a brick building also.
The excursion to Opelousas Sunday on account of the military drill was well patronized by Lafayette folks, who report a most enjoyable time in the pushing capital of big St. Landry.
The Picayune of Nov. 27 contains a fine picture of Mr. Ernest Mouisset, of the Lacoste Hardware Co., and makes a complimentary mention of him as a hardware man.
The handsome residence being erected on Lee avenue by C. D. Caffery for D. Schwartz is about completed.
Two very large sweet potatoes on exhibition in our office window show that Lafayette soil is exceedingly well adapted to the raising of sweet potatoes. The potatoes were raised by Mr. Paul Demanade on his place near town.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/29/1905.
From the Lafayette Gazette of November 29th, 1902:
IMPORTANT TO LAFAYETTE.
The following taken from Tuesday's N. O. States, will be read with interest by the people of Lafayette:
There is a very well-grounded belief in well-posted railroad circles that within the next twelve months the Southern Pacific will be a competitor of the Texas and Pacific Railroad in the North Louisiana business, owning or controlling a practically direct line between New Orleans and Shreveport.
Several facts lead to this belief. As it at present stands the Southern Pacific needs only to build a gap of 25 miles between Cheneyville and Alexandria to connect with the Shreveport and Red River Valley Railroad to close the link that would give New Orleans a new direct rail connection with the thriving North Louisiana city, passing as well through the most abundant agricultural section of the State with particular possibilities in the matter of controlling a very large amount of cotton hauling. The Southern Pacific's line from New Orleans to Shreveport, if put into effect, would be over the main line to Lafayette; from Lafayette the Cheneyville branch runs almost due north to Cheneyville, where a junction with the Texas and Pacific is made. From Cheneyville to Alexandria the Southern Pacific at present uses the Texas and Pacific, but if the 25 miles gap were closed, the Southern Pacific's rails would connect with those of the Shreveport and Red River Valley on the Southern side of the Red River into Shreveport and thus the new through line between New Orleans and Shreveport would be formed.
A fact most significant in substantiation of the report that the Southern Pacific would make this move, is that the Southern Pacific has sold tickets from New York, via the Morgan steamship line to New Orleans, and through to Shreveport over the Shreveport and Red River Valley Railroad. Mr. Edenborn's road is a valuable property and has been in operation since last May and there can be no question but that either the Texas and Pacific would like to own or control it to get the Southern Pacific out of the field, or that the Southern Pacific would like to own or control it so as to gain an entrance into a very rich and productive territory. By the fact that tickets sold by the Southern Pacific to Shreveport are routed over the Shreveport and Red River Valley it would appear as if the big transcontinental line had gotten the inside track and if it does not own it, at least has a very close traffic arrangement with the Edenborn road.
It may have been that the Texas and Pacific had this possibility in view when it began to construct its new line between Cypress and Shreveport along the west bank of the Red River, the S. & R. R. V. running along the eastern bank. When this road is completed, which it is to be expected to be in less than a year, the Texas and Pacific not only will traverse another splendid cotton section but will have a water level route and as well be able to avoid the heavy grades now necessary to overcome on the main line between Cypress and Shreveport. With a water level and a competitor for business between New Orleans and Shreveport there is no question but that the Texas and Pacific will greatly improve its service and travelers and shippers will have a choice of two routes and enjoy the advantages consequent thereto.
The local officials of the Southern Pacific and Texas and Pacific are silent on the matter, but there appears to be every reason to believe that it is admirably founded on fact.
From the N. O. States and in the Lafayette Gazette 11/29/1902.
THE RAILROAD COMPANY AND THE CANE GROWER.
A gentleman, who is largely interested in the culture of cane in this parish, informs The Gazette that the transportation facilities furnished to him this season by the Morgan Railroad are very unsatisfactory. Owing to the poor service of the railroad company he has been able to make but little progress in shipping his cane to the refinery. Not only has the company failed to provide the shipper with adequate facilities but the service has been irregular, uncertain and unreliable.
When the cane-grower is ready to ship his cane to market he should be provided with necessary railway accommodation within reasonable time. Not only is his crop of a perishable character, but for many other reasons, if he is unable to make prompt and regular shipments, the results can not but prove very disastrous to his interests.
Had the cane-grower been able to take advantage of the exceptionally fine weather in marketing his crop, he would have been, in some measure, compensated for the long drought which prevailed at the beginning of the season, but if the hardships of inadequate transportation are to be added to the losses occasioned by unpropitious weather, how in the name of reason can he be expected to escape absolute financial failure? While the elements can not be controlled and bad weather must be endured, there should be some way to compel the railroad company to furnish the farmer with sufficient and prompt shipping facilities.
The cane-grower pays a handsome tribute to the railroad company on every acre of land that he cultivates. If he uses the railroad to ship his crop to the refinery he pays the company about a fifth of his gross earnings, to say nothing of the charges collected on the manufactured.
In return for the great benefits of the corporate franchise granted by the people, the transportation companies are legally bound to the performance of certain public duties. To compel a fulfillment of these obligations a railroad commission has been created in this State, and it is the business of that body to see that the relations between the great railway corporations and the public are sustained by the principles of law and equity.
But aside from the obligations to the people, assumed by the railroad company in its capacity of public carrier, it should, on account of vast profits it derives from the sugar industry, endeavor to give the cane-grower decent treatment at least. Lafayette Gazette 11/29/1902.
For Criminal Assault - Trial Monday, Dec. 8.
Acting under a special order of Judge Debaillon the grand jury met last Monday to investigate the charge of rape against the negro, Daniel McCoy. The following gentlemen composed the jury: Harrison Theall, foreman; Alfred D. Breaux, Luc LeBlanc, Joan A. Begnaud, T. S. Singleton, J. M. Jones, Cleobule Doucet, J. Gilbert St. Julien, Norbert Reaux, Jr., Lucien S. Broussard, Albert Theall, Jasper Spell.
Three witnesses testified before the jury, and the evidence was of such a character that a true bill was reported against McCoy in the afternoon.
Tuesday morning McCoy was brought into court to be arraigned. In answer to a question from the court McCoy said that he was unable to employ counsel. Judge Debaillon stated that he would appoint Messrs. Jno. L. Kennedy, Ralph Elliot and Jerome Mouton to defend the prisoner.
After the arraignment District Attorney Campbell fixed the trial of the case for Monday, Dec. 8.
It is safe to say that McCoy will get a legal trial. Due to the efforts of Sheriff Broussard, who made several visits to the second ward and advised the people not to resort to lynching, and to the action of Judge Debaillon and District Attorney Campbell is calling a special term of court as soon as practicable, the law will take its course in this case.
Lafayette Gazette 11/29/1902.
A VOICE FROM THE GRAVE.
A copy of the "address," which the Republican State central committee is distributing with magnanimous impartiality, has been sent to The Gazette.
The document is signed by F. B. Williams, chairman of the State central committee, Lewis Clark, national committeeman, and W. J. Behan, chairman of the State executive committee. This select triumvirate affect a solicitous regard for the political conscience of the State and condescend to tell the people what they must do to be saved. They have discovered that the people are disgusted with political conditions in Louisiana are anxiously waiting for an opportunity to break into the Republican ranks. As an evidence of this irrepressible desire on the part of the people to join the g. o. p., the "address" points to "the pitiful vote of the Democratic party at the last Congressional election in this State." It is delightfully mute on the Republican vote. The optimism which sees hopeful signs for the Republican party in the last election is worthy of the highest commendation. There is something lofty in the soul of a man who can squeeze any comfort out of such a defeat.
We are told "that the mighty movement led by Captain Pharr is now dead." Like the soul of John Brown it is still marching on. Aside from the Lily Whites party, Captain Pharr's movement is about the "deadest" and the most decently buried thing in the State.
But if it can afford any satisfaction to the Lily Whites to refer to it occasionally it can do no harm.
Lafayette Gazette 11/29/1902.
The Lyman Twin Brothers.
At the opera-house, on Saturday, Dec. 6, those fun-loving comedians in their 20th Century Comedy production, "A Merry Chase," will appear and make things (with the aid of their large and talented supporting company) decidedly lively. Besides the play, which is everywhere recognized as one of the leading and meritorious successes of the age, a talented coterie of strictly first-class specialists from vaudeville, good singers and clever dancers have been specially engaged for this season, and after you have witnessed the entire performance, the average audience is said to go home in a merry mood and praying for a return visit of these royal entertainers at an early day. Lafayette Gazette 11/29/1902.
A Wise Woman.
Manager Bendel informs us that he is negotiating with the managers of "A Wise Woman" for one night. He says there is very little chance for such a company having a date open. No matter, let them know we are on earth. We may catch them on their return. You must remember, 'twas wind that made Chicago. Keep blowing your horn. Lafayette Gazette 11/29/1902.
A New Lineman. - The Cumberland Telephone Co. has decided to add another lineman to its local force. Heretofore the work has been done by one man, which accounted for the delay in repairing phones.
Laf. Gazette 11/29/1902.
Races at Surrey Park. - Six Trotting races will take place to-morrow (Sunday) at the Surrey Park. Mr. Alphonse Peck's mare, Beauty, will trot against Roger's Gray Jim for the three best heats in five. Sidney Veazey's horse will trot with Dr. Guilbeau's for the two best heats in three.
Lafayette Gazette 11/29/1902.
Of the General Education Board, will visit Lafayette as the Result of a Conference.
Dr. Moss returned from New Orleans yesterday, where he had gone to attend the educators' convention in company with Superintendent Alleman and Mr. Alcide Judice; and he expresses himself as being highly pleased with the splendid work accomplished by this conference of prominent and earnest educators and friends of education of the North and South.
The General Education Board, which was represented at the convention by its secretary, Dr. Wallace Buttrick, and its field agent, Prof. Cloyd, is engaged in the great work of promoting public education throughout the length and breadth of our land, and accomplishes this laudable object by co-operating with the regular State, parochial and municipal school authorities. Help of a practical nature is extended wherever the co-operation of the General Education Board is desired and the local conditions appear to make it advisable, and it is a cardinal principle of the Board to help only those who are making earnest and praiseworthy efforts to help themselves. The funds and the facilities of the General Education Board for carrying on its work are furnished by a few Northern and Southern philanthropists who believing in helping their fellowmen, not by the giving of alms, but rather by encouraging them to persevere in their own efforts for the best in education and providing needed reinforcement to assure, as far as possible, the attainment of the end in view. It is the noblest work, that of the emancipation of the masses from the slavery of ignorance and illiteracy, and one that appeals irresistibly to good men and women everywhere.
Availing themselves of the kind willingness of Dr. Buttrick to great private interviews to members of the conference who might wish to discuss educational interests of a local character, presenting difficulties or complexities to be overcome. Dr. Moss reports that a delegation from Lafayette, composed of Superintendent Alleman, President Stephens of the Industrial Institute, Mr. Alcide Judice and himself, waited on Dr. Buttrick and his co-worker, Prof. Cloyd, to talk over certain phases of school work in Lafayette parish in which there was a bond of common interest, and as a result of the discussion Dr. Buttrick urged Prof. Cloyed to visit Lafayette parish for the purpose of co-operating with the local school authorities in the manner it might be judged most advisable to develop more rapidly than might be possible otherwise, an ideal system or rural schools that will stand as a living object lesson to stimulate and to guide other parishes in the attainment of the same high plane of school work. Prof. Cloyd cheerfully consented to come and fixed Dec. 11 and 12 as the date of his visit.
Dr. Moss has been deeply impressed with the earnestness and devotion of such men at the convention as Dr. Buttrick, Dr. Alderman, Prof. Cloyd and Prof. Caldwell, for the uplifting of humanity through the powerful agency of the universal education. They are men with big brains and big hearts, and who are, withal, intensely practical. Lafayette Gazette 11/29/1902.
By the Children of the Primary School, Assisted by the Sontag Band.
Miss Holmes, principal of the Lafayette Primary School, and the assistant teachers, Misses Horton and Bagnal, are making preparations to give an entertainment at Falk's hall, Friday night, Dec. 5, for the purpose of raising funds to buy patent desks for the school. These industrious teachers have been quite busy during the past few weeks training the children. The little ones, who are happy over the prospects of having new desks, are greatly interested in the exhibition and will no doubt enlist the help of their friends and relatives toward making the affair the success which it deserves to be. They will call upon the people of the town with tickets, which, it is hoped, will be bought by all who wish to contribute to this worthy cause. The price of admission is 25 cents for adults and 15 cents for children. The Sontag Band, which is always ready to help a good cause, has offered its services for the occasion and will delight the audience with some of its excellent music. The program will consist of songs, doll and Japanese drills, a pantomime, an animal play, tableaux, the play of Red Riding Hood, and other forms of entertainment adapted to children and pleasing to young and old. An address will be made by Mayor Caffery. Lafayette Gazette 11/29/1902.
The theatrical entertainment given at the Industrial Institute last Saturday was very well patronized by the people of the town. As was announced in our last issue the entertainment was given by the fourth-year class to raise money to help defray the expenses of a trip to New Orleans. The object of the visit to see a Shakespearian play presented by James and Ward, who are among the recognized masters of English drama.
When Dr. Warner was at the Institute last year he advised the members of the fourth-year class to avail themselves of the first opportunity to see a Shakespearian play. Acting upon the advice proffered by the learned divine the members of the class decided to give the entertainment last Saturday, intending to use the revenues toward paying the expenses incurred by a trip to the city. Under the direction of Miss Edith Dupre, the teacher of English at the Institute, the boys and young ladies of the class made a success of their undertaking, not only very creditably presenting two comedies, but realizing over $50 in net earnings. Those who will make the trip to New Orleans are: Miss Dupre, Misses Alma Gulley, Rhena Boudreaux, Irma Voorhies, Edith Trahan and Maxim Beraud; Pothier Voorhies, Willie Mills, Harold Demanade, Harry Smedes, Willis Roy. They leave to-day and will return to-morrow. They will see James and Ward in "The Tempest" to-night at the Tulane. Lafayette Gazette 11/29/1902.
THAT ELECTION LAW.
It is with no little pleasure that The Gazette notes the favorable comment elicited by its editorial of Nov. 8 relative to the election law. Last week we gave the names of papers which advocate a repeal of that law and quoted the pertinent and timely remarks of the Farmerville Gazette. In the last issue of the Abbeville Meridional, Dr. C. J. Edwards, the level-headed and forceful editor of that journal presents the following sound argument against the present election:
If the Democratic party in the State of Louisiana is to maintain its political ascendancy and continue to exist in the hearts and affections of her people it must repeal in total the present abomination in the shape of the election law. The political exigencies which justified its creation and operation no longer exist. The Constitution of 1898 has made the white man supreme in politics in Louisiana for all time to come.
That being the case it is a mockery, a hallow sham, to tender the white man who has successfully run the gauntlet of the registration office and the poll tax law, a ballot which he does not understand and which he cannot vote intelligently. The slim vote cast at the last election on the amendments is proof positive of the galling restraint of the cumbersome election machinery of the present law.
Abolish the whole thing. The Australian ballot is a fraud as operated in this State. Nay more, it should cause every honest man to blush when he reads of the many voters who have robbed of the right of suffrage by the reason of the "spoiled ballot."
Let us return to the old system of free election tickers and a secret ballot. Let every man run for office who desires. Let him have as many tickets as he wants and run on as many tickets as he chooses. Let the man who is not as smart as a Philadelphia lawyer, take his ticket to his home or to a quiet spot, study it carefully and then make it out to suit his views, carry it to the box and drop it in. It will then represent the solemn and deliberate expression of his will. If he is entitled by law and cannot fix his ticket alone and unaided, why he can then call in a trusted friend. In this parish there are hundreds of good men who cannot vote untrammeled under the present law, and the miserably small vote cast at the last election shows how little they care about voting for man elephant or a rooster. To him the election is a personal affair. It is the men that he desires to vote for - not an emblem.
The Suffrage law affords all the protection necessary against the negro vote. The constitution of 1898 effectively disposes of the black man as a political factor. The registration law, intelligently interpreted and honestly enforced, is all that is needed to make white supremacy a permanent and enduring condition. When that is assured there is neither reason nor justice to harass the white voter with a series of mystifying restrictions.
In its issue of last Tuesday The Picayune gives a column of its editorial space to the discussion of the election law. The Picayune says:
Several of the Democratic newspapers of Louisiana, under the lead of the Lafayette Gazette, are attacking the State election law.
The idea upon which they proceed is that the law contains so many details and requires so many formalities that it repels citizens and disgusts them with the entire business.
The alleged Australian ballot that has been adopted in the State was intended to compel the voter to accept the entire ticket that is supposed to represent his party, and this done by marking the emblem at the head of it. The ostensible idea was that as many persons are illiterate and unable to stamp the various names on the ticket the difficulty could be got over by stamping the rooster or the elephant which stands at the head as the party emblem. The voter, when he goes into the stall or cell at the polls to mark his ticket, is given only three minutes, which is a short time for a man who thinks slowly, or is not accustomed to act rapidly and with decision, or who is rendered nervous by the peculiarity of his position to fix up his ballot, and if he is to vote at all he must stamp the party emblem and thereby swallow every objectionable candidate on the ticket. This was the real object of the law.
It is much doubted, however, if the operation of the election law is the cause of the light vote in the recent election. It was, in all probability, lack of any circumstance or attendant fact to arouse interest. The American people are growing more and more indifferent to their public political affairs, and the Southern people seem to be more so than are the others.
The Picayune is no doubt correct in saying that many men kept away from the polls at the last election, not because of the law, but because of indifference to their civic duties. But it is incontestable that thousands of voters failed to go to the polls by reason of the law and as great a number stamped the emblems and ignored the amendments, or spoiled their ballots if they attempted to do more. The fact that of the 26,000 ballots cast 16,000 contained any expression relative to the amendments proves how ill-prepared is the electorate of the State to exercise the franchise under the present system of voting.
It is evident that great apathy prevails among the voters, and that many of them seem better disposed to be subjects of a sultan than citizens of a republic, but out of this very condition comes the necessity to so frame the laws that people will be drawn to, rather than deterred from, the performance of their civic obligations. Lafayette Gazette 11/29/1902.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 11/29/1902.
Mr. and Mrs. Crow Girard have moved into their new home near the Institute.
The friends of Mrs. Thos. B. Dupre, of Baton Rouge, are pleased to again welcome her to Lafayette. Mrs. Dupre is the guest of Dr. Hopkins' family.
Mr. John Graser and Miss Daisy Mouton were married by Father Bollard last Wednesday at the residence of the bride's father, Mr. A. A. Mouton, in Lafayette.
W. Kennedy, the geologist who is in Lafayette to represent the interests of the Southern Pacific, went to Welsh last week to see the new gusher.
$50.00 Reward. - I will pay fifty dollars reward for the recovery of a gray mare stolen on Friday night, 24th of October, and for the thief, or twenty-five dollars for the mare. She is about 14 1/2 hands, nearly white, fat and fine animal. JOHN PETERS, Keystone Plantation, P. O. St. Martinville, La.
A drunken negro, who rode into town in the blind-baggage of train No. 5 last Tuesday afternoon, was picked up by Officer Campbell and jailed.
Lafayette Gazette 11/29/1902.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 29th, 1902.
The convention of parish school superintendents which convened in New Orleans Tuesday is the first of its kind ever held in the State.
The parish superintendents of all the principal educational institutions were on hand. Louisiana still stands high on the list of states in point of illiteracy. The board is trying to get at the bottom of the cause of this condition by direct information from the parish school superintendents, Dr. Alderman, president of Tulane University, is a member of the board, and is taking a prominent part in its deliberations.
A gentleman posted on the subject said to-day.
"The board believes that the proper way to learn the causes of illiteracy in a state is through the school superintendents, who manage school affairs in the country parishes. Some of the richest men in the United States are interested in its welfare, among them are J. D. Rockefeller and J. Pierpont Morgan and the Drexels. Whatever the cause of the illiteracy, according to the consensus of opinion of the parish superintendents of both the whites and blacks in the outlying country districts of Louisiana. It will be immediately attacked by the board in a most vigorous manner. The board intends to see to it that the condition of illiteracy is eradicated if it be possible to do so."
Lafayette Advertiser 11/29/1902.
Streets of a Town.
The streets of a town, neatly kept, speak for themselves, and too much stress can not be laid upon the importance of having them clean and well cared for. It gives the town an air of respectability and prosperity that impress strangers, and is convincing evidence that the town is very much alive and progressive.
Parsimony in regard to the streets is the antithesis of economy, and sooner or later this statement will be demonstrated. No community can afford to have dirty ill-kept streets or wear an aspect of dilapidation. It must on the contrary always keep it house in order, and he prepared for company. Lafayette Advertiser 11/29/1902.
Anse La Butte.
News from the Anse la Butte field these days is rather scarce. Heywood Bros. are still boring and are as confident as ever of striking a large oil pool. Moresi has discontinued work for the past fifteen days, but they have made a statement as to why they have closed down. Nevertheless, the Advertiser has reason to believe, as does firmly believe, that they have struck plenty of oil. Lafayette Advertiser 11/29/1902.
Mt. Carmel Convent.
Thanksgiving Day was observed at Mt. Carmel Convent by the rendition of a fine program by the pupils. A large crowd of friends and patrons were present and the occasion proved very pleasant indeed.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/29/1902.
The concert given by the Sontag Military Band Friday of last week was a decided success musically and financially. A large crowd was present and enjoyed their delightful music greatly, and by their generous applause testified to the high character of the music, Lafayette certainly has cause to be proud of having such a fine musical organization.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/29/1902.
A Merry Chase Company.
What is said to be the cleverest and funniest Comedy creation of recent years is booked for an early appearance at the Opera House and Manager Bendel is shaking hands with himself and, - metaphorically speaking - throwing bouquets at the same illustrious individual, for his good fortune in securing so successful and thoroughly enjoyable a company as the Lyman Twin Brothers, in their 3rd, and latest edition of "A MERRY CHASE," re-written and rejuvenated according to up-to-date ideas. New songs, new music, new features throughout.
The brothers, Herbert and Walter, recognized everywhere as comedians of a very high order are this season supported by a thoroughly competent and talented company, and one of the best performances of the season may be confidently predicted. The date of their appearance has been definitely decided upon, is so Manager Bendel informs us Saturday, Dec. 6. Lafayette Advertiser 11/29/1902.
Along the Wabash.
"Along The Wabash" an American comedy drama, in four acts, comes to the Opera House Saturday, Nov. 29. As the title would suggest, it is a story of the Hoosier State, of the people dwelling along the historic stream of Indiana. Unlike most rural plays the characters are not overdrawn, but are natural and the play possesses a charm by its simplicity. The first two acts take place in a country settlement along the Wabash River. Them a change is made to a different locality and the last two acts would do credit to a society drama. An honest God fearing old farmer, who has an eye on the Legislature; Little Circus Jim, Jack, an upright city chap, who marries beneath himself; Harry, his friend and a dude compose the principle male parts. The plot hinges around Rose Haskins, the "village belle" and you will follow her with laughter, love and pity throughout the entire play. Unlike comedy dramas the play has no villain. This alone is a treat to the theatre-goers. A country band, just learning to play, the village Glee Club, who sing in the choir on Sunday; Little Circus Jim, Bicycle Expert and the Mud Town Fiddler, in addition to others, form pleasing specialties. There is the usual crowd of country people show men, musicians, to make the piece realistic. Special attention is called by the management of the company to the magnificent set used in the last act, which is owned and carried by the company. Complete even to the furniture, bric-a-brac, statuary, electric effects, etc. Company presenting play is a strong one. The humorous scenes are exceedingly funny and the piece possesses almost every element of success. Lafayette Advertiser 11/29/1902.
The development, by the cooperative work of the board and school patrons, of a modern country school, will powerfully stimulate the educational spirit in all directions, for miles around. Dotting over a country with ideal country schools, one or so in each civil district, or in each grouping of two or three civil districts, will soon make that country a leader in education among the counties of a congressional district. Example is a powerful teacher.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/29/1902.
Christmas Goods. - The stores are all receiving quantities of Christmas goods and Santa Claus will be very evident in Lafayette at the proper time. There are toys in plenty for all the little folks, and enough handsome presents for each and everyone of the "grown ups". From now on the stores will be full of pretty things and it will be a pleasure to go shopping, just to see and admire them. Let us hope Santa Claus won't forget any of us.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/29/1902.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 11/29/1902.
To-day the teachers of this parish will meet at the Primary School and discuss various questions relating to the schools. The meeting will be called to order at 9 a. m., by Supt. Alleman.
An interesting series of races will be run at Surrey Park to-morrow. This will be a prime event, and a large crowd should be in attendance.
We are pleased to state that Mr. Albert Delahoussaye, who has been very ill in New Orleans, has returned home very much better and will probably be entirely well in a few days.
The Musical Macks are with the Anna Marvin Stock Company at the Opera House Sunday night.
Appropriate Thanksgiving exercises were held at the High and Primary schools on Wednesday evening. Thursday was given as a holiday.
Thanksgiving day all the schools gave holiday and the Catholic and Methodist churches held special services.
Appropriate Thanksgiving exercises were held at the High and Primary schools on Wednesday evening, Thursday was given as a holiday.
The Anna Marvin Stock Co. will begin 4 fays engagement at the Opera House Sunday night Nov. 30, in Mark Swans Sensational Mel0-Drama,"A Man of Mystery."
So realistic is "Along the Washbash" that you can hear the birds sing, Falk's Opera House Saturday, Nov. 29.
We beg to notify the public in general that we can furnish cotton seed hull up to December 10th, 1902, and after that date we will not be able to furnish any more for the season. So would advise everyone to lay in their supplies by Dec. 10th, 1902. - People's Cotton Oil Co.
Mr. Emile Hauptman, an experienced piano tuner, will be in Lafayette to-day. Those whose pianos are in want of attention should take advantage of Mr. Hauptman's stay her, and avail themselves of his services. Orders may be left at this office.
The Ladies of the Episcopal Guild wish to announce that they will have a dinner, novelty table, grab bag on Saturday, Dec. 20th, and a concert in the evening and promises a good time to all that come.
To-day the teachers of the parish will meet at the Primary School and discuss various questions relating to the schools. The meeting will be called to order at 9 a. ., by Supt. Alleman.
An interesting series of races will be run at Surrey Park to-morrow. This will be a prime event, and a large crowd should be in attendance. Lafayette Advertiser 11/29/1902.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 29th, 189o:
THE BROTHERHOOD BALL.
The boys of Morgan's Lodge No. 317, Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, even exceeded their former success upon the occasion of their 2nd annual grand ball at Falk's Hall, Saturday, Nov. 22nd. Gaining from experience, they were more profuse in their decorations; the various emblems of the order, in fact, almost every accoutrement connected with their daily duties, (except a locomotive), were systematically arranged and lavishly decorated. One striking feature was an immense cornucopia of natural flowers, several feet in diameter at the large end, reaching from the ceiling to the floor. Another decoration, pathetic in its mute appeal, and which perhaps was scarcely noticed by any save the Brotherhood, was a brake wheel, wrapped with mourning and wreathed with flowers, with one spoke broken out, symbolic of the recent violent death of one of their members - T. J. Boudreaux. Poor boy! his name was on the Reception Committee for this ball. Upon entering the hall one was at once struck with the beauty and fitness of the surroundings. A large and happy throng of ladies and gentlemen had gathered, many from surrounding towns. The bell was tapped as a signal for the festivities to begin, when Capt. F. C. Triay stepped gracefully upon the stage and delivered the following address of welcome:
Ladies and Gentlemen: It certainly affords me the greatest pleasure to extend to you in behalf of the officers and members of Morgan Lodge No. 317, our sincere thanks for your kind and liberal patronage. It certainly has added greatly to the order, and each and every member of M. L. No. 317, our sincere thanks for your kind and liberal patronage. It certainly has added greatly to the financial success of our noble order, and each and every member of M. L. No. 317 will forever remember and appreciate the same. But I can assure you the amount we have realized by and through your liberal patronage is for a noble and worthy cause.
But, my good friends, there is not one half of you in this Hall this evening that realize the hazardous duties which are daily assigned to each and every Trainman in general, from the Engineer to the little red caboose behind the train. And to convince you more fully that the life of a trainman, especially that of a brakeman, is hazardous to a degree which only men of brave hearts can contemplate with composure, I will recall to your memory the names of Jno. G. Younger and T. J. Boudreaux, two young and worthy brakemen, who met with such an untimely fate on November 19th, 1889, and November 1st, 1890; they were at their post of duty, ever watchful and ready for any emergency; they were nearing home again where all earthly treasures are, oblivious of impending danger, their hearts beating warm with emotion of love.
I will now endeavor to explain to you the scene of the Brotherhood Chart.
(Here we explained the Brotherhood chart.)
As our Grand Master S. E. Wilkinson said in his address at the Los Angeles Convention: "You have heard a good deal about a Railroad brakemen, it often used to be said it only took a new suit of clothes and a big drink of whiskey to make a good brakemen, but we don't have to be fired with that kind of ardor any more; those days are gone, thank God! and to-day we are using our influence by shutting up the rum shops by not patronizing them. A new era has dawned and the future is bright with promise."
A few more moments, kind and attentive friends, as I wish to recite to you one of the pleasantest incidents of the Convention, which was the presentation of the American flag to the Brotherhood by Mrs. Anna Hendricks Warner. Mrs. Warner's grand father was a patriot of the American revolution and possessed a spirits of independence characteristic of those times. When dying he declared that the only monument he desired, was the purchase of a flag, to be in after years presented to some labor organization noted for its sterling worth and independence. While looking down from a window at the parade on the opening day of the Convention, Mrs. Warner concluded that it was the finest representative body of young men she had ever encountered, and accordingly awarded them the flag. There is something decidedly complimentary in the fact that after being held in trust so many years, awaiting a suitable destiny, this flag was, in a country filled with labor organizations, presented to the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen.
I extend to you our most sincere thanks and hope that each and all will enjoy themselves to their heart's content. The band will now favor you with a grand march.
Then the fun commenced, and dancing, promenading and feasting were indulged in until a late hour. The occasion was one of the utmost harmony and éclat, and adds another feather to the cap of the Brotherhood. We have heard several parties remark, that the Brotherhood do certainly give the most successful and thoroughly enjoyable entertainments of any of the public balls. Lafayette Advertiser 11/29/1890.
Church Fair. - Bear in mind that the fair for the benefit of St. John's Church commences to-day, and lasts through into Sunday night. The ladies and children have exerted themselves to the utmost, and have a collection of articles and attractions that cannot fail to draw custom. Judging from the programme, the concerts to be given by the young ladies and gentlemen at the hall Saturday and Sunday nights will be a rare musical treat. Admission only 25 cents. Lafayette Advertiser 11/29/1890.
What came near being a serious accident happened to Mr. Locke Breaux and Mr. Arthur Greig Tuesday morning just before noon. They were driving Col. Gus. A. Breaux's spanking team of bays. One of the team took fright in front of the Moss Pharmacy, and swerving broke the buggy pole. They them ran to the corner in front of Lacoste's, and turning in towards the hotel ran a wheel into the ditch and struck a bridge. Mr. Breaux was thrown out landing on his side, and escaped with a few bruises. Mr. Greig was less fortunate. As he was thrown out on his face and came in contact with some portion of the buggy, inflicting a severe cut upon the nose, though fortunately not breaking it. The buggy was badly wrecked. The horses were soon captured without having done any damage to themselves or the harness.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/29/1890.
City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., Nov. 27, 1890.
A special meeting of the City Council was held this day; and the Mayor calling attention to the death of Councilman O. J. Sprole, which sad event took place on yesterday afternoon, it was moved and adopted that a committee of three members be appointed forthwith to draft resolutions expressive of the sense of the Council on the death of Mr. Sprole; and the Mayor thereupon appointed Messrs. Mouton, Parkerson and Lombard said committee.
The committee having retired, shortly reported the following, which was unanimously adopted:
WHEREAS, Almighty God, the Creator and Ruler of the Universe, has in His inscrutable wisdom removed from among us our worthy friend and colleague, OSCAR J. SPROLE, That the City Council of Lafayette by his death loses a member who was conscientious and upright in the discharge of duty, faithful to the trust imposed upon him by the, and ever courteous and affable in all his relations with his fellow members.
Resolved, further, That we deplore the loss of our colleague, taken this in the prime of life, with ties dear and tender binding him to the earth, but bow in humble submission to the will of Him who doeth all things well.
Resolved, That we tender the family of the deceased a copy of these resolutions in token of our sympathy for them in their hour of deep distress; and that they be spread on the minutes.
By the committee: J. O, MOUTON, J. G. PARKERSON, F. LOMBARD.
The Council thereupon adjourned.
W. B. BAILEY, Mayor.
CHAS. D. CAFFERY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/29/1890.
Sheriff Broussard Ties the Knot. - Last week our Sheriff, I. A. Broussard, with his beautiful and accomplished bride, returned to Lafayette from Jewet, Texas, where our faithful Sheriff had captured Mrs. Broussard nee Daughty. With their many friends we extend our congratulations and best wishes for their future happiness, and trust that among our people Mrs. Broussard may find that pleasant association and congenial companionship that goes so far to make up the sum and substance of human happiness. Lafayette Advertiser 11/29/1890.
The Gulf Publishing Company has commenced the work of collecting data for a large Octavo page book on Southwest Louisiana. The territory embraced is: St. Landry, St. Martin, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Mary, Calcasieu, Acadia and Vermilion parishes. The work will be divided in three parts:
1st. A chapter on the resources of each of the parishes mentioned.
2nd. A history of each parish, embracing the following among other topics: Geography, Topography, Pioneer Settlement, Organization of Parishes, Subsequent History, Military History; Courts, the bench and bar; Medical Societies, Schools, Churches and Social Organization.
3rd. A select number of biographical and business sketches, with genealogies of the oldest families.
There has never before been a work of this character attempted here, and this should receive the support of every good citizen.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/29/1890.
Accident With Injuries. - What came near being a serious accident happened to Mr. S. Locke Breaux and Mr. Arthur Greig. Tuesday morning just before noon. They were driving Col. Gus A. Breaux's spanking team of bays. One of the team took fright in front of the Moss Pharmacy, and swerving broke the buggy pole. They then ran to the corner in front of Lacoste's, and turning in towards the hotel ran a wheel into the ditch and struck a bridge. Mr. Breaux was thrown out landing on his side, and escaped with a few bruises. Mr. Greig was less fortunate. As he was thrown out his face came in contact with some portion of the buggy, inflicting a severe cut upon the nose, though fortunately not breaking it. The buggy was badly wrecked. The horses were soon captured without having done any damage to themselves or the harness. Lafayette Advertiser 11/29/1890.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 11/29/1890.
The weather during the week has been fair and altogether propitious for our farmers.
Mr. B. Falk has built a storehouse on Lincoln avenue, opposite D. J. Veazey's storehouse, in which Mr. Sullivan, of Capt. Ross's Bridge force, has recently opened a store.
A few days ago a friend handed us four red canes grown on his place near town, which are decidedly the finest we have seen this year. They are large and heavy, and two of them measure over ten feet in length.
Mrs. E. S. Allingham, of Algiers, was in town last week visiting her son John F., and brought home Master H. Banks. Allingham, who has been visiting his grand parents.
Mrs. John Coniff, who for the past month has been the guest of her sister, Mrs. John Hahn, at the Crescent and News Hotel, returned with her husband to their home in New Orleans Sunday.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/29/1890.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 29th, 1879:
On Tuesday the 25th inst., one branch of the Democratic canvassing party consisting of Gen. R. L. Gibson, Member of Congress from the First District, Hons. Don Caffery, Jos. A. Breaux, W. A. Strong and Col. R. N. Ogden arrived here to fill the appointment as fixed by the State Central Committee. The party was increased by the presence of Hon. R. S. Perry. Democratic nominee for Senator from this district. The absence of Gov. Wiltz was a sore disappointment to our people and great regret was expressed when it was generally known that illness was the cause of his not being with us - and though we were disappointed in not having him with us we hope to hear that his disposition in not having him with us we hope to hear that indisposition is of short duration and that he speaks elsewhere before the campaign is ended.
Early in the day people began to assemble in town from the country, and very soon quite a concourse had gathered in the square and principle streets. There was no booming of cannon nor martial array, but there was that in every man's face which made us think that though the people of Lafayette were not demonstrative as a rule - they generally did their duty when it was time to go to the polls.
As the hour of 12 approached, the concourse, inspired by strains of music produced by our brass band, moved to the northern end of town where the stand had been erected for the speakers. At the time agreed upon, the meeting was called to order by Chas. D. Caffery, Esq., chairman of the parish executive committee. John Clegg, Esq., was called to preside and the following vice-presidents were elected: Ernest Potier, Dr. W. H. Cunningham, Victor Martin, Dr. N. D. Young and Col. John R. Creighton.
After a few introductory remarks by the President - Hon. W. A. Strong was presented as first on the programme. He thanked the people of this parish for their renewed expression of confidence in him, and endorsement of his course as Secretary of State. He further stated that he was no part of a speaker - and retired. Mr. Strong is a true Democrat and an upright official.
Robert S. Perry, Esq., was next introduced. In the course of a telling speech, Mr. Perry reviewed and compared the Democratic and Republican parties and their different achievements. He plainly showed that the Republican party was "of fraudulent birth and reared in corruption." It is our hope to see Mr. Perry the chosen representative of the 11th Senatorial District.
Hon. Don. Caffery followed in a ringing speech, and - to use a pugilistic expression - he went for the constitution of '68 "without gloves." He said it was fearfully and wonderfully made. He examined the new constitution and showed clearly its vast superiority over that of '68. His scathing rebuke of the Radical party deserves special mention, - he warned the people against this hydra-headed monster of Radicalism, under whatever garb it might appear. Mr. Caffery is a forcible speaker and his speech was loudly applauded.
Hon. Jos. A. Breaux was next introduced. Mr. Breaux is not an entire stranger to the people of this parish and his eloquent speech will far to infuse enthusiasm in those who heard him. He addressed the audience in both the English and the French languages and urged our people not to neglect to register or fail to vote - for the new constitution and Louis A. Wiltz.
That sterling and stalwart Democrat Gen. Randall L. Gibson, in his turn was presented to the assembly and treated them to a strong, forcible and common sense speech. His enunciation of Democratic doctrine - his eulogy of the party and the review of its history was loudly and frequently applauded. We know Gen. Gibson to be a good Democrat, but he evidently holds the good of his country above all party consideration. In alluding to this parish, a beautiful tribute was paid to Gen. Lafayette. We are sure that a lasting impression was made on those who heard this speech.
Col. Wm. Mouton, of Vermilion, was then called and responded in a short and eloquent speech.
Judge Ed. E. Mouton being also called upon addressed the audience in French. The Judge in his happiest style reminded his hearers of their responsibilities as citizens.
The Hyperion brass band, under the leadership of Mr. Palmer, was present and its music was properly appreciated.
The meeting passed off pleasantly and harmoniously. On the whole we have only two things to regret - the absence of Gov. Wiltz and the illness of Col. Ogden. Lafayette Advertiser 11/29/1879.
Tuesday night a large company of gentlemen, accompanied by the Hyperion band appeared at the residence of Mr. Will. Clegg to serenade Secretary of State Strong and Col. Robt. N. Ogden, of Orleans, who were the guests of Mr. Clegg.
After several airs had been played by the band, the calls for Ogden could not be stilled ; although suffering greatly he appeared upon the porch and began to make excuses. While explaining his absence from the mass meeting and making excuses he would wring cheer after cheer from the company with his bursts of eloquence. His fame as a speaker was too well known to permit him to go with a simple good night.
After more music, Mr. Strong was called to the front and in his straight forward manly way, made a deep impression in the hearts of all present. Strong is the pet of Louisiana.
After music again by the band, the company entered the house and for a short while all joined in making music with "clinking" of glasses and parted with a toast to the "Strong" ticket. Lafayette Advertiser 11/29/1879.
The following are the polling places in this parish.
First precinct - at Ursin Cormier's.
Second precinct - at Pierre Richard's.
Third precinct - at Ford Hoffpauir's.
Fourth precinct - at Alcide Trahan's.
Fifth precinct - at St. Clair Kilchrist's.
Sixth precinct - at the Court House.
Seventh precinct - at the school house near Ed. J. Broussard's.
Eight precinct - at Royville.
Ninth precinct - Broussardville.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/29/1879.
CENTREPORT - head of low-water navigation - Vermilion Bayou.
ARRIVALS: Steamer Mattie from Morgan City, Nov. 24.
DEPARTURES: Steamer Mattie for Morgan City, Nov 25.
The Steamer Exchange had not arrived yesterday morning, but was momentarily expected.
Stage of water, quite low.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/29/1879.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 29th, 1873:
Ousting of Teacher; a Rumor?
The report is current in our town that Mr. J. R. Freeman, the accomplished gentleman and efficient school teacher, who is now and has been employed for two years or more by our Parish School Board, as teacher of the Vermilionville school, is to be ousted. Rumor says it is because he would not sign a certain petition addressed to Kellogg for the pardon of a notorious thief who was convicted at the last term of the District Court and sentenced to one year in the State Penitentiary.
We hope that these reports may prove to be incorrect, but should they be true we will be heard from again. Lafayette Advertiser 11/29/1873.
Mr. P. Beau, one of the bakers of our town, was robbed on Wednesday evening by two negroes, of his money box containing valuable papers, bread tickets and about twelve dollars in money.
We learn that the public road between Vermilionville and St. Martinville, New Iberia, and Royville is in a horrible condition, particularly that portion of the road near Mr. Gustave Mouton's plantation which is now impassable ; and we are told that the individual who contracted to repair that portion of the road, had left it in worse condition than ever, and that he is charging persons who are compelled to travel that route, exorbitant prices to pass through his enclosures. Can't the members of the Police Jury for the 4th and 8th wards do something towards alleviating this burden on the traveling public ?
The attention of the reader is called to the card of our young friend and fellow townsman, L. P. Revillon, Esq., published in another column. Mr. Revillon will promptly attend to all business entrusted to his care. His office is on Main street opposite Mr. Wm. Campbell's store.
C. P. Connelly, the well known grocer near the Catholic church, has received a lot of good things. Give him a call when you have time and money to spare and see for yourselves the quality of his goods and the moderate prices.
What is the use of sending elsewhere for furniture, when M. P. Young & Co. can supply you with any kind of furniture you need as cheap as you can buy them in New Orleans.
FRESH GROCERIES. - If you want fresh groceries, call at M. P. Young & Co's. establishment, corner of Washington and Vermilion streets. They have just received a full supply of sugar cured hams, which are selling at 12 1/2 to 15 cents per pound and bacon shoulders at 8 to 10 cts. per pound. They have also rice, flour, sugar, coffee, and green and can fruits of all kinds.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/29/1873.
Petroleum. - Considering the various theories in regard to the origin of petroleum, Mr. Edward Orton, in the last report of the Unified States Geological Survey, finds the following to be the best supported propositions:
1. Petroleum is derived from organic matter.
2. It is much more largely derived from vegetable than from animal substances.
3 Petroleum of the Pennsylvania type is derived from the organic matter of bituminous shale, and is of vegetable origin.
4. Petroleum of the Canada type is derived from limestone, and is of animal origin.
5. Petroleum has been produced at normal rock temperatures (in Ohio fields), and is not a product of bituminous shale.
6. The stock of petroleum in the rocks already practically complete.
Original source unknown. In the Lafayette Advertiser 11/29/1890.