From the Lafayette Gazette of November 3rd, 1900:
PAPER MILL IN CROWLEY?
Messrs. Duson Say it is Certain to be Established at Crowley.
The following from the Times-Democrat is self-explanatory.
"Crowley, La., Oct. 27, 1900.
"Mr. Walter Parker, Care Times Democrat, New Orleans, La.
"Dear Sir - We have your valued favor of the 25th instant, and note that Mr. Baker, your editor and manager, would like some special information on the subject of a new paper factory to be started in Crowley.
"The facts are that we have labored long and earnestly to secure the location of such an enterprise in our city, appreciating the benefits that would accrue to our rice growers if they were placed in a position where they could dispose of the thousands of tons of straw that are annually burned up on these prairies. To this end we have, on several occasions, tried to interest parties in this matter. At one time we baled a carload of this straw, sending ot to Dayton, O., for experimental purposes, the results of which were extremely satisfactory, but on account of lack of capital, up to the present time, we have been unable to secure the 'coveted prize.' We have now at our command about $150,000 of Eastern money to carry on the work; our people here will take $35,000 worth of the stock. It is contemplated to organize a stock company and build a plant that will consume fifty tons of rice straw per day, make-up in various kinds of paper, including print and book paper as well as wrapping and blotting paper. We have every assurance in the world from some of the best expert paper makers in America that the plant as we have outlined it, will be successful. It has been thoroughly investigated by Eastern parties, and the men who are putting their money into it are willing to back the scheme as heavily as needed.
W. W. DUSON & BRO.
Lafayette Gazette 11/3/1900.
Organized With a Large Membership - Twenty-eight Teachers Attend the Meeting.
The opening meeting for the new term of the Teacher's Institute of Lafayette Parish, was held at the Lafayette Primary School on Saturday Oct. 27, 1900.
Institute Conductor W. A. LeRosen called the meeting to order with a few practical remarks and was followed by Prof. E. L. Stephens who favored the Institute with a helpful talk containing valuable suggestions relative to the plan of work to be adopted by the Institute.
Nomination for secretary now being in order, Miss Lizzie Mudd was elected. The following teachers were enrolled: Misses Philomene Doucet, S. M. McLaurin, Nella Alpha, Maggie Bagnal, Maria Bagnal, Stella Guilbeau, Agnes Guilbeau, Graziella Francez, Virgie Younger, Mary Webb, M. E. Olivier, Lizzie G. Mudd and Mrs. Ida H. DeLaney; Messrs. R. H. Broussard, Notley Arceneaux, C. K. Olivier, Ovey F. Comeaux, Edward Parent, G. H. Alway, J. A. Flechet, O. S. Doulanger, H. Wagner, Philip Martin, J. C. Martin, J. W. Faulk, H. E. Toll, Chas. A. Boudreaux and W. A. LeRosen, Dr. N. P. Moss, Supt. H. C. Wallis and Prof. E. L. Stephens were enrolled as associate members. A motion was made by Prof. E. L. Stephens, seconded by Dr. N. P. Moss, that a practice class be held as a part of the regular monthly program of the Institute. Carried.
Prof. H. E. Toll, Prof. E. L. Stephens and Miss M. E. Olivier were appointed a committee to carry out all plans of the Institute work.
A program committee, composed of Mrs. Ida H. DeLaney, Prof. E. L. Stephens and Mr. Robt. H. Broussard, was also appointed.
It was moved by Mr. H. E. Toll, seconded by Mr. G. H. Alway that the hour for the meeting of the Institute be changed to 10 o'clock a. m. Carried.
The following program for the next meeting of the Institute was submitted by the program committee:
The Institute then adjourned to meet on Nov. 24, 1900.
Lafayette Gazette 11/3/1900.
Miss Doucet Appointed.
The appointing committee of the School Board has appointed Miss Philomene Doucet to the Whittington school to replace Miss M. E. Olivier who has taken charge of the Blanchet school. The appointment of Miss Doucet to the Whittington school has caused a vacancy in the Burt school which was filled by the appointment of Miss Dora Wimberly, or Rayne.
Lafayette Gazette 11/3/1900.
The religieuses of the Sacred Heart at Grand Coteau, cordially invite their old pupils to attend the celebration of the centenary anniversary of the foundation of the Society of the Sacred Heart, Wednesday, November twenty-first, nineteen hundred. Those who accept the invitation are kindly requested to notify the convent as soon as possible. Lafayette Gazette 11/3/1900.
Last Wednesday Capt. J. C. Buchanan and Mr. Frank G. Mouton, acting as Police Jurors of this ward, received bids for the working of the public roads, embracing altogether forty miles. There were two bids received, one from Sidney Martin and the other from August Arnault. Mr. Martin offered to do the work for two years a yearly consideration of $800, reserving the privilege of renewing the contract at the end of the two years. Mr. Arnault offered to do the work for $950 a year. Action in the matter was deferred until Saturday. Lafayette Gazette 11/3/1900.
A PECULIAR SUIT
Before Judge Bienvenu - Grows Out of an Effort to Abolish the "Lagniappe" Custom.
A number of merchants doing business near the Southern Pacific station entered into an agreement some time ago to abolish the time honored custom of giving "lagniappe." In order to make the agreement binding upon all parties, it was stipulated that any violation of its terms would be punished by the payment of $10, the amount to be divided among the parties.
In accordance with the provisions of the compact the little boy who made his purchases about the depot felt that one of his dearest privileges had been ruthlessly taken from him by one of those remorseless trusts which had even dared to trample upon a sacred and inalienable right of the American youth.
The "lagniappe trust" worked smoothly enough for a while, but the small boy had hardly surrendered his inestimable right of holding up the grocery man when it was whispered on the avenue that Alcide Naome, one of the trust magnates, did not adhere to the conditions of the agreement.
Last Monday a suit was filed in Judge Bienvenu's court charging Naome with a violation of the compact and suing for the payment of the penalty of $10. The case has been fixed for trial to-morrow. The result is awaited with much interest, particularly by the merchants who welcome a means of getting rid of the lagniappe custom which they consider a great nuisance. Lafayette Gazette 11/3/1900.
All Saints' Day.
This most beautiful and ennobling feast was observed by the community last Thursday. Flowers, both natural and artificial, were carried to the cemeteries and placed upon the resting places of the dead. During the day thousands of people visited the graves of departed relatives and friends. In the Catholic cemetery where the number of graves is very large, the scene was extremely imposing. Flowers delicately interwoven were deposited on the numerous tombs, speaking in mute eloquence of the love of the living for those who rest in eternal sleep. Lafayette Gazette 11/3/1900.
Commissioners of Election.
Lafayette, La., Oct. 2, 1900.
By virtue of the authority vested in us by law, we, the undersigned members of the Board of Supervisors in and for the Parish of Lafayette, La., do hereby appoint the following commissioners of election and clerk at the presidential election to be held on Tuesday, the 6th day of November, 1900, as follows:
(Signed) ARTHUR COMEAUX,
Member appointed by Police Jury, A. M. MARTIN, Assessor and Registrar.
Lafayette Gazette 11/3/1900.
THE POLICE JURY
Holds a Regular Monthly Meeting and Transacts Much Business.
The Police Jury met last Thursday with the following members present: J. C. Buchanan, F. G. Mouton, J. A. Labbe, Saul Broussard, Alonzo Lacy and Alex M. Broussard. Absent: M. Billeaud, Jr., Jno. Whittington and J. O. Blanchet.
The president being absent Mr. Labbe was elected president pro tem.
Messrs. Mouton and Buchanan asked that their votes be recorded nay on the resolution accepting the proposition of Mr. T. J. Breaux at last meeting to remit penalties and interest on judgment for delinquent liquor licenses. So ordered.
By motion of Mr. Mouton a reward of $10 was offered for the conviction of any person guilty of injuring any bridge or other public property or of placing obstructions in the public road.
Deputy Thos. Mouton was authorized to proceed to Jackson, La., to take charge of Emile Hebert, colored insane, and returns said insane to this parish to be cared for.
The resignation of Dr. DeLaureal was accepted, the doctor insisting upon this action.
Sheriff Broussard was authorized to proceed to the collection of all delinquent special and road taxes and he be allowed same costs as in collection of regular taxes.
By motion of Mr. Mouton, the drainage fund of each ward was placed to the credit of the special road fund.
A public road in the 2d ward through the properties of Burton Smith, Oneal Foreman and others was accepted by donation.
By motion Messrs. F. G. Mouton, J. A. Labbe and R. C. Grieg were appointed to estimate the probable expenses of the parish for the year 1901. The same committee was authorized to check up sheriff's account of taxes for 1899 and grant him a quietus. Lafayette Gazette 11/3/1900.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 11/3/1900.
Dr. John Monboules, of Rayne, came to Lafayette last Monday on professional business.
Let Lafayette give Bob Broussard a big majority over Williams. Williams has no claim to the suffrage of the voters of this parish. Bob Broussard has.
A meeting of Gen. Gardner Camp, No. 580, U. C. V's., will be held at the court-house in Lafayette, La., on Sat. Nov. 17, at 10 o'clock sharp.
There will be a series of revival services at the Presbyterian church, beginning Friday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 o'clock. All denominations welcome.
We call attention of the Democrats to the arrogant claim of the Republicans that Lafayette is in the doubtful column. The best was for every Democrat to refute that slander is to stamp the rooster next Tuesday.
Judge Debaillion was busy holding court in Crowley during the week.
Come up to the Century Club Tuesday night where you will be permitted to read the election bulletins for 50 cents.
Lafayette Gazette 11/3/1900.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 3rd, 1894:
Republican Rule in the U. S.
Republican rule in the United States has a record behind it that far from substantiates the oft vaunted claims made by that party's orators on the hustings, that under the beneficent influences of the faultless doctrine of the g. o. p. the country has always experienced long eras of uninterrupted prosperity.
The appended facts are submitted by the New York World of Oct. 19th, in refutation of the statement made by ex Speaker Thomas B. Reed in a speech delivered in New York city in which he said "another thing which led this whole country into the error of 1892 was the history of the last 30 years. During all that time we had been prosperous."
This cold, colossal and impudent falsification of history must have astonished business men among his bearers whose memories are more than one year long. The panic of 1878, under the republican rule and after twelve years of high tariff taxation, was the most disastrous, and the period of business depression for five years thereafter was the most severe of any in our history. It was officially estimated that 8,000,000 workingmen were out of employment. Bankruptcy was wide-spread. A tidal wave of ruin and distress swept over the country.
From 1881 to 1886, under two Republican tariffs, there were labor strikes involving 22,804 establishments and 1,823, 209 workmen. Of these strikes 9439 were for increase of wages and 4344 against reductions of wages.
Mr. Reed's party tinkered the tariff in 1888. In that year there were 9184 business failures, involving $172,874,000. In the next year, still under the Republican tariff and currency laws, there was a general business depression. More than 1,000,000 men were out of employment.
In 1890 the McKinley bill was passed, and there were 6,878 failures in that year and 12,394 the next, with liabilities in each year amounting to nearly $200,000,000. The tariff was raised to nearly 50 per cent, (unreadable words) either stood still or declined, while prices of necessities advanced. The protected (unreadable words) kept all their "bonus," as usual.
Tramps and trusts, the twin products of a monopolist's tariff, were practically unknown in this country until we had endured uninterrupted Republican rule for a dozen years.
The worst labor troubles, the bloodiest riots, the most destructive strikes, the most brutal lockout ever known in any country have occurred here under the high tariffs brought made and paid for by the contributors of the Republican campaign funds.
The panic of last year was started under the McKinley tariff, and when it was known that no change could take place for a year to come. It was due chiefly to the unsettlement of currency by the Republican silver and inflation law. But the old trouble of a market glutted with goods under the enticement of tariff bounties contributed to the trouble.
The financial and industrial history of the past thirty years is simply a succession of short bursts of stimulated activity, interrupted by collapses, panics and long periods of depression and distress. For Mr. Reed to speak of it as a period of uninterrupted prosperity is to insult the intelligence of his hearers.
Original source not credited. Printed in the Lafayette Advertiser of November 3rd, 1894.
REPUBLICAN MASS MEETING
Of Last Saturday.
As per announcement by posters a Republican mass meeting was held at Falk's opera house, last Wednesday evening. An audience of about 250 persons was present, composed of dyed-in-the-wool Republicans, new converts and a goodly proportion of clean-cut Democrats who were desirous of hearing the "other side" of the question discussed. Several ladies, also, graced the occasion with their presence.
The meeting was called to order by Mr. F. Otto, who requested Mr. J. M. Jones, of Carencro, to act as chairman. Dr. H. D. Guidry was nominated for secretary and served in that capacity. The following named gentlemen acted as vice-presidents and occupied seats on the platform; Hugh Hutchinson, Aurelien Primeaux, J. G. Parkerson, Andrew Cayard, Benj. F. Flanders, Jr.
The president appointed the following committee on resolutions: Paul Demanade, Will Cayard, T. J. Breaux E. Romero, H. D. Guidry and J. G. Parkerson.
Col. Gus. A. Breaux engaged the attention of the assembly for one hour and a half in a presentment of the doctrine of protection, in the french language. He maintained that the best interests of Louisiana, and especially South Louisiana, would be safer and would receive direct recognition, if placed in the keeping of the national Republican party. He was heartily applauded at intervals during his speaking by that element present in the assembly, in sympathy with the sentiments he expressed.
Judge Taylor Beattie, the Republican standard bearer, next addressed the meeting but was prevented from making the able exposition of his party's platform which he is capable, on account of the extreme hoarseness of his voice. This incident was much regretted by many who had come purposely to hear him speak. Under a painful strain he labored to establish the facts and figures the fallacies and democratic ideas of government against which stood in bold relief the beauties and perfections of a political organization founded and reared on protection for all industries. Much of the effect of Judge Beattie's argument could not be appreciated on account of the bad state of his throat, and recognizing this fact he brought to his talk to an early close.
At the conclusion of Judge Beattie's speech his candidacy was endorsed by his supporters, by the following resolution:
Resolved, That we, the citizens of the parish of Lafayette, do hereby ratify and endorse the nomination of Taylor Beattie for congressman from the Third congressional district, and pledge him our undivided support.
The Crowley brass band enlivened the proceedings of the day with spirited music. The band paraded the streets of the town, also, in wagons bearing on their sides pieces of cotton bunting on which incribed figures contrasting the market prices of cane and cotton under Democracy, or free-trade (not tariff for revenue, only) and Republican high protective tariff. The comparison made showed up vastly in the favor of high tariff. Lafayette Advertiser 11/3/1894.
Do Your Own Thinking.
The capitulation of this article is suggested by personal observations we have made in Lafayette, and refers to town and country folk alive. We will be general in our remarks, as to particularize might cause a degree of displeasure in some quarters that this dissertation is not calculated to arouse.
The formation of habit of critically examining every statement, whether it be oral or printed, is of inestimable value. There has been a vast amount of harm done in the world by persons unthinkingly accepting as true anything that may have the approval of those who are supposed to be most infallible. The habit of carefully weighing every statement to see whether it be true, or false, often serves a most useful purpose, and persons having this habit think more clearly and reason more correctly than those who usually let others do their thinking for them. Do not understand us as implying that the advice and counsel of painstaking, conscientious thinkers is unsafe to follow as a general rule. The usually well balanced minds of such persons arrive at conclusions that may be considered a universally safe guide for the unthinking members of the human family, but nevertheless, the advantage of being capable of analyzing for one's self, the deductions of others has a value that cannot be measured.
Today, throughout the civilized world, there are teachers and leaders who endeavor to make the people believe their sophistries concerning the great questions that relate to humanity. In books and newspapers are published such specious and absurd theories about politics, currency, capital, labor, free trade, tariff, and all the weightier questions of life that even the most highly trained minds for thinking become confused in endeavoring to solve the ever multiplying problems.
However it is not for the solution of unprovable theories, but to be able to deal intelligently with the more practical questions of everyday life that we should all learn how to think each one for himself, and, as the faculty for doing this may be largely developed by cultivation none should neglect to acquire this most excellent and highly useful habit. Lafayette Advertiser 11/3/1894.
Dr. P. M. Girard, of Scott, authorizes the statement that there is no foundation whatever for the report current that he was recently held up on the public highway by armed negroes and made to retrace his steps under threat of bodily harm. Lafayette Advertiser 11/3/1894.
Base Ball. - Perseverance Baseball Club of Lafayette crossed bats with the Grand Coteau nine at Carencro, last Sunday. A large crowd of people was present to witness the game. The score stood 30 for Lafayette to 10 for Grand Coteau, when the game closed.
Laf. Advertiser 11/3/1894.
Tramps Abound. - The town has been over-run with the migratory tramp for several days past, keeping housewives in constant dread of the nuisances they commit. The police should pay particular attention to this class of gentry and not allow them to tarry long in our midst, as their presence is to be considered highly undesirable under all circumstances. Lafayette Gazette 11/3/1894.
Plans to Truck-Farm. - Mr. O. Kilpatrick, an enterprising farmer who recently purchased the tract of land at Pin Hook, known as the Knight property, intends to engage in truck farming on an extended scale for the New Orleans market. He feels confident this can be made to pay. We hope Mr. Kilpatrick will meet with success in the carrying out of his plans and that the success of his venture will furnish and object lesson to others or our farmers by which they will care to profit.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/3/1894.
Changes at Hohorst's Store. - We had the occasion to visit the store of Mr. H. H. Hohorst recently and noted some drastic changes in the arrangement of his stock necessitated by the addition of a new line of goods (groceries), that Mr. Hohorst has lately made. The entire west side of the building is now taken up with a tasteful array of staple and fancy groceries and the hardware stock has been shifted from the west to the east side of the room. Mr. Hohorst is a native of Galveston, Texas, but a residency of many years in Lafayette causes him to be regarded as a home boy and serving young business man. The Emanuel Pellerin is the affable and efficient assistant of Mr. Hohorst.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/3/1894.
Some miscreant, under the influence of liquor, discharged a firearm at Mr. Walter Mouton's residence whilst passing it from the street, last Sunday night, and the bullet shattered a large pane of glass in one of the parlor windows. Lafayette Advertiser 11/3/1894.
Should Buy at Home.
Some of the people of Lafayette who talk the most about the scarcity of money in circulation make it a regular practice to send to distant markets for almost every little thing they need that could be procured of nearly any retail store in town. By their own acts they are directly contributing to the scarcity of money of which they complain and if their sort composed a majority of the population they would send out of the country all money there was in it. Lafayette Advertiser 11/3/1894.
All Saints' Day.
The observance of All Saints' Day at St. John's Catholic church was complete and grand in accordance with the custom of the church. The large edifice could not accommodate the vast congregation. Owing to the crowded state of the building a young man by the name of Steiner, fainted, and several persons were compelled to withdraw during the course of the service on account of a feeling of suffocation. Rev. Father Butler, S. J., preached an eloquent and impressive sermon. Lafayette Advertiser 11/3/1894.
Pursuant to the provisions of Act 181 of 1894, the qualified electors of the Parish of Lafayette, La., are hereby notified that an election will be held throughout the Parish, on Tuesday the 6th day, of November 1894, from 6 o'clock in the forenoon, until 7 o'clock in the afternoon, for the purpose of electing a Representative to the 54th congress of the United States, from the Third Congressional District.
The following polls will be opened in each election precinct from and to the hours above mentioned, for the purpose of receiving the votes of the qualified electors of the Parish of Lafayette, to-wit:
In testimony whereof we have hereto affixed our signatures, at the town of Lafayette, on this 18th day of October, 1894.
ARTHUR GREIG, HARRISON THEALL, Supervisors of election parish of Lafayette, La.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/3/1894.
Lafayette, La., Oct. 29th, 1894.
The Police Jury met this day in regular session with the following members present: J. G. St. Julien, R. C. Landry, R. C. Landry, A. D. Landry, H. M. Durke, A. A. Delhomme, and Alfred Hebert. Absent: Ford Hoffpauir and C. C. Brown.
The President being absent the secretary called the meeting to order and by motion duly made Mr. J. G. St. Julien was elected President pro tem.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.
By motion the sum of $12.50 was granted unto Widow Jas. Hebert indigent for the fiscal year 1894-1895.
The sum of $12.00 was ordered remitted to Atty. E. N. Pugh for deposit made in suit withdrawn before trial.
Messrs. R. C. Landry and H. M. Durke reported that Creighton's bridge had been compelled satisfactorily and recommended the acceptance of the same. The report was approved and the bridge accepted.
Mr. Durke was authorized to act in connection with the authorities of Vermilion in the repair of Odilon Broussard's bridge.
By motion duly made, it was resolved that the public road in the 8th ward, between the properties of Desire Monte and Mrs. Aleda Monte, be and is hereby changed so that instead of taking four feet in width off the land of each said proprietors as per report of jury of freeholders the required width of eight feet shall be taken from the property of Mrs. Aleda Monte, she consenting and agreeing to said change. The sum of $22.00 assessed and allowed to Mr. Deisire Monte, by the jury of freeholders is hereby cancelled and the said sum of $22.00 be and is hereby allowed Mrs. Aleda Monte as compensation for the land so taken.
Mr. Delhomme was authorized to purchase a car load of lumber for the first ward.
The following account was rejected:
Baxile Sonnier, Jr., repairing bridges, etc. $15.00.
The following account was laid over:
A. Gladu, Coroner fees ... $30.00.
The following accounts were approved:
There being no further business the Police Jury adjourned.
J. G. ST. JULIEN, President pro tem.
R. C. GREIG, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/3/1894.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 11/3/1894.
A glorious shower of rain Thursday night was a most welcome happening.
Mr. B. A. Salles, made a flying trip to New Iberia, Monday.
Mr. A. M. Martin made a trip to the Crescent City last week.
Railroad agent Davidson made a flying trip to Morgan City.
Dr. F. R. Tolson, went to New Orleans last Saturday and returned Sunday.
Mr. Fred Mouton and children spent Thursday, All Saints Day, in St. Martinsville.
Mr. Henry Bendel and wife, spent several days in town this week, on their homeward bound trip.
The Advertiser acknowledges with thanks a serenade by the Crowley brass band, last Wednesday evening.
Engineer Albert F. Cayard has relieved engineer A. Dupius on engine No. 704, running between this point and Washington.
Master Clifton Young, son of Dr. N. D. Young of Royville, will be an adopted member of Mrs. Adele Cornay's family during the current session of the Lafayette high school. He will enter upon his studies next Monday.
To-night at Falk's Opera House; A. PRETZEL CO. Lafayette Advertiser 11/3/1894.
From the Lafayette Gazette of November 3rd, 1894:
White Party vs. Negro Party.
We look upon the present fight as one between the negro party and the white man's party. The first and foremost issue is whether this State is to be Jamaicaized, Haytized and mongrelized, or whether it will remain a free, sovereign government, in the hands of the white race. That is the question that will be decided next Tuesday. That is the fight of the day. Whether is is to be a government of white men, or a mongrel government of whites and negroes. Lafayette Gazette 11/3/1894.
Meeting at Carencro.
About 250 white voters met at Carencro last Sunday to hear Democratic speakers discuss the issues involved in the present campaign. Mr. A. C. Guilbeau called the meeting to order and nominated Mr. V. E. Dupuis as president and Mr. H. E. Toll, secretary. Hon. Wm. Campbell was the first speaker who addressed the meeting. He made a straight-forward talk, denounced the attempt of the bolters to Africanize this State and proceeded to excoriate the Republicans in the latest approved style. The speaker then paid his respects to Prof. Knapp, a leading Republican. When the name of this worthy was mentioned, the deafening applause that followed showed how well he is remembered by his former neighbors.
The next speaker was E. G. Voorhies, Esq., who spoke in simple, chaste French, entertaining the audience in his usual pleasing style. He made a very effective address, full of unanswerable logic and spiced with witty and appropriate anecdotes.
The last speaker was Judge O. C. Mouton, who handled facts and figures and made a very convincing speech.
The speakers were applauded in a manner that unmistakably showed that old Carencro had not yet decided to "flop." Lafayette Gazette 11/3/1894.
The much advertised Republican meeting has come and gone and with it has left most of the enthusiasm. If the speakers succeeded in converting one solitary voter to the Republican faith of protection and bounty he has been so quiet that we have failed to hear of him. There was a brass band, and fortunately for the speakers the music attracted a number of boys who helped to fill the seats, this avoiding the unpleasant task of orating to an audience composed mostly of unsympathetic Democrats and empty seats. In the rear of the hall could be seen a crowd of 40 or 50 negroes, who presented a somewhat unusual scene, for, since several years the colored man here has been, politically speaking, simply "not in it." All in all the audience numbers about 160 people, who without exception, behaved very well, perfect order prevailing throughout the meeting.
The assembly was called to order by Mr. F. Otto, a leading Republican, who made a few appropriate remarks and requested Mr. J. M. Jones to preside, and asked Dr. H. D. Guidry to act as secretary. After being called the following gentlemen took seats on the platform and served as vice-presidents: Andrew Cayard, Hugh Hutchinson, Ben. F. Flanders, Jr., Aurelien Primeaux, Judge J. G. Parkerson.
Chairman Jones introduced Col. Gus. A. Breaux as the first speaker. The colonel spoke in French. He said that he had always been a protectionist, but was forced to remain in the Democratic party by the negro. In his opinion the negro had ceased to be a dangerous factor in politics and he would hereafter vote the Republican ticket. How the negro had so suddenly dwindled in to utter insignificance the colonel said that come what the white had the brains, the heart and the strength and would rule, but he did not say how the negro, Henry Demas, bossed the sugar-teats in the Second district and nominated Coleman against the expressed wishes of the sugar-planters, who according to the colonel, possessed the brains, hearts, etc. The distinguished gentleman spoke of the right of voting guaranteed to the negro by the laws, and said that this right should be respected. Col. Breaux's address, though of undoubted ability, was a repetition of the exploded arguments of the bolters.
Judge Beattie, the congressional candidate was the next and last speaker. Owing to the bad condition of his throat his address was brief. The judge uses some very forcible English and handles everything Democratic without gloves. He showed the utmost disregard for the feelings of the Democrats who were present. If the judge keeps on at the rate he was going here he'll not have a single vial of wrath left or after the election, when it will be in demand. Judge Beattie is a good speaker and though suffering from his throat kept the audience interested throughout his speech.
The committee on resolutions composed of Messrs. P. Demanade, Will Cayard, T. J. Breaux, Emile Romero, Dr. H. D. Guidry, J. G. Parkerson, reported the following which was adopted:
Lafayette Gazette 11/3/1894.
Sheriff Secures Sufficient Proof. - Sheriff Broussard never fails to catch his man and unless the niggers behave themselves he will have an unusually large number of them to take to the pen at the next term of court. It will be remembered that Mr. Benton was shot on the highway by a negro. As soon as he heard of the occurrence the sheriff immediately started to work to discover the culprit and soon secured sufficient proof to justify the arrest of a young negro named Alexandre Navarre, who is now charged with the commission of the crime. Lafayette Gazette 11/3/1894.
Bridge Completed. - The Police Jury has accepted the bridge recently built over Vermilion river by Mr. Fred Mouton. The Gazette compliments the contractor upon this splendid piece of work.
Lafayette Gazette 11/3/1894.
From Royville: (Now Youngsville)
Negro bull-dozing is dead several years now. The ignorant black has been taught his inferiority. He is aware that he figures as a "dead-head" in Louisina politics; he already knows that he'll be again made a target of, and by great Jehovah ! why don't he keep company to his faithful mule. Take your chances, blacks, but do not say you have not been warned. Laf. Gazette 11/3/1894.
The revival which had been going on at the Methodist church for two weeks, closed last Sunday after a very successful session. Eighty persons were converted and thirty-two joined the church. Rev. T. S. Randle conducted the ceremonies; he was assisted by Revs. Beard, Manly, Neal, and Ross Randle.
Lafayette Gazette 11/3/1894.
Arson Arrest Made.
Last week fire destroyed five bales of cotton in the ginnery of Emile Arceneaux near Carencro. It was thought to be the work of an incendiary and the circumstances surrounding the case led to the arrest or Portalis Martin, a negro woman and her son, Pierre, who were brought to town and turned over to Jailer Billaud. Lafayette Gazette 11/3/1894.
Better Watch Out.
Sheriff Broussard never fails to catch his man and unless the niggers behave themselves he will have an unusually large number of them to take to the pen at the next term of court. It will be remembered that Mr. Benton was shot on the highway by a negro. As soon as he heard of the occurrence the sheriff immediately started to work to discover the culprit and soon secured sufficient proof to justify the arrest of a young negro named Alexandre Navarre, who is now charged with the commission of this crime. Lafayette Gazette 11/3/1894.
In French and English.
The Pilette troupe of amateurs played at Falk's Saturday night to a small but appreciative audience. The entertainment consisted of short comedies in French and English and the creditable way in which all the actors acquitted themselves should be a source of pleasure and pride to their instructor, Prof. Alex Meaux. Lafayette Gazette 11/3/1894.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 11/3/1894.
Mr. Martial Billaud's refinery commenced operation last Saturday. A large crop will be ground at this mill.
Judge Debaillon returned Sunday evening from Vermilion parish, where he was invited to make a speech at a Democratic meeting.
Preparations are being made by Father LeForest to give a grand fair in Carencro for colored people on the 17th and 18th of November.
Charles Harnish, who is braking on the Alexandria road, came near being the victim of a fatal accident while at work last Tuesday, but fortunately received only a slight injury on the foot.
The Police Jury accepted the bridge recently built over Vermilion river by Mr. Fred Mouton. The Gazette compliments the contractor upon this splendid piece of work.
For a time it looked as if the good old parish of Lafayette would prove recreant to her duty, but now that the Republican misrepresentations have been exploded, the bounty-grabbers don't stand the ghost of a show.
Lafayette Gazette 11/3/1894.
PLANTATION FOR SALE
A PLANTATION, or tract of land, near the town of Vermilionville, and is within a stone's throw of the junction of the N. O. & Texas and the N. O. & Opelousas Railroads; and bounded as follows :
North by lands of Messrs. Rigues, east by lands of Wm. Campbell, west by lands of Hopkins & Kennedy, (formerly of widow Ursin Patin), and south by lands of widow Charles Martin and lands of heirs of Charles Mouton, containing two hundred and seventy acres, with all the buildings, improvements and accessories thereon and thereunto pertaining. This is one of the most desirable locations in this parish, the residence is large and commodious and is of brick ; the outbuildings are all in good condition. The land is equal to any in the country and is partly enclosed by a bois d'are hedge.
Also another tract of woodland situated at the junction of the bayous Tortue and Vermilion, bound on one side by land of Mrs. Charles Martin, and on the other by land of Alexander Mouton and fronting on Bayou Vermilion, seventy-two acres.
The whole of this property will be sold together, and possession given to the purchaser on the 1st of January 1874. Wm. B. Bailey