Liquor License Issues.
Much interest was centered in the meeting of the Police Jury last Thursday owing to the avowed intention of the saloon men and their friends to petition for a repeal of the high license fixed at $1,000 (almost $26,000 in today's money) at the October session.
A large number of those directly and indirectly affected were in attendance to urge upon the Jury every conceivable argument either to make a reduction, to reinstate old rates, impose a license that would be a prohibitive in its operation, or submit the question to a vote of the people. Assessor A. M. Martin, Superintendent C. F. Latiolais, Prof. R. H. Broussard and Mr. J. O. Broussard appeared and addressed the Jury in behalf of the liquor interest. After hearing the various propositions the Jury declined to act owing to the fact that three members were absent. The petitioners then drew up a formal demand for a special meeting on Nov. 17 to argue and discuss the subject fully before the entire body.
The formal petition gives the Jury the credit of having "acted with caution and aiming for the best interest of all from all appearances," and then goes on to entrench itself behind the following formidable arguments:
"We contend that the precedent is vicious in principle, dangerous in its consequences, and pernicious in its effects; the first proposition is that it will centralize the business into the hands of a few; second it will force illicit sales of liquor; third it will cause much more drunkenness, debauchery, and corruption than the authorities will be able to manage unless they employ the vile means of establishing the 'spying system.' so obnoxious to a civilized community; fourth, considering the fact that the parishes of Vermilion, St. Martin, and New Iberia have refused to advance their licenses, it naturally follows that business will eventually drift to those points."
The petition then protests against the action of the Jury and demands that the question be submitted to popular vote.
If the foregoing is the best that can be advanced in behalf of the liquor interest, the gentlemen had better retire into the shades of obscurity and cease to uphold a cause so destitute of sound and reasonable arguments. It is not the intention of here preaching a temperance sermon or advocating prohibition, but such expressions as "vicious in principle," "Pernicious in effects," "force illicit sales," "cause more drunkenness," "cause more drunkenness, debauchery, and corruption than the authorities will be able to manage, unless they employ the vile means of establishing a 'spying system' so obnoxious to a civilized community," designed as they are to bolster up a traffic which the whole machinery of government, national, state, and parochial, has condemned and submitted to so many extreme measures for its abatement and control, remind us of the couplet that,
When the devil a saint would be
The devil of a saint is he.
With all due respect to those who have espoused the cause of the liquor traffic, the action of the Jury in placing the license at $1,000 seems to be founded on wise and reasonable grounds and commands the approbation of a large and intelligent portion of our population.
All this bugaboo argument about business going to other parishes should not be allowed to frighten anyone; much less, so mature and deliberate a body as the Police Jury. That body has acted clearly within its legislative powers and for the purpose of enforcing better police protection, and there can be no good reason adduced for any modification of the action taken.
The liquor traffic is a recognized evil and the Jury has done well in adopting a measure for its restriction. As to the proposition to submit the question to popular vote, little need be said. The Jury should not do so in the interest of any class of men, but whenever action is taken it should be for the good of the parish as a whole. The people have been nauseated with elections and considering the general apathy, no proper sense of the popular vote could be obtained just now. In the election next Tuesday for congressman and railroad commissioner, it is hardly probable that more than 250 or 300 votes cast. The test would hardly be fair just now. Let the Jury therefore maintain the high license at present figures and if the saloon men desire they may make a test at the next general election in the selection of a Police Jury. Let the Jury consider the welfare and good order of the whole parish while listening to such high sounding words of the liquor interest as "pernicious," "debauchery," "drunkenness," "corruption," etc. Let that body consider how much liquor has had to do in this parish with the evils above enumerated. Let it consider the fearful burden of criminal expense imposed by the traffic with its concomitant train of evils too numerous to mention.
Lafayette Gazette 11/5/1898.
Citizens of Royville Want a Railroad.
Royville, La., Oct. 29, 1898.
A mass meeting of the citizens of the southern portion of the parish of Lafayette, was held to-day in the town of Royville, for the purpose of taking such action in the effort to induce the Southern Pacific Railroad Company to build a branch road from the main line, at Cade station, to the town of Royville or beyond that point.
Mr. Overton Cade was requested to preside with Mr. B. F. Flanders as secretary.
Mr. Cade then addressed the meeting stated its object to be focusing of the wishes of the citizens of this section to the point of united action towards getting a branch railroad to relieve the paralyzed condition of the country, brought on by the low price of cotton, be enabling it to produce sugar cane.
Messrs. Sosthene Mallet, Sylvin Boudreaux, Hypolite Boudreaux, Nelson Higginbotham, Phil Cabrole, P. A. Dupleix, Martial Trahan, Eugene Bodoin, John Simon, Antoine Boudreaux, Saodese Broussard, Theodule Hebert, Adolph Picard and John Fabre, who were appointed a committee on resolutions, reported the following:
Whereas, the low price of cotton for the past several years and the prospect of a continuance of the same depression, have almost paralyzed all industries, and,
Whereas, From the experiments by our farmers with the sugar-cane we are convinced that we can raise as large and as fine cane as any section in the State, and could make it profitable for the Southern Pacific Railroad Company to build and operate a branch road into our section, therefore, be it resolved, that the secretary of this meeting be directed and empowered to address a petition signed by the citizens to the said Railroad Company asking a thorough investigation of the facts and requesting that they extend a branch road, all rights of way being guaranteed, from Cade station, by way of Royville, to Bayou Vermilion; and be it further resolved that a copy of these resolutions be attached to and made part of said petition.
Moved by Dr. R. O. Young and seconded by J. E. Primeaux, that the resolutions, as read by the chairman of the committee, be adopted. Carried.
Moved by Mr. Primeaux that an advisory committee composed of the following members: Messrs. O. Cade. H. Theall, P. B. Roy, Aurelien Primeaux, Dr. G. W. Scranton, Edmond Comeau, Jules Langlinais, Odilon Blanchet, Dr. N. D. Young, Numa Bernard, Desire Langlinais, P. B. Roy, Cleotas Landry, and Clebert Savoi, be appointed to act with the secretary. Seconded and carried.
Moved by Dr. N. D. Young, seconded by Mr. Roy, that proceedings of the meeting be published in the local papers, Times-Democrat, and Picayune of New Orleans. Carried.
There being no further business the meeting adjourned.
B. F. FLANDERS, Secretary.
The following petition was signed by more than two hundred representative citizens living within two miles and half of, and along, the proposed course of the railroad branch:
We, the undersigned citizens of the parish of Lafayette, respectfully petition your company to build a branch road from Cade station on your main line to Royville, or preferably to a point farther west, say to Bayou Vermilion. We guarantee all rights of way.
We have now enough seed cane to insure a fair crop next year. Our cane is of a superior quality and size, which show the eminent adaptability of our soil to the cultivation of cane. With such a branch road as we ask you to build we feel certain a refinery would be built at the town of Royville. We earnestly ask your early consideration of this and will aid you all in our power in any investigation you may be pleased to make. Lafayette Gazette 11/5/1898.
Democratic Mass Meeting.
Congressman Broussard, Mr. R. N. Sims, the nominee for railroad commissioner, and other speakers will address the Democrats of this parish in the court-house to-morrow at 11 o'clock. The ladies are especially invited to be present. Lafayette Gazette 11/5/1898.
All Saints' Day.
This touching and beautiful custom was observed by our people in the usual way. All day grown folk and children could be seen going to the cemeteries carrying pretty flowers to the tombs of the loved ones who have preceded them to the silent city of the day. Lafayette Gazette 11/5/1898.
Coming to Falk's Opera House.
There is a spread of good things in "The Real Widow Brown," the newest musical comedy success which is one of Manager A. Q. Scammon's strong road attractions this season. For an offering of this sort, strange to say there's a tangible plot. In fun, story and action it is much superior to the usual piece of its kind. The characters have individuality and purpose, and the dialogue is fluent, snappy and witty. Aided by the pretty girls, clever comedians, beautiful costumes, the newest vocal numbers and graceful dances, a thoroughly delightful evening's entertainment is assured at Falk's opera-house Monday night.
Lafayette Gazette 11/5/1898.
The local branch of Catholic Knights will give a supper to-morrow night at Mrs. E. E. Mouton's boarding house to celebrate its second anniversary. This branch has a long roll of membership which continues to grow in a manner that shows the popularity of the order. The officers of the branch are: J. Alf. Mouton, president; R. H. Broussard, vice-president; F. V. Mouton, recording secretary; August V. Labbe, financial secretary; L. E. Lacoste, sergeant-at-arms; Ulysee Pointboeuf, sentinel; Henry Gerac, treasurer.
Lafayette Gazette 11/5/1898.
An Excellent Dinner.
Judge Debaillon, Judge Julian Mouton, Messrs. Robert Harry, Wm. Campbell, Edward Voorhies, Isaac Broussard, A. M. Martin and the writer were royally entertained last Tuesday by Mr. John O. Mouton ably assisted by his son, Walter J. Mr. Mouton had credit to Lamothe's or Moreau's. Everything from the conventional gumbo to the pousse cafe was served with that unstinted liberality and good taste so characteristic of the Southern gentleman. Good cheer prevailed throughout and the eloquent utterances of the after-dinner speeches, frequently interrupted by Mum's Extra, expressed the appreciation of the guests to the hospitable host of the splendid manner in which they were entertained. Lafayette Gazette 11/5/1898.
Meeting of Teachers.
Lafayette, La., Oct. 29, 1898.
A number of public school teachers of the town and parish met in the Lafayette public school building, Oct. 30, for the purpose of organizing monthly institutes. The meeting was called to order by Mr. Philip Martin. Mr. W. A. LeRosen was elected president and Mrs. Ida H. Delaney secretary.
The following resolutions the importance of holding teaching institutes, both to the cause of education in the parish and the teachers themselves:
Be it resolved, That according to the order issued by the School Board, every teacher should be present at every meeting of the Institute which will be held on the Saturday following the close of each school month, at 10:30 a. m. in the public school building of Lafayette. The roll will be called and the names of those present and absent will be enrolled on the minutes and published.
The program for the next meeting includes a paper by Mr. Philip Martin on "School Management," and one by Mr. W. A. LeRosen on the "Importance of Institutes." All the teachers present will be expected to take part in the discussion of both of these subjects. The next meeting will be held Saturday, Nov. 26.
MRS. IDA H. DELANEY, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 11/5/1898.
The Jennings Fair.
The Fifth Annual Fair will be held at Jennings next week, Nov. 8 to 11 inclusive. An excellent program will be presented daily and the exhibits will be extensive. There will be trotting, pacing, running and bicycle races daily, besides other amusements.
The Southern Pacific sells round trip tickets to Jennings on Nov. 8, 9, 10 and 11 at one fare, children half fare, returning limit Nov. 12.
On Friday, Nov. 11, a special excursion train will leave Lafayette at 8:30 a. m., reaching Rayne at 9:10 and Crowley at 9:25. Tickets for this train will be sold at the following extremely low round trip rates: Lafayette 80c, Scott 70c, Duson 60c, Rayne 50c, Crowley 25c, Eunice via Midland 70c, Iota via Midland 40c, Mermentau 10c, Roanoke 10c, Welsh 20c, Iowa 45c, Lake Charles 70c, Westlake 75c, Sulphur Mine 90c, Edgerly $1, Vinton $1.15.
Take a day or two off and visit the only Fair in Southwest Louisiana.
Lafayette Gazette 11/5/1898.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 11/5/1898.
The Circuit Court convened here this week with Judges Blackman and Mouton on the bench. The docket consisted of four cases appealed from this parish.
The need of drugs is a need indeed. Drugs of standard quality are sold at the Moss Pharmacy.
In our last issue we stated that the Consolidated Engineering Company's suit against the town was fixed for last Monday. We were incorrectly informed as the case will be called for trial on the 28th of this month.
Mrs. B. N. Coronna and children arrived here this week where she was joined by her husband who has been in Lafayette several months. They will occupy one of the Royville cottages.
Dr. J. L. Duhart requests The Gazette to state that he has returned from Terrebone and is now ready to resume the practice of his profession. Lafayette Gazette 11/5/1898.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 5th, 1870:
NOTICE OF ELECTION.
In accordance with law, and the Proclamation of his Excellency H. C. WARMOUTH, Governor of the State of Louisiana, notice is hereby given to the qualified voters of the Parish of Lafayette that a general Election will be held on Monday the 7th day of November A. D. 1870.
For one Representative from the 3rd Congressional District.
For one Auditor of Public Accounts.
For one State Treasurer.
For one State Senator.
For one Representative to the General Assembly.
For one Parish Judge.
For one Parish Sheriff.
For Justices of the Peace and Constables provided by law.
For the Ratification or Rejection of the following amendments to the Constitution of the State.
An amendment providing that no person who has been officially a defaulter to the State Government, shall be eligible to Office until he shall have obtained a discharge from such liability.
An Amendment providing a substitute for Article 99 of the Constitution.
An Amendment to the effect that Article 50 of the Constitution shall be abrogated and stricken out.
An Amendment limiting the debt of the State to $25,000,000 prior to the 1st of January A. D. 1870.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/5/1870.
Polls will be open for the accomodation of the Registered voters of the Parish, from A. M. until 6 o'clock P. M., at the following named places:
Ward No. 1 - At F. Abadie's Store.
Commissioners: Oneziphore Broussard, Clemile Cormier and Antheol Bernard. Police Officer - Jerome Prejean.
Ward 2. Poll No. 1 - At Alfred Peck's house.
Commissioners: David Hayes, Jr., Joseph L. Dugat and C. E. Montamat. Police Officer - Alfred Peck.
Ward 2 Poll No. 2 - At C. O. Olivier's house.
Commissioners: Numa Breaux, Onezime Mouton and Charles O. Olivier. Police Officer - John O. Mouton.
Ward 3 - At the Court House, Vermilionville.
Commissioners: William O. Smith, Aug. Monnier and R. L. McBride. Police Officers: J. A. Chargois and R. L. McBride.
Ward 4 Poll No. 1 - Albert Hoffpauir's. Commissioners: Edward Hoffpauir, Eloi Gerac and Ford Hoffpauir. Police Officer Joseph L. Doux.
Ward 4 Poll No. 2 - At Alcide Trahan's store. Commissioners: Edgar P. Guidry, John S. Whittington and Alcide Trahan. Police Officer Jules Guidry.
Ward 5. At Valsin Broussard's house. Commissioners: J. G. St. Julien, Valsin Broussard and C. Aug. (unreadable last name). Police Officer Marcel Melancon.
Ward 6. At Edmond Simon's store. Commissioners: E. L. Hebert, Albert Dyer and Edmond Simon. Police Officer Desire Broussard.
Ward 7. At Royville. Commissioners: Pierre B. Roy, Edouard Comeaux and Calvin Moses. Police Officers Leon Duhon and Leopold Hirsch.
Office Supervisor of Registration, Parish of Lafayette, October 3rd, 1870.
E. P. GOODWIN, Supervisor.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/5/1870.
For State Senate.
At the request of citizens of the Parishes of Calcasieu, Lafayette and St. Landry, I have consented to become a candidate the State Senate. WM. OFFUTT.
At the request of many friends I have consented to become a candidate for the State Senate, for the Senatorial District comprising the parishes of St. Landry, Lafayette and Calcasieu. FRANCOIS DAIGLE.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/5/1870.
For Parish Judge.
We are authorized to announce A. J. MOSS, present incumbent, as a candidate for Parish Judge. Election in November.
Editor Advertiser, - Be pleased to announce that I am a candidate for the office of Parish Judge of this Parish, the election to take place in November. And in announcing myself respectfully solicit the suffrage of my fellow citizens. WILLIAM C. CROW.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/5/1870.
We are authorized to announce Mr. D. A. COCHRANE as a candidate for State Representative. Election in November next.
Mr. Editor. - Please announce Mr. M. (unreadable last name) as an independent Democratic Candidate for the Legislature, at the next election. MANY FRIENDS.
Mr. Editor. - Please announce me as a candidate for the Legislature, for the Parish of Lafayette, subject to the decision at the Democratic convention.
Very Respectfully, JEAN BERNARD.
Enclosed please find $10 and announce me as a candidate for Representative of this Parish at (unreadable words) November election. Respectfully, B. A. SALLES.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/5/1870.
We are authorized to announce GERARD LANDRY, present incumbent, as a candidate for Sheriff, at the election held in November.
We are authorized to announce MR. ALEXANDER MEAUX, as a Democratic candidate for the office of Sheriff of the Parish of Lafayette. Election in November. Lafayette Advertiser 11/5/1870.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 5th, 1909:
Mark Pellerin Instantly Killed By Falling Steam Pipe at Youngsville Syrup Factory.
A terrible accident occurred yesterday morning at the Youngsville Syrup Factory at half past one o' clock when Mark Pellerin, an employee of the factory, lost his life. Mr. Pellerin was bending over the pump when a large steam pipe about twelve feet above, fell and struck him on the side of the head, causing a deep wound and crushed his head badly. Death must have been instantaneous. Dr. L. O. Clark, deputy coroner, and Sheriff Lacoste went to Youngsville, upon hearing of the accident, and found the cause of death to be as above stated. The deceased was married, but had no children.
He was the son of Mr. Leonce Pellerin of St. Martinville, to which place the remains were taken yesterday for interment.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/5/1909.
A gruesome find was made Sunday in the lower Little Calliou swamp in the rear of the Babin place near Houma. It consisted of the badly decomposed body of little Gertie Rhodes, who with other members of the Rhodes family lost their lives to the September Storm.
The board of medical experts appointed to examining into the sanity of Sidney Jefferson, convicted of the murder of his wife at New Roads, gave as their verdict that Jefferson is sane and responsible for all his acts. That was the last hope that Jefferson had glimmering. Judge Claimorne immediately afterward sentenced him to hang.
The young son of Thomas Roger of Thibodaux, by his coolness and courage, prevented what promised to be a serious accident. He and other children of Mr. Thomas were on their way to church in a buggy. Young Roger was driving, when the horse became frightened at an automobile and ran away. Young Roger held on to the the reins until he was pitched headlong over the dashboard. This checked the speed of the horse and permitted several citizens to bring him to a halt. Young Roger was not badly hurt. Lafayette Advertiser 11/5/1909.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 12th, 1912:
Personal Experience of Industrial Institute President E. L. Stephens.
To Editor of The Country Review:
In response to your request for a vacation story, and presuming you mean a true one, I shall give you a brief account of a vacation-at-work that I greatly enjoyed some quarter of a century ago. You will pardon the autobiographic form, which I choose for its superior directness.
"Through some myopic and pig-o-cephalous misunderstanding of each other's interests, Natchitoches and the Texas & Pacific railroad failed to get together when that line was laid in 1882. The city fathers wouldn't raise a bonus, and the road builders wouldn't come on to town, anyway - as the fathers had supposed they would have to; the engineers found that a slight twist to starboard they could leave the town some twelve miles to port - which they did. So, in order to get the blessings of a "railroad civilization," our folks moved to Provencal, a thriving agricultural manufacturing and railroad center - having a sawmill, store and post-office, besides the station, water tank and section house.
Provencal was in some respects a metropolis and excited the wonder and admiration of the inhabitants for many miles around. A 19-year old bare-foot boy walked there from Leesville, forty-two miles, and upon hearing the ticking of the telegraph instruments in the station exclaimed in wide-eyed nasal-toned wonder: "Well done, sir!" (a Provencal provincialism not intended to express approval as the words suggest, rather amazement - in fact, is an exact equivalent of "By Hokey!" or "Well, I'll be consarned!"); and then added (Leesville paper please copy): "They's mo' cur-rus things about a ta-own then er little!" To admit the truth, I heartily agreed with him; for although steeped in the urban culture or Natchitoches, and sharing in the pride of its hoary antiquity, I was nevertheless profoundly impressed by the choo-choo of locomotives, the "flickety-flack" of the hand-car, the lost-time-pick-it-up" of the freight engines, and the "catch-a-ni%#er-" of the passenger engines - as onomatopoetically interpreted for me by Uncle George", the negro man-servant in the new environment.
But most of all was I impressed by the same thing that struck the Leesvillian, the telegraph instrument and their wonderful transmission of messages. It is true that for some years there had been a telegraph line in Natchitoches, all the way from Coushatta, and that our citizens had been able to get "dispatches" whenever anybody was dead, or such things, but the volume of business was so small that few people realized the existence of this mode of communication. At any rate, I did not, until I went to Provencal. John Trichel, a Natchitoches boy, was the operator and railroad agent, and quickly became - and has always remained - one of my most admired and valued friends. (He is now one of the chiefs of a bank in Shreveport, and by co-incidence another chief in that bank is Mr. L. M. Howard, of Coushatta, another good friend, who was in those days the operator that ran the telegraph line referred to above. John Trichel taught me how to telegraph, and Mr. Howard practiced with me from Coushatta over his line, which then ran to Provencal. And thus it gradually came about that in the summer of 1888 I was exalted to the position of night telegraph operator at that station, and had the preliminary experience which led up to the vacation-at-work which is the subject of this story.
It was the following spring after returning from school at Keachie College (famous latterly as the institution in which Amos Ponder and Tom Barret learned Latin), where I had fallen ill and needed a change, that I conceived the plant of a vacation at railroading in Iowa. The vicissitudes of railroad politics had suddenly changed Superintendent J. H. Redmonds; address from Marshall, Texas, to Marshalltown, Iowa, and his jurisdiction from the Texas & Pacific to the Iowa Central. He employed me and sent me a pass from St. Louis to Marshalltown. I went to Texarkana by courtesy of my former Chief Dispatcher, and thence to Little Rock in a freight caboose - a brakeman by brevet, and so on to St. Louis. On the Wabash Western I had my first experience in a Pullman car, having all the difficulties later described by "Mr. Dooley" and others in the literature of that subject. The next morning I looked out on a flat prairie country. The air was cold, dry and invigorating. The engine squalled a new way, to my ears. The idea of hustle, the sight of big barns and grain elevators, the smell of glucose, and the sense of out-west-ness are associated in the recollection of my arrival, April 8, 1888, in Marshalltown.
I was sent to be agent at Kilduff, on the new Sharon branch, as barren and bleak-looking a spot as I ever felt. By its side Provencal was indeed a metropolis. It had one store-post-office and the depot, and nothing else. My salary was $20 a month. I got board for $12.50 a mile away at the little new farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Jake Nebergall, just married. Though at first greatly discouraged and homesick, I soon braced up and learned the technique of the day's work, the billing and shipping of a few crates of eggs per day and an occasional car of cattle and hogs. I got acquainted with Mr. Reardon, who owned the store; Tom Winders, the conductor, and Bill Drinkle, the engineer, of the one train we had each day, and also with the operators at Sharon and Newton, at whose instance I joined the Oskaloosa Division of the Order of Railway Telegraphers, thus meeting Henry DeVore (who still writes me once a year,) Fred Hall, S. J. McLoughlin, Ben Fallis, and others whose names in the world or railway wire handlers have been like those of Jennings, Chance and Muggay MCGillicuddy in the great world. And after that even Killduff was not so bad.
I was soon ordered to relieve the agent at Gillman on the main line, and here the vacation became "no joke." Gillman then had nine hundred people, a bank, flour mill, canning factory and grain elevator. I was the railroad's only employe there; freight, ticket and express agent, telegraph operator, baggage man, porter, mail carrier and switch light tender. Daily at 5 a. m. I walked two miles to bring in the four switch lamps, fill and clean them during the day, and walked the same two miles to replace them before sunset. In receiving trunks from the baggage car) my heft being 112 pounds_ I quickly learned the gentle art of touching one end of the trunk with the tips of my fingers, saying "tag." and stepping clear - to keep from stopping it too suddenly. I thus became a humble medium in the revolution of trunk manufacture wherein boiler plate has been substituted for less durable materials. I daily shipped some dozen carloads of cattle, hogs, canned goods, flour and grain to Chicago. The express and Western Union business was large, drummers carried excess baggage requiring extra service of the agent, and the bookkeeping kept me late at night. The night Forepaugh's show passed through with four trains, the dispatcher ordered me to remain up all night; and I came near causing a wreck by failing to observe that my red signal-lamp had gone out, but fortunately I did discover it in time to stop the train for which I had orders, by swinging a white light instead. This job was a "real roast," and, although I had formed a friendship with Mr. Seager, the banker, and his brother Charles, who had fought in the Second "Ioway Regiment and seemed interested to have a live young "rebel" in camp, and though I got $65 a month there, I was glad to be relieved when the agent returned.
From Gillman I went to Albia as day operator for a month, then to Hedrick for another, and from there I was promoted to the very desirable position of "copying" operator in the Dispatchers office at Marsalltown, which leads in order to a dispatcher's "trick." This I liked so well that if I had had my own way I would have remained permanently in a railroad career; but my hard-hearted father at this time joined with my mother in insisting that I should return home and become a student in the State University at Baton Rouge, which I did.
I left Marshalltown Sept. 29, 1889, after one of the best vacations I have ever had, a vacation-at-work. It had been pleasant, healthful and helpful, giving me a view of a different state from my own, a brief course in the college of Hard Bumps, a sense of serving, and of earning a part of my own way in the world, and, best of all, the happy remembrance of a few good friends that I could not have otherwise known; a summary essentially equivalent to the three desiderata of Robert Louis Stevenson, the well beloved:
I. - Good health.
II. - Two to Three Hundred a Year.
III. - O du lieber Gott, friends!
Lafayette, La, Aug. 23, 1912.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/5/1912.
The Girl's Dormitory at The Institute:
From "The Vermilion." Casting your eye toward the east of the campus, there arises in the distance a beautiful three-storied edifice composed of turrets, wings, porches and balconies, all together resembling on a small scale a castle of olden times.
There is now a row of beautiful oaks stretching from one end of the ground to the other and it seems as if those mighty trees have grown, and spread their lofty welcoming branches for the sole purpose of sheltering the girls of the New St. Charles, the name given to this new building.
It is divided into twelve rooms of different sizes, some pleasantly accommodating six girls, some four and others two. These rooms are beautifully papered, well ventilated and are furnished with "cunning" little white iron beds, washstand of the same material and handsome dressers. However some of the rooms have double-deckers which afford the girls great amusement and an opportunity for showing their gymnastic skill. They are usually very successful in getting snugly settled for a long night's rest.
The girls take great pride in beautifying their rooms by decorating the walls with Kodak pictures of all descriptions and ornamenting the windows with pot-plants. Various crude window seats have been constructed by some of the girls who possessed a small amount of manual training skill, the defects of which have been covered by gay colored sofa cushions. Here in this cozy spot we live as a large family. Mrs. Baker, a lovable and gentle lady, performs the duty of matron. To my imagination, no girl should get the abominable feeling of home sickness under her motherly care.
It is needless to say that when the time shall come for us to move into the new brick dormitory which is now being constructed, it will be with a sad heart that we will leave this beautiful place.
From the "Vermilion," and in the Lafayette Advertiser 11/7/1904.