From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 7th, 1904:
A Delightful Rain Thursday.
Thursday a delightful rain fell, bringing relief from the dust which had become almost intolerable. For weeks and weeks the dry weather had lasted and daily the dust grew and increased until travel over the roads and in the streets of the town had become nearly unbearable. But the rain came Thursday and fell steadily through the day to the comfort and pleasure of man and beast. Following the rain the most pleasant of autumn weather has prevailed. Lafayette Advertiser 11/7/1904.
Grading the Court House Square. The grading of the court house square began last week and although only a small part of the work has been done, the improvement in its appearance is very marked. After the work is completed, we would suggest that at the proper season a number of oak trees should be planted, both to add beauty to the square and to give shade.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/7/1904.
Needs Repairs Badly. -The plankwalk on Buchanan street from Vermilion to Congress is in a very dilapidated condition and needs repairs of the worst kind. It is absolutely risky to walk it on a dark night and not the safest thing in the world even in broad daylight. Lafayette Advertiser 11/7/1904.
The James Boys in Missouri. - The next attraction at Falk's will be George Klint's Attractions, presenting the James Boys in Missouri, which will appear here on Nov. 12. Those who like a thrilling play, full of snap and go, will enjoy the excitement of this play. The career of the James Boys is well known and this play portrays an interesting espisode in their exciting experiences in Missouri. Lafayette Gazette 11/7/1904.
A System of Bill Boards. - Dr. F. E. Girard is having a number of large bill boards placed in conspicuous places and will use them for advertising purposes. Bill boards are a product of city life and the erection of a new system of them in Lafayette is another evidence that like the sun, "We do move."
Lafayette Advertiser 11/7/1904.
A New Supply of Home Safes.
The little home safes which the First National Bank introduced in connection with their savings department, proved very popular and the supply on hand was soon exhausted, resulting in disappointment to many. To supply these The First National at once placed a second order, which has arrived, and all those wishing one of these little home safes can have one by calling at the bank.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/7/1904.
For Judge 18th Judicial District, PHILIP S. PUGH, of Crowley.
For District Attorney, 18th Judicial District, WM. CAMPBELL, of Lafayette.
For Judge of First District of the First Circuit, Court of Appeals, JULIAN MOUTON. Lafayette Advertiser 11/7/1904.
SCHOOL BOND AMENDMENT
An Investment, Not a Debt - Resolution Adopted by the School Board of Lafayette Parish.
Viewing the proposed Million Dollar Bond Issue in aid of the public schools not as a debt at all, but in reality a sound and remunerative investment of the people's money by the State in a way that will operate directly and continuously toward cancelling the present bonded indebtedness of Louisiana by actively promoting thrift, enterprise and progress through the enlightenment and elevation of the masses as a result of the stimulating influences of education. And, knowing that the public school system of Louisiana stands in immediate need of the aid, encouragement and stimulus contemplated by the million dollar bond issue, we, as school officials and citizens and tax payers, hereby declare it to be our honest judgment that the proposed school bond issue is a wise and patriotic measure in the interest of the whole people, and earnestly commend the measure to the favorable consideration of the voters of Lafayette parish and of our fellow citizens in other sections of the State. We believe that one bird in the hand is worth two in the bush - that it is a much safer course for the people to secure for themselves the great and immediate benefits assured by the school bonds now within their reach than to trust to promises which may never be made in the future. Lafayette Advertiser 11/7/1904.
AN INVESTMENT, NOT A DEBT.
The resolution of the School Board, published in another column, declaring the bond issue an investment not a debt, presents the matter concisely in a correct light.
It is truly an investment, and one that will yield handsome returns.
One million of dollars means 1,000 new comfortable modern school building, each of which will accommodate 1oo pupils, furnishing schooling to 100,000 children every day in the year and every year during the twenty-five years the bonds are to run. The school houses will not be idle, but will work while the interest runs, yielding returns in educated boys and girls who will grow up into better men and women inspired by higher and higher and nobler ideals, and who will add largely to the intelligent citizenship of the State. Their trained minds and more acute perceptions will render them capable of doing more for themselves, their parishes and State. We cultivated intellects their capacity for developing the resources of the State and for adding to its material wealth will augment the taxable values far beyond the interest or even capital required in that investment.
To borrow the millions dollars NOW means the saving of thousands of splendid little boys and girls for higher citizenship, whose talents and services will otherwise be lost to the State. Can anyone compute the amount of such a loss? Not a child who has breathed the breath of knowledge, but will be the more useful as a husband or wife, father or mother and citizen, and in hundreds of ways return to the State the small sum expended on him or her. And among the thousands there will be leaders of men whose service to their fellow men, their homes and State money can not measure. And there will be others, too, kissed by the goddess of art, caressed by the fire of genius, but who, ignorant of their powers, will-pass through life and dumb for lack of the awakening touch of education's magic wand, depriving their State and the world of their great endowments. Is it worth it to bring into blossom these budding minds and talents? Is it worth it to add these thousands of the rising generation to the intelligence of the State? Is it worth it to increase the working force of our time by thousands of liberal, progressive young men and women? Is it worth it to provide for posterity is requital for our debt to our ancestors, by largely adding to the sum total of educated men and women to deal with the serious questions which loom bigger and more threatening to our liberties and those of our descendants?
A heavy responsibility lies upon our shoulders, more heavy than many of us imagine, and we should do our duty regardless of the sordid calculation of a few more dollars or less, and vote for the bond issue. Lafayette Advertiser 11/7/1904.
A School Bond Defender.
The New Orleans Picayune, Nov. 1, publishes the following interview with Dr. N. P. Moss, of Lafayette:
In speaking of the bond issue, Dr. Moss said:
"The school bond issue contains all the elements of a safe and beneficent public measure, and it is generally so regarded by others than those who are opposing the measure on purely personal grounds or for political reasons.
"The New Orleans press is directly and primarily responsible for the opposition to the school bond amendment through what many believe to be a very partisan and unfair presentation of the question to the public ever since the political upheaval over the District Attorneyship of New Orleans.
"The expenditure of $1,000,000 at this opportune time toward the upbuilding of the public school system of Louisiana would mean a net gain of ten years or more in the progress and development of the State through a more quickened intelligence of the masses that it would require a decade or two to acquire under ordinary and prevailing conditions. The quickened intelligence would manifest itself in increased thrift and enterprise that would largely redound to the advantage of New Orleans as the metropolis and chief business mart of the State.
"Newspapers which represent that there is no real ground or no urgent demand for better school houses throughout Louisiana betray a woeful amount of ignorance of the actual conditions in towns and country, and these misleading statements naturally weaken the merits of the school bond amendment in the minds of well-meaning people who believe these statements to be founded on facts.
"The point raised by some that the money to be realized from the bonds would fail to provide aid where it is most needed, that is in salaries of teachers and longer terms, is incorrect and untenable from the fact that the bonds would directly tribute to that very end by making it possible to devote the entire amount of the present revenues toward carrying on the school work itself, instead of being compelled to utilize a considerable part of these funds for building purposes, as is now the case.
"The social, commercial and industrial interests of the country parishes and of New Orleans are intimately bound together, and New Orleans can pursue no wiser business policy than to contribute in every possible way to the development of the intellectual and material resources of the country tributary to it; and it is the opinion of all good men all over the state that New Orleans is ignoring and sacrificing one of the greatest opportunities that will ever present itself to the people to help themselves, by not throwing its whole weight and influence in favor of the school bond amendment.
"In the eyes of those who are well informed as to the actual school conditions of Louisiana and the widespread illiteracy abounding throughout the State, the school bond issue offers a feasible and most advantageous plan for the rapid and effectual advancement along educational lines and broader and more useful citizenship, and there is not other way of accomplishing a like amount of general good in the same length of time now within reach of the people. If the school bond amendment should meet with defeat at the polls on Nov. 8, the loss of the State in enlightened and more thrifty and enterprising citizenship will be a loss that the State could better afford to pay $5,000,000 to prevent than forego the resultant benefits by withholding $1,000.000.
"Sentiment in my section of the State is daily growing stronger in favor of the amendment since the people have had an opportunity of hearing the question discussed in an unbiased and dispassionate way by Prof. Aswell, Mr. Caldwell and other earnest and trusted workers in the cause of education in Louisiana, who believe that the highest service they can render their State and their country is in building up an intelligent, forceful, patriotic and progressive citizenship. Lafayette Advertiser 11/7/1904.
Sketch of Girl's Dormitory.
[From 'The Vermilion, Nov. 5]
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 accomodating 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 homesickness 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 have to leave this beautiful place. Lafayette Advertiser 11/7/1904.
For Rent or Sale.
The Sunset Hotel, furnished is for rent or sale at reasonable terms. Apply to Mrs. F. Otto, corner Lincoln ave. and Magnolia streets. Lafayette Advertiser 11/7/1904.
To Farmers Around Lafayette.
The Lafayette Sugar Refinery.
The Lafayette Sugar Refining Co., Ltd., wish to increase the home delivery of cane to at least 30,000 tons during the next two years. They are offering liberal terms and inducements to secure this result and are prepared to co-operate with the farmers of this vicinity to build up a permanent and mutually profitable industry. For particulars call at the office of the company at the refinery. Lafayette Advertiser 11/7/1904.
[From the Franklin, Watchman, Nov. 5.]
Yesterday evening a most interesting game of football was played at the St. Mary Park between the Franklin team and a similar organization from the Lafayette Industrial Institute. There were many brilliant plays and both the teams showed up well. In the first half Franklin won by four points, Mr. Brown taking the ball over the line. Mr. John Bell, one of Franklin's best players, was considerably battered up, so much so in fact that he was forced to retire from the game and consult a physician. Mr. Brown, the finest player on either team, had been sick for some days, and was not in condition to stand the strain necessary in such a scrapping match - a rough and toumble contest of brute strength and agility. He did his best, as all the boys, but after the team was crippled by the retirement of Bell and Brown, Lafayette won by a score of 11 to 4. With each in good condition Lafayette could not stand against Franklin's men.
All the visitors were high class gentlemen and acted splendidly while here, and they enjoyed their victory as though they had done something great. Well they did, in a way, but their shouts will be whispered when they meet again on the gridiron. Lafayette Advertiser 11/7/1904.
The Woman's Club was delightfully entertained on Saturday afternoon by Mrs. W. A. LeRosen. There was a full attendance and much business of importance was transacted. The delegates elected to attend the convention of the State Federation, which is to be held at Jennings the 9th and 10th inst., are Miss Edith Dupre, Mrs. John G. Givens as alternate. They expect to carry a creditable report of the year's work with them.
The program which proved an interesting one, was as follows:
The last two numbers on the program were reserved for the call meeting, which takes place Tuesday afternoon at four o'clock with Mrs. Blake.
All members are earnestly requested to attend as final arrangements will be made for the Woman's Club Scholarship Fair, which they propose to give early in December. The Club was pleased to have as its social and literary work - as Miss Gertrude Mayfield.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/7/1904.
Police Jury Proceedings.
The Police Jury met Thursday with all members present except Pres. Billeaud and P. R. Landry.
In the absence of the president, Mr. L. G. Breaux was called upon to act as president pro tem.
The committee to investigate a dam on Octave Bertrand's place along the public road in the eighth ward, reported that the trouble, complained of, had been removed.
A public road offered to the parish by A. Judice at Scott was accepted and the president authorized to sign the act of donation.
The committee appointed to investigate the drainage of the public road at Jno. Landry's place in the 4th ward, reported that they saw nothing to change.
A resolution was adopted appointing Valery Boudreaux a committee of one to interview the manager of the Lafayette Sugar Refining Co. in regard to the railroad crossing over the railroad, which has been complained of.
Lucien Judice was allowed $12.50 a year as an indigent.
It was moved and seconded that C. Spell, police juror of the second ward, be appointed to interview Ex-Sheriff Broussard in regard to the account presented by Sheriff Badon of St. Martin. Carried.
A resolution was adopted that the two members of the third ward be appointed to interview Mr. L. Cunningham in regard to the stopping up of the flow of water on the public road near his place. Adopted, committee to report at next meeting. Coco Bonhomme was allowed $12.50 as an indigent.
The Jury then went out to examine the cement walk around the court house square and found the work was not finished. They allowed the contractor, Placide Breaux, $1,500, on his claim, balance to be paid when work is completed.
Morile Vincent was allowed $12.50 a year as an indigent.
The Jury then ordered that the court house square be graded, the cost not to exceed $125.00, contract to be let by J. Edmond Mouton and Valery Boudreaux.
After approving accounts, the Jury adjourned. Lafayette Advertiser 11/7/1904.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 11/7/1904.
Mr. R. C. Landry, a prominent farmer near Broussard, brought to this office a very fine stalk of sugar cane as a sample of the splendid crop raised this year. It can be seen in The Advertiser window.
Mr. Eloi Duhon, of Ridge, was a pleasant caller at The Advertiser office Thursday.
In order to furnish our readers with the news of the election we have decided to issue a special edition of The Advertiser next week Thursday morning.
Miss Ruby Scranton spent several days with friends in St. Martinville during the week.
The Woman's Club will give a Fair at Falk's Opera House Dec. 10, to raise money for the Scholarship given by them at the Industrial Institute.
Mrs. John Robinson was called to Welsh Friday on account of sickness.
Alex Whittington, the popular clerk at the Lafayette Drug Store, took several weeks off and put them in to good advantage at the Fair, with a side-trip two days just for lagniappe. He returned Thursday. Lafayette Advertiser 11/7/1904.
From the Lafayette Gazette of November 7th, 1903:
POST OFFICE IN NEW QUARTERS.
Postmaster Domengeaux and his assistants, Mr. Frank Domengeaux and Miss Laura Pharr, are now occupying the comfortable quarters in Pierce street provided by the government.
The new building erected by Mr. Leo Doucet under contract with the postal department is fire-proof and was built for its present use.
Mr. Domengeaux has installed 100 new lock boxes of the standard type and 12 new lock drawers, and he now has 225 lock boxes and 100 call boxes.
The public can expect an efficient distribution and handling of mail.
Contractor J. A. Vandyke had the work of the construction of the building in hand. Lafayette Gazette 11/7/1903.
BROUSSARD-SCRANTON MEETINGS SUNDAY.
Large Meetings at Royville and Broussard.
Democratic rallies were held Sunday at Royville and Broussardville, at which large representative audiences endorsed the candidates of the gentlemen forming the Broussard-Scranton ticket. Those present were enthusiastic in their expressions of support to the ticket, and the remarks of the speakers were generously applauded.
About three hundred voters were in attendance at Royville. The meeting was held in the Catholic church-yard in the shade of the oak-grove. Mr. P. B. Roy was chosen president on motion of Judge Parent, and the vice-presidents chosen were Dupre Hulin, Francois LeBlanc, Andre Hebert, Theodore, Morvant, Gerard Romero, A. L. Dyer, Dupre Breaux, and Harrison Theall.
Judge Julian Mouton and Dr. G. A. Martin made addresses in French and explained the issues presented to the voters in the coming primary.
Dr. Geo. W. Scranton, whose home is in Royville, also spoke. He did not attempt to deliver a set speech, but in a conversational tone, he addressed his friends of the fourth ward whose neighbors he has been for the past thirty years, and who have found in him during that time a most faithful physician and friend.
Sheriff Broussard also made a speech, and in an effective manner refuted the charges which have been current throughout the parish relative to the poll tax law.
The meeting at Broussardville was held in the afternoon, and fully one hundred and fifty voters were present.
Mr. A. A. Labbe was chosen president, and the vice-presidents were S. Greig, Jules E. Langlinais, Aurelien Olivier, Duplessis Landry, M. Billeaud, Sr., and Martial Fabre.
Dr. Martin, Judge Julian Mouton, and Sheriff Broussard were the speakers. Lafayette Gazette 11/7/1903.
Mr. Arthur Crooker of Lauderdale Springs, Miss., and Miss Medora Lindsay, daughter of Mrs. W. B. Lindsay of Lafayette, were married Tuesday afternoon at the home of Dr. G. A. Gladu. Rev. Father Forge officiated. Lafayette Gazette 11/7/1903.
Miss Clye Mudd, daughter of Dr. F. S. Mudd, and Mr. E. W. Chase were married Sunday evening, at the residence of the bride's father, by Rev. A. C. Smith. Lafayette Gazette 11/7/1903.
"Uncle Josh Spruceby."
The Reading Daily Review has the following to say about the "Uncle Josh Spruceby" company which comes to Lafayette for Monday, Nov. 9, at Falk's opera-house.
"A treat was in store for those who attended the performance of "Uncle Josh Spruceby" last night, for instead of seeing an old worn-out play. "Uncle Josh Spruceby" proved to be one of the most pleasing rural comedy-dramas that has visited Reading in many a day. Both the production and the company presenting it are far above the average and judging from the continued applause the play certainly gave entire satisfaction. The piece is staged with every attention to detail, the saw mill scene in the third act being particularly realistic and the thrilling climax was greeted with a storm of applause. Several clever specialties were introduced during the first and second acts and were of a high order. The orchestra with this company is a fine one and their music is of the highest class." Lafayette Gazette 11/7/1903.
Sells & Downs.
Sells & Downs' shows played in Lafayette Wednesday afternoon and evening to large crowds. The audience, as a whole, were well pleased with the show. No disorderly element accompanied it and our police had very little trouble to enforce the peace. Lafayette Gazette 11/7/1903.
Foot Ball at Institute. - The Institute boys will play the foot ball eleven of Delcambre Academy this afternoon. Coach J. Ovey Herpin had had the team under management for some time and a lively game is promised. The game will begin at 2:30. The admission fee is twenty-five cents. Laf. Gazette 11/7/1903.
Line Up of Foot Ball Teams.
Coach J. Ovey Herpin of the Institute foot ball team has favored The Gazette with the line up of the elevens which will contest for the pigskin on the Institute campus this afternoon.
The Delcambre Academy boys are L. E., L. Breaux; L. F., A. Miguez; L. G., C. Moss; C., A. Baudoin; R. G., C. Gary; R. T., Rene Breaux; R. E., C. Cormier; Q. B. and captain, A. Delcambre; F. B., A. Fricke; L. H., F. Nunez; R. H., T. Trahan. In the same order the home boys are A. Deville, Joe Artamon, Grager, Goe. Martin, Bienvenue, T. Artamon, F. Siadous, Harry Smedes, McNaspy, T. Breaux, captain, and L. Chiasson. Lafayette Gazette 11/7/1903.
Negro Boy Killed. - A negro boy accidentally killed another last Sunday afternoon at Broussardville. Three of them were returning in a wagon from a hunt, and a hammerless shotgun, in the hands of one of the boys, exploded, the load taking effect in the head of the unfortunate boy who was killed. Sheriff Broussard's deputies, who happened to be in Broussardville at the time, arrested the other two companions and lodged them in the parish jail. Lafayette Gazette 11/7/1903.
The Cement Walks. - At a meeting of the city council Tuesday night, practical steps were taken to hasten the construction of cement and plank walks on the streets already determined upon. The Gazette was informed by some of the members of the council that the completion of the walks is a matter of a few weeks.
Lafayette Gazette 11/7/1903.
Store Burglarized. - Sunday morning a burglar bursted the show window in Mr. L. F. Salles' store and stole a watch and some minor articles. No clue to the burglary has been found. Laf. Gazette 11/7/1903.
Fire Alarm. An alarm of fire was sounded Tuesday afternoon and the fire department promptly turned out to find fortunately that the fire had already been extinguished. Albert Delahoussaye's kitchen roof had burned a little from the flue. No damage resulted. Laf. Gazette 11/7/1903.
Home Destroyed. - Serves Dequeterre's home in Prairie Sorrel was completely destroyed by fire last Wednesday night. The residence, kitchen and out-houses were razed to the ground, and not even the household effects could be saved. Many friends of the unfortunate man in his neighborhood and throughout other parts of the parish have assisted him by practical financial aid. Laf. Gazette 11/7/1903.
Will Soon Build. - Geo. Doucet, the druggist, has purchased a lot adjoining the new post office from Leo Doucet, and will erect thereon a brick building 28 ft. by 60 ft.
Laf. Gazette 11/7/1903.
Fair for the Colored People.
The fair for the colored people for the benefit of the Catholic church at Carencro will take place Nov. 14 and 15.
Lafayette Gazette 11/7/1903.
Politics Warming Up.
Lafayette has been honored by visits from politicians of State-wide fame in the past few days. Judge Barksdale, Judge Walter Guion, Hon. Jared Y. Sanders, Hon. O. B. Steele, John A. McIlhenny, Joseph A. Provost have all been looking at their forces in this parish, and the announced visit of Gen. Jasteminski at Carencro tomorrow will add further interest to the campaign. Lafayette Gazette 11/7/1903.
Session of the Court of Appeal.
Judges Julian Mouton and T. Don Foster held a session of the Court of Appeal during the week. Three cases on appeal. The judgments in favor of the Gerac heirs against Isaac Burnett, and of. C. C. Bienvenue against the representatives of the late Edmond Pellerin were affirmed. The case of D. B. Hudson against the Lafayette Compress and Storage Company was taken under advisory. Lafayette Gazette 11/7/1903.
Mr. Arthur Crooker of Lauderdale Springs, Miss., and Miss Medora Lindsay, daughter of Mrs. W. B. Lindsay of Lafayette, were married at the home of Dr. A. Gladu. Rev. Father Forge officiated. Lafayette Gazette 11/7/1903.
Death of Mrs. J. G. Parkerson.
Mrs. J. G. Parkerson, wife of Judge J. G. Parkerson, died last Sunday morning at her residence in Lafayette, aged seventy-four years. She was buried Monday morning in the Protestant Cemetery, the funeral services were were in the Episcopal church, which owes its existence in a large measure to her charity and goodness of heart. Rev. C. C. Kramer, of New Iberia, conducted the burial ceremonies, at which a large number of friends were present.
Mrs. Parkerson leaves her husband, the venerable Judge J. G. Parkerson, and eight surviving children, Mrs. N. P. Moss, Mrs. C. D. Caffery, Mrs. E. P. Mills, Miss Lizzie Parkerson, and Messrs. W. S. Parkerson, of New Orleans, S. R. Parkerson, James Parkerson, and C. M. Parkerson.
For year's she was resident of Lafayette, and the loving qualities of a noble womanhood that she possessed were known to many who now mourn her loss. Lafayette Gazette 11/7/1903.
POLICE JURY MEETING.
The D. O. Broussard Bridge Matter Taken Up, and a Budget Adopted, Approved for Schools Increased.
The police jury met last Thursday with all members present except Saul Broussard of Carencro.
Attorney Martin reported that District Attorney Campbell had refused to proceed against Ralph Foreman and Alton Foreman for collecting or peddling licenses on the ground that the jury had made no special arrangements with him for said arrangements with him for said suit. It was decided to leave the matter in the hands of the parish attorney.
Sheriff Broussard appeared and asked for extension of time to settle with jury for taxes and licenses of 1901 and 1902. The jury granted time until next meeting.
Mr. Mouton reported in behalf of the committee appointed to locate site for the D. O. Broussard bridge, that the committee had held conference with committee from Vermilion and both communities had unanimously agreed to locate said bridge at Columbus Broussard's place, some nine arpents above the old site. Mr. Caffery appeared for a number of protestants from the fourth ward, objecting to the proposed location for various reasons and presenting a petition against the adoption of the committee's report. Mr. Mouton argued that the site was the proper one and was the best to be obtained in the interest of the whole parish. Mr. Whittington also favored the proposed new site and contended that the adoption of the old site had resulted in the breaking of the bridge by steam-boats several times.
Hon. Overton Cade addressed the jury, giving the history of previous negotiations with Vermilion and acknowledging the D. O. Broussard site unsuitable and favoring building the new bridge some 80 feet below the old site. Mr. Blanchet stated that he thought the building at the new site would entail more expense than at the old site. By motion of Mr. Buchanan, the report of the committee was received, action postponed, and the same committee was received, action postponed, and the same committee continued and instructed to ascertain further as to costs of different roads and approaches to the various sites recommended.
The committee on a budget for 1904 submitted a report embracing a total expenditure of $30,455.00, $7,000.00 being for public schools.
Mr. Buchanan objected to the appropriation of $7,000.00 for schools, urging that the schools were not run according to law and the school authorities should be rebuked by cutting down appropriations.
Supt. Alleman was called upon to explain complaints made, which he did, maintaining that while there may have been some irregularities and defects in the administration of the schools, yet, upon the whole, everything had been done for the best by himself and those associated with him. Mr. Whittington also contended against increasing the school appropriation and favored placing the proposed increase to bridge and road funds.
By motion of Mr. Mouton the budget was adopted as reported; whereupon Mr. Buchanan had entered upon the official record the following reasons for his voting nay: "Because I believe that the appropriation is larger than is necessary with an economical administration of the school fund; and because of the gross violation of the school laws of the State by the superintendent of parish schools in allowing books to be used in the schools not authorized by the State school board."
The transfer of land for a public road by L. E. Lacour and Paul Martin was accepted and ordered recorded.
By motion of Mr. Lacy all persons obstructing the public roads running from Scott to Opelousas and from the LeBesque place to Homer Chiasson's, were notified to remove said obstructions by Jan. 1, prox.
The treasurer reported balances as follows: General fund $38.76; special road fund, $1,934.74.
After approval of accounts the jury adjourned. Lafayette Gazette 11/7/1903.
City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., Nov. 2, 1903. - Regular meeting of the City Council was held this day. Mayor C. D. Caffery absent. Mayor pro tem J. O. Mouton presiding. Members present: M. Rosenfield, J. O. Mouton, A. E. Mouton, G. A. LeBlanc, F. Demanade, H. L. Fontenot, D. V. Gardebled. Owing to the absence of the Mayor it was moved, seconded, and adopted that the meeting be postponed until Nov. 3, at 7:30 p. m.
Lafayette, La., Nov. 3, 1903. - Special meeting be adopted as read. Carried.
Moved, seconded, and carried that the Finance Committee's Report be adopted as follows:
Lafayette, La., Oct. 31, 1903 - To the Honorable Mayor and members of the City Council of the town of Lafayette, La. Gentlemen: The undersigned, your committee appointed to examine the books of the collector and treasurer respectfully report that they have this day checked off and cancelled the warrants of the latter office, finding them correct. The receipts and disbursements since our last preceding report, July 31, 1903 are as follows:
The collector has collected and turned over into the treasury in taxes, licenses, water and light, material etc., $2,326.81, his commission at 3 per cent. $69.80, for which the Council should issue warrant in payment to date.
Respectfully submitted, GEO. A. DEBLANC, D. V. GARDEBLED, A. E. MOUTON.
The following bills were approved:
Moved, seconded and adopted that the sale of all fireworks, meaning, fire crackers, roman candles, torpedoes, sky rockets, or fireworks of any other kind, be and the same is hereby prohibited within the corporate limits of this town, and that any person violating this ordinance shall be fined in the sum of not less than $5 nor more than $25 and in default of payment of said fine shall be imprisoned not more than 30 days at the discussion of the mayor. This ordinance to take effect at once.
There being no further business the Council adjourned.
C. D. CAFFERY, Mayor.
LOUIS LACOSTE, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 11/7/1903.
Selected News Notes (Gazette) 11/7/1903.
"Uncle Josh Spruceby" will be presented at Falk's opera-house Monday night.
Miss Irma Voorhies has returned from St. Martinville.
Geo. DeClouet made a business trip to St. Martinville last Saturday.
Ward & Wade's Minstrels will play at Falk's opera-house, Sunday night, Nov. 8.
Mrs. T. N. Blake has returned from New Orleans. Lafayette Gazette 11/7/1903.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 7th, 1896:
PARISH ELECTION RETURNS.
Last Tuesday election came off very quietly, only about half the vote was polled in the parish due to the restrictions of the Australian ballot law, but this is due more to the anticipated trouble in making out the ticket than to actual restrictions. Of all votes cast in the parish there were but fourteen spoiled tickets, showing that there is no real apprehension to be held, and that with sufficient instruction every eligible voter will be able to cast his ballot under the law as easily as under the old.
This parish cast the following vote:
Courthouse - Bryan 170, McKinley 88, Palmer 7, Broussard 154, Beattie 125, Lily White electors 18.
Mouton Switch - Bryan 33, McKinley 3, Broussard 32, Beattie 3.
Simoneaux - Bryan, 64, McKinley 2. Broussard 58, Beattie 3, Lily Whites 1.
Scott - Bryan 110, McKinley 2. Palmer 2, Broussard 59, Beattie 3, Lily Whites 1.
Carencro - Bryan, 98, McKinley 6. Palmer 3, Broussard 84, Beattie 13, Lily Whites 1.
Hoffpauir - Bryan 87, McKinley 4. Broussard, 84, Beattie 5, Lily Whites 2.
Berluchaux - Bryan 63, McKinley 9. Palmer 2, Broussard 64, Beattie 15, Lily Whites 4.
Pilette - Bryan 59, McKinley 5. Palmer 1, Broussard 58, Beattie 5.
Royville - Bryan 57, McKinley 15. Palmer 3, Broussard 57, Beattie 45, Lily Whites 2.
Broussardville - Bryan 84, McKinley 2. Palmer 7, Broussard 76, Beattie 6, Lily Whites 2. Lafayette Gazette 11/7/1896.
LONG TERMS, EASY PAYMENTS, LAST CHANCE.
On Account of Removal.
Will be sold last bidder on November 28th (Saturday). The farm and home place of the late J. Sosthene Mouton, 200 arpents first class land. Beausejour Springs and all improvements, also, a few horses, 2 carriages, a few milk cows, 200 barrels good corn. Plantation one mile from Town of Lafayette, half mile from Refinery, a chance of a life time.
Remember the time - Remember the place. Terms to suit purchaser - Say, one third balance; 1, 2, 3, and 4 years cash longer time if desired. Lafayette Advertiser 11/7/1896.
Father Forge's Anniversary.
Yesterday was the anniversary of Rev. E. Forge. The pupils of Mount Carmel Convent took this opportunity to offer a token of love and esteem to the Rev. Father and to wish him many happy returns of the day. Lafayette Advertiser 11/7/1896.
The property on the corner in front of the Court House is being remodeled and two large display windows added, as soon as improvements are completed this building will be occupied by Plonsky Bros.
The coroner was called to Royville Tuesday to hold an inquest on the remains of Paul Landry which had been found lying in the road two miles from that place. It is supposed that as he was returning home his horse became frightened and threw him catching his foot in the stirrup and dragging him for some distance. The body lay at the road side all night and when discovered in the morning having been so bruised by the frantic horse.
The coroner's jury brought in a verdict in accordance with the facts. Lafayette Advertiser 11/7/1896.
Thos. Dean, larceny, 6 months State Penitentiary, pay costs.
Eraste Wilturner, assault and battery, 60 days parish jail, fine $25, in default of which 4 months additional. - Act. 59, 1894.
Jules Figaro, larceny, 6 mos. State Penitentiary.
Eraste Breaux, concealed weapons, 15 days jail, $15 fine, cost, in default 2 months additional. Act 29, 1894.
Eraste Breaux and Alex Andres, discharging firearms near private dwelling 30 days jail, $20 fine, in default 30 days additional.
Edgard Dugas, Penitentiary natural life.
Ernest Green, concealed weapons, 60 days, $25 fine, 4 mos. in default.
Eraste Green, assault and battery, 15 days, $15 in default 60 days add.
Henry Guilliman, assault and battery, 60 days, $20, cost, in def. 4 mos. add.
Geo. Bienvenu, larceny, 4 months jail and costs.
Jean Baptiste, larceny, 6 mos. Penitentiary.
Al. Dugas, 15 days, $15, 2 mos. in def.
A. L. Brown, arson, Pen. 7 years.
Bapt. Bruno, concealed weapon, 15 days, $15, 2 mos. in default.
Jose Flournour, 15 days, $15 in default 2 mos. Lafayette Advertiser 11/7/1896.
City Council Proceedings.
Council met this evening, regular session members present. Mayor Caffery, Messrs. J. O. LeBlanc, O. C. Mouton, Leo Doucet, B. Falk, and Dr. J. D. Trahan.
Absent: T. M. Biossat and Jos. Ducote. Minutes of regular meeting of Oct. 5th and Special meeting of Oct. 19th were read and approved.
Following accounts approved:
Ulyse Himel, Salary Dpty., Oct. ... $50.00
Shirley McFadden, marshal ... $50.00
Ambroise Mouton, month Oct. Lighting Lamps ... $25.00
H. Hebert, 2 days Deputy Constable, month Sept. ... $3.00.
Mrs. Gentil, feeding sick women ... $1.00
Andre Hebert, Hauling filth ... $3.75
I. A. Broussard, feeding prisoners, month Oct. ... $8.00.
Accounts laid over.
W. P. Oil Co., Bill on account of orders not being produced ... $40.67
Printing Road Bill for the investigation ... $64.50
Juror's Inquest over Body Sam Chatler.
To the Hon. Mayor and Members of City Council of Lafayette.
I have Collected the following Amounts to-wit:
For License ... $20.00
Taxes ... $65.47 1/2
Notices amount Collected ... $87.47 1/2
S. M. MCFADDEN, Marshal.
Ordered Recorded and filed.
Lafayette, La., Nov. 2, 1896.
To the Hon. Mayor and members City Council, 1896. D. V. Gardebled, Treasurer.
Oct. 5, Bal. Cash on hand as per report this day (unreadable)
Nov. 2, 1896. Cash (unreadable word) S. McFadden for
Licenses ... $20.00
Taxes ... (unreadable)
Tax Note ... $1.00
(Unreadable) ... $4.00
" " " C. D. Caffery Mayor ... $53.75.
Total to date ... $191.50
Oct. 7, Cash, H. Trahan, no. 221 ... $23.25
Oct. 7, Cash, W. Graser, no. 222 ... $3.60
Oct 7, L. Blanchard, no. 223 ... $8.00
Total to date ... $34.85.
Total cash on hand ... $(unreadable)
D. V. GARDEBLED, Treasurer.
Mayor reported having collected
(Unreadable ... $44.25
Bazars, (Permits) $22.50
Following resolution offered by O. C. Mouton.
Resolved that the constable shall keep a book to be known as the jail register in which he shall insert according to dates the name of the person therein, lodged the date and hour of the day, and the date and the hour of his release; and at every regular meeting make a report thereof to the City Council.
Upon the following vote the mayor declared same adopted.
Yeas: O. C. Mouton, Dr. Trahan, B. Falk, Leo Doucet, and J. O. LeBlanc. Nays: None.
Mr. T. A. McFadden appeared before the Council and submitted the tax roll for 1896, of the town of Lafayette prepared by him under contract from Mayor.
After examination same appearing correct and considering total thereof was approved and following adopted.
Resolved that a tax of 5 mills on the dollar and the same is hereby levied on all property subject to taxation without in the corporate limits of the town of Lafayette for the year 1896, for the purpose of paying the general expenses of said municipality.
Adopted by following vote.
Yeas: LeBlanc, Mouton, Doucet, Falk, Dr. Trahan. Nays: None.
Moved by O. C. Mouton sec. by Dr. Trahan that the com. of tax Collector for Collection of taxes and licenses be fixed at 4 per cent from this day.
Yeas: Dr. Trahan, Mouton, Doucet, LeBlanc and Falk. Nays: None. Adopted.
Upon motion the salary for hauling filth from corporation jail was fixed at $5 per month.
Mayor reported having contracted with Mr. McFadden in the sum of $50.00 for making of tax roll. Accepted by full vote.
C. D. CAFFERY, Mayor.
B. CLEGG, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/7/1896.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 11/7/1896.
The Western Union telegraph office was move yesterday to its new location - next door to the First National Bank.
The Nollive jewelry store and residence on Lincoln Ave. will soon be ready for occupancy. Mr. S. Broussard is constructing the new building.
At the Cotton Oil Mill all is moving along nicely. The plant is said to be one of the finest in the state, of which fact Lafayette may well feel proud.
Work on the M. E. Church is being carried forward rapidly. Soon the congregation will have a new church home that will be both handsome and commodious.
J. C. Nickerson, Agent for Messrs. Oxnard and Sprague, has erected a derrick and put in new scales for the handling of cane and will pay the highest market prices for same.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/7/1896.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 7th, 1891:
We make the following extract from the Norfolk Reformer, of Simcoe, Ontario, Canada, which announces the departure from that place of Mr. J. Nickerson, who comes to this parish to reside:
Mr. John Nickerson's departure from Simcoe he tells us is assured. All being well he will leave for his new home in Lafayette, La., three weeks from Monday.
His family will follow him in the springtime.
It is needless to say that Mr. Nickerson and the Reformer have not always agreed.
When John has been in the the right the Reformer has been his champion, but there have been times when he was not right, then the Reformer, which is never wrong, opposed him, and when the Reformer and John have been on opposite sides of any question there has generally been considerable music for the citizens of Simcoe to enjoy. But now that he is going from us he says "forever," past differences are forgotten and we wish him a hearty a God speed as any he will get. On the whole he has been a valuable citizen, and his influence has been at most times for the good of the town. He has left us at least one enduring monument - Oakwood, our beautiful city of the dead, the pride of every loyal Simconian is his handiwork. Simcoe can bear him in long and kindly memory for it if for nothing else. Mr. Nickerson as addressed the following letter to us for publication -- Mr. Editor, Dear Sir, --As I expect in a few weeks to leave this, my adopted country, and return to the land of my birth and boyhood, there to spend the sunset of my days among the fast fading shadows of an eventual life, I feel that I cannot leave without first thanking you for the many privileges you have granted me in the past thirty years of expressing through your columns my opinions upon many public and private questions. I also wish to thank the agriculturists of the County of Norfolk for the many honors they have conferred upon me during the last twenty-five years, in which I have been a Director of their Society, and I would say to the people of Simcoe, who will ever occupy the most verdant spot in my memory, that I thank them for the many honors conferred on me in Town and County affairs in the past twenty-three years that I have dwelt among them. And to those who, in my warmth and zeal in public matters, have spoken harsh words that have given offence, I extend the hand of apology and friendship. I expect in a few weeks to say a last farewell, and that in a short time I shall be personally forgotten, but I have, I trust, left footprints upon the hillsides to the east of our town that time can never erase. Respectfully yours, J. Nickerson.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/7/1891.
Several of our young people attended a sugar-house party at the splendid plantation of Mr. Martial Billaud, near Broussardville, last week. It is useless to say that they had a most delightful time, and Mr. Billaud showed them every attention and pointed out the manner in which the juice is extracted from the cane and the making of the sugar. Lafayette Advertiser 11/7/1891.
HIGH SCHOOL FUND.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/7/1891.
Selected News Notes (Advertiser) 11/7/1891.
Miss Martha Mouton is visiting relatives and friends in St. Martinville.
Mr. and Mrs. Felix Bellocq, of New Orleans, are in town stopping at the Rigues' House.
Mrs. M. F. Rigues and daughter, Yolande, returned home from New Orleans this week and will take charge of the Rigues' House. Mr. B. Avegno, who has had possession of the property for the past two months, has returned to New Orleans with his family.
Eugene Vallet, a colored man of this town, died on Tuesday night at the age of 48 years. He was born and raised here and was well liked by all of our people. He was sober and industrious, and had acquired some property by his strict attention to work. May he rest in peace.
Mr. Ed. E. Bourg returned this week from the sea coast, where he has been for a month or more fishing and hunting, and is in splendid health. Lafayette Advertiser 11/7/1891.
From the Lafayette Advertiser of November 7, 1874:
OFFICIAL VOTE OF PARISH OF LAFAYETTE.
Lafayette Advertiser 11/7/1891.
SELECTED NEW NOTES.
We again call upon all those who are indebted to the Advertiser to come up and settle their accounts, if they wish to avoid trouble and costs. The reader will find on our French page the majorities for State Treasurer of this State, in the several Parishes as far as compiled.
Fire - During the night of last Monday week, 2d inst., a fire broke out in the kitchen of Mr. Adrien Breaux, in this parish, and before it was discovered it was utterly impossible to check the flames which soon communicated with the residence, and in a few moments both buildings were reduced to ashes. Mr. B. lost all of his furniture and the most of his clothing. The buildings were new, having been put up within the last two years. The fire, it appears, was accidental.
Died suddenly in this place, during the night; of Thursday the 12th inst., Mrs. Michel Crouchet nee Augustine Advertiser aged 35 years. The funeral will take place this morning at 9 o'clock.
New Goods.- A number of our merchants have replenished their stores with choice and select stocks of winter goods, among the number are: Edmond Caine, corner of Main and St. John streets, whose store is filled with a splendid assortment of dry goods of all kinds.
J. H. Wise's establishment on the opposite corner from Mr. Cain's is also filled with choice goods, and he can furnish his customers anything that they may call for in his line. He is also agent for the celebrated Charter Oak Stoves.
F. Bourges on Main street can boast of as good a stock of dry goods, boots, shoes, &c., as can be found anywhere.
J. Revillon, the old and well known merchant on the corner of Washington and Main streets, has also received a large stock of dry goods of all kinds, including hardware, crockeryware, and any others. The customers upon entering this establishment will find polite and gentlemanly clerks to wait upon them and who will spare no pains in showing the good to whoever may wish to examine them.
That excellent merchant and genial gentleman, Z. Doucet, who holds forth at the upper end of Washington street has just received a select stock of goods of superior qualities. Will Clegg, of the firm of M. P. Young & C., corner of Washington and Vermilion streets, returned from New Orleans a few days ago with a large lot of fresh drugs and medicines, and also a choice assortment of groceries.
Wm. Bendel on Washington street has a good stock of goods on hand. Plonsky & Rogers, L. Levy, and A. Haas, all on Lafayette street, are now receiving goods.
Several of our merchants have not yet made their winter purchases.
The local of the State Gazette says: "Little boys should quit throwing rocks. A small sized colored boy had his head cut severely on last Sunday evening by a rock from the hands of his cousin. The next thing will be an eye." "Mind your eye," as the fellow said who shot the bull's tail off. - Ex.
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